The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Lee County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Ft. Meyers, Florida.
Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate has access to commissary, and in some cases medical and bail money, as soon as possible.
Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Lee County Jail, the jail maintains a 'bank account' for the inmate to purchase products and services from their commissary (canteen) store.
Commissary funds allow inmates to purchase items such as personal hygiene products, snacks and stationery supplies from the jail store.
Inmates can use money from their account to purchase phone time credits or prepaid phone cards in order to make outside phone calls to friends and family members.
Many jails also allow an inmate to bail himself out of jail if he has the funds in his account. The bail amount is typically 10-15% of the bond amount set by the court.
Inmate accounts are also used to pay the co-payment for medication and visits to the jail's medical clinic should they become ill.
Anybody can contribute to an inmate's books or commissary fund as long as there isn't a no-contact order in place.
Because of the ability for family members and friends to deposit money online using a credit or debit card, jail inmates can now receive funds from anywhere in the world.
There are usually four choices for putting money on an inmate's books:
Dropping Money at the Jail
The jail provides several kiosks for your use. They are located in the lobby and work like reverse ATM machines. You put money in by using cash, or a debit/credit card. You need the inmate’s name and booking number. Click here to locate the booking #.
Lee County Jail contracts with Global Tel Link to process deposits to inmate accounts. You will need the inmate’s first and last name and booking number. Click here to locate the booking #.
Global Tel* Link
Global Tel* Link provides prepaid accounts, which give you the opportunity to accept calls from inmates on any phone that you attach to the account. Before you can accept the first call, you must open an account using the following steps.
To Open a My Account
Click here to register for an account.
Read and agree to the company’s terms of service.
Fill in required information including a valid email address.
Add the jail/prison to your account with the following steps.
Select a state from the drop down menu.
Click on the desired facility and hit next. (You cannot complete your registration until this is done).
Hit the submit button. An activation email will be sent to the email you provided.
Go to email and click on activation link. You will be taken to the site again. Log in from there.
Click the sign up button and then add the phone number you wish to have associated with the account. This is the phone number that will receive calls from the inmate.
Choose whether to associate the address used for registration or a different address and input that address.
Choose which facility you wish the above entered phone number to be attached to. The next page will show you the phone number and facility that go together. You can repeat these steps to add additional phone numbers or facilities as needed.
To Add Funds
Click here to log in.
Click on the blue “Make a payment” link.
Select the phone number and facility from the drop down menu that you wish the money to be applied to.
Click add card and enter debit or credit card information-then press the close button. There is a $25 minimum deposit each time you fund the account. A service fee of $6.95 is deducted from each deposit you make.
On the page where you add your card information, you will be given the opportunity to sign up for automatic funding. If you choose this option, whenever your balance gets below $7.00 your credit/debit card will automatically be billed $25 or $50 depending on the amount you chose at sign-up. If you don’t wish to choose this option, simply add your credit card for a onetime payment at the top half of the page.
OFFENDER PHONE ACCOUNT
This is an account that you can fund for a specific inmate. Once it is funded, the inmate can use it to call anyone on the approved phone list, instead of being limited to one phone on the account. If you fund an Offender Phone Account, the inmate then owns the funding and you cannot retrieve it or limit his calls to any specific phone.
Click here to log in.
Choose “Offender Phone Account” on left side of page.
Choose the inmate from your offender list for whom you wish to fund an Offender Phone Account.
Only those housed at facilities that allow offender phone accounts to be funded through family and friends will appear on this list.
If no names appear, the facility does not allow family/friend Offender Phone Accounts. You can still set up a My Phone Account and have the inmate call you on a specified phone.
Input credit/debit card information and amount. There is a $25 minimum deposit required. A $7.95 service fee is deducted from each deposit you make.
Check information and amount and if correct, click submit. The funds will be available to the offender within minutes of your deposit going through.
Click here to view the Global Tel Link/Connect Network contact information.
This jail accepts mailed deposits for inmate accounts. You can only send money orders or cashier’s checks. Any other type of deposit will be returned to sender.
Make the Money Order out to the inmate's name and put their Inmate ID# in memo section of the Money Order. Click here to locate the booking #.
You must mark FOR DEPOSIT ONLY on the outside of the envelope in clear bold letters or the deposit will be returned to you.
Inmate’s first and last name and booking #
Lee County Core Facility
2501 Ortiz Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33905
Failure to do this properly will delay your inmate getting his account credited and may require you to have to resubmit a second money order.
Click here or here to view online how to make the money order out and where to send it.
This jail does not accept deposits by phone for inmate accounts.
People who have never been to jail would be surprised by the large amount of candy, snacks, art supplies, playing cards, hygiene products and clothing that can be purchased through a jail's commissary. Some jails have several hundred different items.
The Lee County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 239-477-1500.
While there is no limit to the amount you can deposit, the inmates do have limits on what they can spend.
Some jails have contract agreements with third party Commissary companies that ship predetermined Care Packages of candy and snacks.
These can be ordered by you online and are delivered directly to the inmate.
Inmates at this jail are charged fees for processing, some medical needs, damage to property caused by the inmate and other things.
Medical and dental care will not be denied due to lack of funds. Once deposits are placed on the inmate’s account, the fees owed will be deducted before the inmate receives the balance.
Keep this in mind when deciding how much to deposit. If you want the inmate to receive a certain amount for spending, ask him or her if there have been doctor visits or call the jail and ask for an accounting of what is owed so you can deposit that amount plus the money you wish to include for spending.
Call the Lee County Jail at 239-477-1500 and ask how you can view a commissary list. This gives you an idea of what things cost the inmate and you can make an informed decision regarding how much to deposit.
Not surprisingly much of an inmate's commissary money is used to purchase item's to pay gambling debts or purchase prescription medicine from another inmate. If your inmate is spending more than $3-4.00 a day on commissary items, you are paying for him or her to gamble or buy drugs.
Put your financial needs first and the inmate's second. Don't forget, the inmate is getting three free 2,000 calorie meals a day. The food may not be of the highest quality, but the commissary food is generally much less nutritious.
Click here to view the jail website for additional information.