The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Miami, 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 Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center, 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.
You must have the following to deposit money to an inmate account if you choose to use a kiosk or the online system.
Facility Locator No. 233101
Miami-Dade County, FL
Inmate Jail Number
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
You can take cash to:
TGK Correctional Center : 7000 NW 41st Street
Staff cannot provide change so be sure you take the amount of cash that you wish to put on the inmate’s books.
Cash deposits are accepted seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Pre-trial Detention Center: 1321 NW 13th Street
Cash deposits are accepted seven days a week from:
7:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.
Staff cannot provide change so be sure you take the exact amount of cash that you wish to put on the inmate’s books.
There is also a kiosk located at 13850 NW 41st Street that accepts cash, credit/debit cards in the lobby of the building that is accessible 24 hours a day.
If you can't get your questions answered online call the Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center at 786-263-5101.
Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center contracts with a private company to process deposits made online.
You must have a valid email address to use the online service.
Click here to register for a free account.
Login to the account and locate your inmate through the state, facility and inmate name, drop down menus.
Click here or here
to reach the online site for depositing funds. You will need to
register an account, which is free to do and use a debit/credit card for
Choose the correct inmate and booking number.
Fill in all requested information.
Note the amount including the service fee.
If you wish to make the deposit, click submit.
There is a $300 maximum allowed per deposit.
This jail no longer accepts money orders or cashier’s checks, therefore, mailed deposits are not accepted.
If you mail one, it will be discarded or returned uncashed which will delay your attempts to provide commissary to your inmate.
Click here or here to view online how to make the money order out and where to send it.
You can make a deposit by telephone using a debit/credit card or your checking account information.
Call 1-866-232-1899 and follow the voice prompts to make a deposit.
Click here to find out about making a deposit over the phone.
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 Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 786-263-5101.
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.
Jails typically have limits on how much money an inmate can have on the books at any one time.
They also have limits on how much you can deposit for an inmate at a time.
The standard monthly limit an inmate can spend is between $300 and $400.
Call Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center at 786-263-5101 or click here to learn the Inmate Account deposit limits and other rules regarding depositing money on an inmate's books.
Many jails debit (charge) an inmate's commissary accounts for medical visits, any medications including over-the-counter pain reliever, jail stay fees, restitution, etc.
Taking this into consideration when deciding how much to deposit will ensure the inmate gets the amount you wanted him to have after things are deducted.
A quick call to the Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center at 786-263-5101 will let you know how much is deducted from the books for each fee related to medical issues or other jail expenses.
Online you can find the medical fee information by going here, Other Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center fees can be determined by going here or calling 786-263-5101.
Call the Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center at 786-263-5101 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.