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Palm Beach County Main Detention Center Inmate Commissary

3228 Gun Club Rd
West Palm Beach,
Palm Beach County
Main Phone: 561-688-4400
Beds: 1526
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Palm Beach County Main Detention Center Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in West Palm Beach, 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.

What is the Purpose of an Inmate Account?

Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Palm Beach County Main 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.

For a complete list of items offered through the Palm Beach County Jail Commissary Store click here

For an updated Commissary Schedule click here

Who Can Put Money in an Inmate's Account?

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.

How to Put Money on an Inmate Account in the Palm Beach County Main Detention Center

There are usually four choices for putting money on an inmate's books:

Choice 1
Dropping Money at the Jail

Bring money to the jail in person. Click here or here to see where to drop money off and whether it has to be cash or a money order.

Jail personnel will process the Inmate Account payment.

Some jails have self-serve kiosks in the lobbies that accept cash, debit or credit cards.

If you can't get your questions answered online call the Palm Beach County Main Detention Center at 561-688-4400.

You may deposit funds using cash, credit and or debit cards by using the Cobra Cashier Kiosks which are located in the release lobby at the Main Detention Center, the Video Visitation Center and the visitation lobby at the West Detention Center. The money deposited at the kiosks are immediately available to your loved one, but keep in mind all monies are subject to normal collections for debts owed to the jail including bond money. There is also a $2.75 convenience fee at the kiosks that is deducted from the amount deposited.

For more information on the Cobra Kiosk System click here or here
Choice 2
Deposit Inmate Money Online

Palm Beach County Main Detention Center and others often use a private company to process all online deposits to an inmate's account. The company charges you a small fee for doing so, but the fee probably isn't as much as gas and parking would cost to take it to the jail in person.

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 the deposits.

You will need your inmates name, jacket number and cell id which may be found by clicking here

You can make payments online using credit or debit cards by going here, you must enter a Payment Location Code which is 5500

Choice 3
Mail the Inmate Deposit to the Jail

Mailing a deposit takes more time to process than the other methods but can be done if you live too far away to bring it in person and you don't have a debit/credit card for online deposits. Never send cash. Always send a Money Order from the US Post Office, a reputable bank or Western Union.

Make the Money Order out to the inmate's name and put their Inmate ID# in memo section of the Money Order.

To locate your inmates’ jacket number and cell id click here

Send money orders to:

Inmates Name, Jacket number, Cell Id

PO Box 24716

West Palm Beach, FL 33416

Call Palm Beach County Main Detention Center at 561-688-4400 to confirm the address to send the money order to and how they want it made out.

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.

Choice 4
Make an Inmate Deposit over the Phone

Most of the online companies will accept deposits over the phone with a debit or credit card. To do this you will need the inmate's offender # (inmate ID #) and full legal name.

To locate your inmates’ jacket number and cell id click here

You may also use your credit or debit card over the phone to add money by calling 1-888-277-2535.

Click here to find out about making a deposit over the phone.

What can an Inmate Purchase through Commissary?

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 Palm Beach County Main Detention Center Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here and here and here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 561-688-4400.

Inmates are assigned commissary days, and are allowed to spend a maximum of $160 per commissary day, $80 for clothing and $80 for all additional items. For a complete list of the Commissary Store list click here

For the Commissary Schedule click here

Inmate Care Packages

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.

Palm Beach County Jail does not currently allow care packages.

To see if Palm Beach Central County Jail currently offers care packages click here

What is the Maximum Amount I can Deposit in an Inmate's Account?

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.

At Palm Beach County Jail there is no limit on how much an inmate can have in their account, but any amout in excess of $10,000 is subject to IRS reporting requirements.

Inamtes are assigned a commissary day. They are allowed to spend a toal of $160. Per commissary day, $80 for clothing and $80 for all additional items.

Call Palm Beach County Main Detention Center at 561-688-4400 or click here to learn the Inmate Account deposit limits and other rules regarding depositing money on an inmate's books.

Medical Copays, Jail Fees and other Inmate Expenses

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 Palm Beach County Main Detention Center at 561-688-4400 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 Palm Beach County Main Detention Center fees can be determined by going here or calling 561-688-4400.

Inmates are currently charged $3.00 per day everyday they are incarcerated and are charges a $25.00 processing fee. Fees for medical are as follows: Nurse Clinic $5.00, Medical Clinic $10.00, Dental Clinic $10.00, Prescriptions are $7.00, and should your loved one need transported to their own doctor the fee is $100.00.

Important Tips

Call the Palm Beach County Main Detention Center at 561-688-4400 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.