The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Polk County Central Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Bartow, 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 Polk County Central 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
You may bring the deposit to the jail and make the deposit in a kiosk. The kiosk at Central County Jail is located at 2390 Bob Phillips Road, Bartow. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
The kiosk at South County Jail is located at 1103 U.S. Hwy 98 West, Frostproof. Available hours are: Monday – Sunday, 7:30am -10:30am, 12:00pm – 4:00pm, 5:00pm -7:00pm
You can deposit cash or use a credit/debit card. Cash must be exact as the machine does not provide change. There will be a convenience fee for each deposit made.
Polk County Central Jail uses Smart Deposit for processing online deposits to inmate accounts. You must register a free account to be able to make deposits. Once the account is opened, you only need to log in to make future deposits. Click here to get started. There will be a fee for each deposit. The online deposit option is available 24 hours a day, seven days per week. It also allows you to keep track of your deposit history for each inmate.
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. You must send a money order. No other currency, check, etc., will be accepted.
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 booking ID#)
Inmate’s first and last name and booking ID #
C/O Polk County Jail
2390 Bob Phillips Road
Bartow, FL 33830-3137
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.
Any money order of $100 will have a seven day hold placed on it before the inmate receives it in the account. If you wish to deposit more than $100 in a week, mail two different money orders that are under $100 each.
To make a deposit by phone to an inmate’s account call (866) 394-0490, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. There will be a convenience fee to use this method.
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 Polk County Central Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 863-534-6153.
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.
Click here to see if the jail has started an inmate care package program.
There is no limit to the amount of money you can deposit each week to an inmate’s account. The inmate is limited to $45 a day in spending for canteen.
Each inmate is charged a one-time fee of $30 for being processed into jail. In addition, there is a daily fee of $2.00 for each day of incarceration. A personal hygiene packet will be given to each new inmate and the inmate’s account will be charged $4.14 for it. There is also a $4.86 fee for the initial health screening and any medical visits while incarcerated.
If the inmate has money in his or her account, the jail deducts the fee money from it and the inmate may spend the balance on commissary.
If there is no money in the inmate’s account, the daily fees, processing fees, etc. are added to the books as they occur and when the inmate does receive a deposit from someone, all accumulated charges will be taken before the inmate can buy commissary items with the balance.
Keep this in mind when deciding how much to deposit. As long as the inmate is in this jail there will be a $14 per week cost of incarceration charged to the account in addition to the initial fees.
Call the Polk County Central Jail at 863-534-6153 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.