The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Sarasota County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Sarasota, 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 Sarasota 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.
Exception: If there is a no-contact order in place between you and the inmate, do not deposit funds to the inmate’s account. To do so could get one or both of you in legal trouble.
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
There are kiosks available in the jail lobby 24 hours a day, seven days a week for you to deposit funds to the inmate’s account.
The kiosks accept cash, credit and debit cards. If bringing cash, have the exact amount with you that you wish to deposit.
Sarasota County Jail contracts with GovPayNow.com to process online deposits to inmate accounts.
You must choose this jail’s location.
You will need 5500 as the jail code and 777 as the jail location.
Click here to get started.
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 cell location. Click here to locate cell location.
Address envelope as follows:
Inmates name and cell number
C/O Sarasota County Jail
P.O. Box 49588
Sarasota, FL 34230
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 to view online how to make the money order out and where to send it.
This jail accepts deposits to inmate accounts by phone. Call 888-277-2535 to get started.
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 Sarasota County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 941-861-4165.
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.
This jail does not offer a care package program but the policy can change at any time. Click here to see if a care package program is currently available.
You may deposit as much as you want but be cautioned that too much money on the books invites issues like gambling or drug debts.
Enough money for a few snacks each week and some stationery and personal hygiene items each month should be fine.
Call Sarasota County Jail at 941-861-4165 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 Sarasota County Jail at 941-861-4165 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 Sarasota County Jail fees can be determined by going here or calling 941-861-4165.
Call the Sarasota County Jail at 941-861-4165 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.