The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Seminole County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Sanford, 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 Seminole 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
You may bring a money order or cashier’s check to the jail to deposit to the inmate’s account. Make the money order or cashier’s check out to the inmate with the inmate’s ID #. Click here to get the number.
Seminole County Jail does not contract with a third party company to process online deposits to inmate accounts.
This policy can change. Please click here to see if the jail currently accepts online deposits.
You can mail a money order or cashier’s check to the jail for deposit to the inmate’s account.
Make the money order or cashier’s check out to the inmate’s first and last name and put the inmate ID # in the memo. Click here to get the number.
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
100 Bush Blvd
Sanford FL, 32773
Click here to view online how to make the money order out and where to send it.
This jail does not accept deposits by phone to inmate accounts. The policy can change in the future. Click here to see if phone deposits are currently being accepted.
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 Seminole County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 407-665-1200.
The only package you can send to an inmate is one that contains two court clothes outfits. They must be mailed within 72 hours of the pending court date. Each package will be opened and searched before being given to the inmate. If you put anything in the package other than the clothing, the entire package including the clothing will be returned to you and not given to the inmate. Mark COURT CLOTHES on the outside of the package when you send it.
No limit to how much money you can deposit, but the inmates are limited in what they can spend. In addition, providing too much money opens the door to gambling or drug debts.
Send enough for a few snacks, stationery and personal hygiene products each week.
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 Seminole County Jail at 407-665-1200 will let you know how much is deducted from the books for each fee related to medical issues or other jail expenses.
Call the Seminole County Jail at 407-665-1200 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.