The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Clayton County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Jonesboro, Georgia.
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 Clayton 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
There are kiosks available in the jail lobby for inmate deposits. You may deposit cash, or use a credit or debit card.
Make the deposit online.
Click here to get started.
Go to the "Make Deposit" tab at the top of the page and select "Georgia."
Click on "Start Deposit."
Select Clayton County Jail (if asked).
Select the first letter of the inmate’s last name. Example, for John Doe, click "D."
Select the Inmate.
Enter credit card billing information, receipt options, deposit amount, and the credit card information. When finished, select "Continue."
This jail does not accept mailed deposits.
You may make a deposit by phone by calling 615-266-6570.
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 Clayton County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 770-477-4413.
This jail does not provide a care package program, however, the policy can change at any time in the future.
Care packages are pre-chosen items packaged together and sent to the inmate from a third-party vendor. They can include clothing, snacks and seasonal items.
When a jail allows the inmate to receive Care Packages they must come directly from an approved company that specializes in serving the inmates of jails.
There is no limit to how much you can deposit to an inmate’s account, but the inmate is restricted to a $180 spending limit per order.
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 Clayton County Jail at 770-477-4413 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 Clayton County Jail fees can be determined by going here or calling 770-477-4413.
Call the Clayton County Jail at 770-477-4413 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.
Gambling and drugs are in jails across the nation. Providing too much commissary can lead to temptation for a bored inmate to get involved in these activities.
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.