The information below provides complete instructions regarding the DeKalb County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Decatur, 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 DeKalb 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
This jail does not accept in-person deposits to inmate accounts. This policy can change at any time. Click here to see if the jail is currently accepting in-person deposits. .
If you can't get your questions answered online call the DeKalb County Jail at 404-298-8500.
DeKalb County Jail does not contract with a third-party vendor to process online deposits to inmate accounts. This policy can be changed at any time. Click here to see if the jail is currently accepting online deposits and if so, how 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 or Western Union. Any other form of deposit will be rejected.
Make the Money Order out to the inmate's name and SPN number.
Inmate’s full name and SPN number
C/O Accounting Department
4415 Memorial Drive
Decatur, GA 30032
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.
Include a complete return address on the upper left corner of the envelope.
Click here to view online how to make the money order out and where to send it.
You may make deposits to inmate accounts by phone. Call 1866-232-1899. You will need the inmate’s full name and SPN number as well as facility number 230032, Deposits must be made using a debit or credit card.
Click here to find out about making a deposit over the phone.
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 DeKalb County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 404-298-8500.
This jail does not offer a care package program. The policy can change at any time. Click here to see if the jail currently offers such a program and if so how to order for the inmate.
Care Packages are pre-chosen and packed items for the inmate. Examples include personal hygiene items, stationery supplies, food and snacks.
Inmates at this facility are not allowed to have more than $75 on an account at any given time. If your mailed deposit will put the inmate over the $75 limit, it will be sent back to you.
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 DeKalb County Jail at 404-298-8500 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 DeKalb County Jail fees can be determined by going here or calling 404-298-8500.
Call the DeKalb County Jail at 404-298-8500 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.