The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Oahu Community Correctional Center Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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 Oahu Community Correctional Center, 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.
Only immediate family members can make deposits to an inmate’s account during the first 30 days of incarceration. After the first 30 days, anyone on the inmate’s approved visitation list may make deposits.
There are usually four choices for putting money on an inmate's books:
Dropping Money at the Jail
You can make deposits to an inmate’s account at the Business Office window at the jail between 7:00 am and 1:30 pm. The office is closed on all state holidays.
When making a deposit in person, you can deposit a maximum of $60 once per day. You may only deposit funds once per day and only for one inmate per day.
You must fill out a deposit slip and bring it to the Business Office window along with your valid, government-issued photo ID.
If you can't get your questions answered online call the Oahu Community Correctional Center at 808-832-1777.
Oahu Community Correctional Center does not contract with a company to process online deposits. This policy can change at any time.
Click here to see if the jail has begun accepting online deposits.
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.
There is no limit to how much money you can mail to the inmate’s account.
Make the Money Order out to the inmate's name and put their Inmate ID# in memo section of the Money Order.
Mail it to:
Inmate’s first and last name
Oahu Community Correctional Center
2199 Kamehameha Highway
Honolulu, HI 96819
If you do not write a complete return address on the upper left corner of the envelope, the money order will be placed in the inmate’s property until release.
The return address must match the approved visitation list as well as the purchaser’s name on the money order or cashier’s check.
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 or here to view online how to make the money order out and where to send it.
This jail does not accept deposits over the phone. This policy could change at any time.
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 Oahu Community Correctional Center Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 808-832-1777.
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.
If you make the deposit in person at the jail Business Office window, you are limited to a $60 maximum once per day. If you are mailing the deposit, there is no limit.
Inmates are allowed to spend up to $80 every two weeks on commissary items.
Call Oahu Community Correctional Center at 808-832-1777 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 Oahu Community Correctional Center at 808-832-1777 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 Oahu Community Correctional Center fees can be determined by going here or calling 808-832-1777.
Call the Oahu Community Correctional Center at 808-832-1777 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.