The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Lake County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Crown Point, Indiana.
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 Lake 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 the deposit to the jail during visitation hours and submit it to a kiosk in the lobby seven days a week.
You must use a debit/credit card or cash. Bring the exact amount of cash. The kiosk machine does not provide change.
Lake County Jail allows you to make a deposit online. Click here to register for an account. Then log in and choose make a deposit. Choose from the following:
1. Inmate Account: Funds go into Inmate's account to pay for services (phone, video visits, messaging, etc.) with any authorized contact.
2. Friends & Family Account: Funds go into your account to pay for services (phone, video visits, messaging, etc.) to only your phone number(s).
3. Trust / Commissary: For purchasing items from the facility such as snacks, toiletries and other goods and services.
Once you choose, you will be directed to the page where you input the inmate information and your payment information.
This facility does not accept mailed deposits. The policy can change at any time. Click here to see if they have begun accepting mailed deposits.
Phone deposits are not accepted. The policy can change at any time. Click here to see if the jail has begun accepting deposits to inmate accounts by phone.
Inmates may purchase stationery supplies, snacks, phone time and visits through the inmate account.
The Lake County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling (219) 755-3421.
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.
There is not a limit to the amount of money you can deposit on an inmate’s account. This could change at any time.
Call Lake County Jail at (219) 755-3421 or click here to learn the if there are now 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 Lake County Jail at (219) 755-3421 will let you know how much is deducted from the books for each fee related to medical issues or other jail expenses.
Click here to see if the jail has begun charging inmates for medical visits or other fees.
Call the Lake County Jail at (219) 755-3421 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.