The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Caddo Parish Correctional Center Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Shreveport, Louisiana.
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 Caddo Parish 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.
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 self-serve kiosks for your use in the jail lobby. They accept credit cards, debit cards and cash. The kiosks are available 24 hours a day.
This jail contracts with GovPay.net to process online deposits to inmate accounts. Click here to get started. You must use a credit or debit card to make any deposits and there is a small fee added for each deposit.
This jail does not accept inmate deposits by phone.
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.
Make the Money Order out to the inmate's name and put their Inmate ID# in memo section of the Money Order.
Caddo Correctional Center
P. O. Box 70110
Shreveport, Louisiana 71137-0110
Click here to get SO# and JKT#.
NOTE: It takes 21 days after the money order is received by the jail for the inmate to have access to the funds. A much faster way for your inmate to get his or her money is to use the online system or the kiosks in the jail lobby.
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 Caddo Parish Correctional Center Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 318-677-5254.
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.
You may deposit as much as you want, but the inmate will be limited in how much he or she can spend each week.
This jail charges inmates a fee for medical visits and prescriptions. The fee is taken from the inmate’s commissary account. If there is no money in the account, the inmate will still receive the service and will owe the fees. Once a deposit is made, the fees will be deducted and the inmate gets the rest.
Call the Caddo Parish Correctional Center at 318-677-5254 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.