The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Anne Arundel County Detention Center Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Annapolis, Maryland.
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 Anne Arundel County Detention 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
This jail provides a drop box in the lobby so you can deposit money to your inmate’s account. You should use a money order as it will process more quickly than a cashier’s check. Make it out to Anne Arundel County Detention Center and put the inmate’s first and last name on the memo line.
Anne Arundel County Detention Center does not contract with a third-party vendor to process online deposits. This policy can be changed at any time. Click here to see if a third-party contractor has been hired to process online deposits. If not, proceed to mailing instructions.
No cash will be accepted. You must send a money order or a cashier’s check to the inmate. Make it out to Anne Arundel County Detention Center and put the inmate’s first and last name on the memo line. Mail to:
Anne Arundel County Detention Center
C/O inmate’s first and last name
131 Jennifer Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
Include a complete return address on the envelope.
This facility has not been accepting deposits by phone to inmate accounts. The policy can change at any time. To find out if phone deposits are currently being accepted please click here.
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.
Persons without funds are considered indigent. Weekly, when the commissary order is processed, an inmate without funds may order a Personal Hygiene Kit or their choice of socks, T-Shirt, or underwear. These items will be provided at no cost.
The Anne Arundel County Detention Center Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 410-222-7374.
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.
Currently this jail does not offer a care package program. The policy can be changed at any time. Click here to see if care packages have begun being offered.
There is no limit to the amount of money you can place on an inmate’s account.
Staff recommends you start with a small weekly amount and adjust as needed.
Call Anne Arundel County Detention Center at 410-222-7374 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 Anne Arundel County Detention Center at 410-222-7374 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 Anne Arundel County Detention Center fees can be determined by going here or calling 410-222-7374.
Call the Anne Arundel County Detention Center at 410-222-7374 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.
The staff recommends you use a money order as it will process more quickly than a cashier’s check.
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.