The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Harford County Detention Center Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Bel Air, 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 Harford 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
You cannot bring a deposit for an inmate account to the jail. All deposits must be mailed.
Harford County Detention Center does not contract with a third party to process inmate deposits online.
You can mail a money order in any amount to the jail to be deposited to an inmate account.
Make the money order out to the inmate’s first and last name and mail to:
Inmate first and last name
C/O Hartford County Detention Center
45 S. Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
Deposits to inmate accounts cannot be made by phone at this jail.
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 Harford County Detention Center Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 410-638-3140.
This jail does not have a care package program for inmates, but the policy might change in the future.
There is no limit to the amount of money an inmate can have deposited to his or her account.
This jail does not typically charge inmates for medical visits, but the policy can be changed at any time.
Online you can find the medical fee information by going here, Other Harford County Detention Center fees can be determined by going here or calling 410-638-3140.
Call the Harford County Detention Center at 410-638-3140 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.
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.
Because the only way to get money to inmate’s account is through the mail, be sure to mail it in plenty of time to get there, have staff open it and process it. The mailing and process takes about a week.
Click here to view the jail website for additional information.