The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Prince George’s County Correctional Center Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Upper Marlboro, 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 Prince George’s County 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
You may deposit money to your inmate’s account using one of two available kiosks in the jail lobby. You must use cash or a debit/credit card. No change will be provided so if you are depositing cash, be sure you bring the exact amount that you wish to deposit.
Prince George’s County Correctional Center contracts with OffenderConnect.com to process online deposits to inmate accounts.
You will have to register for a free account to use this service and there will be a service fee for each deposit made.
OffenderConnect.com provides prepaid accounts, which give you the opportunity to accept calls from inmates on any phone that you attach to the account. Before you can accept the first call, you must open an account using the following steps.
To Open a My Account
Click here to register for an account.
Read and agree to the company’s terms of service.
Fill in required information including a valid email address.
Add the jail/prison to your account with the following steps.
Select a state from the drop down menu.
Click on the desired facility and hit next. (You cannot complete your registration until this is done).
Hit the submit button. An activation email will be sent to the email you provided.
Go to email and click on activation link. You will be taken to the site again. Log in from there.
Click the sign up button and then add the phone number you wish to have associated with the account. This is the phone number that will receive calls from the inmate.
Choose whether to associate the address used for registration or a different address and input that address.
Choose which facility you wish the above entered phone number to be attached to. The next page will show you the phone number and facility that go together. You can repeat these steps to add additional phone numbers or facilities as needed.
To Add Funds
Click here to log in.
Click on the blue “Make a payment” link.
Select the phone number and facility from the drop down menu that you wish the money to be applied to.
Click add card and enter debit or credit card information-then press the close button. There is a $25 minimum deposit each time you fund the account. A service fee of $6.95 is deducted from each deposit you make.
On the page where you add your card information, you will be given the opportunity to sign up for automatic funding. If you choose this option, whenever your balance gets below $7.00 your credit/debit card will automatically be billed $25 or $50 depending on the amount you chose at sign-up. If you don’t wish to choose this option, simply add your credit card for a onetime payment at the top half of the page.
OFFENDER PHONE ACCOUNT
This is an account that you can fund for a specific inmate. Once it is funded, the inmate can use it to call anyone on the approved phone list, instead of being limited to one phone on the account. If you fund an Offender Phone Account, the inmate then owns the funding and you cannot retrieve it or limit his calls to any specific phone.
Click here to log in.
Choose “Offender Phone Account” on left side of page.
Choose the inmate from your offender list for whom you wish to fund an Offender Phone Account.
Only those housed at facilities that allow offender phone accounts to be funded through family and friends will appear on this list.
If no names appear, the facility does not allow family/friend Offender Phone Accounts. You can still set up a My Phone Account and have the inmate call you on a specified phone.
Input credit/debit card information and amount. There is a $25 minimum deposit required. A $7.95 service fee is deducted from each deposit you make.
Check information and amount and if correct, click submit. The funds will be available to the offender within minutes of your deposit going through.
Click here to view the OffenderConnect.com contact information.
This jail does not accept deposits by mail for inmate accounts. The policy can change at any time. Click here to see if the jail is currently accepting mailed deposits.
While the jail does not accept deposits to inmate accounts by phone, OffenderConnect.com customer service will process deposits if you have an account set up. You must use a credit or debit card to make the deposit. Call 1-877-380-3557 for assistance and follow the prompts.
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 Prince George’s County Correctional Center Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling (301) 952-4800.
Some jails have contract agreements with third party Commissary companies that ship predetermined Care Packages of candy and snacks.
This jail does not currently offer care package options for inmates. The policy can change at any time.
These can be ordered by you online and are delivered directly to the inmate.
Inmates at this jail are allowed to receive up to $150 per week in commissary fund deposits.
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.
This jail does not currently charge inmates for medical visits but the policy can change at any time.
A quick call to the Prince George’s County Correctional Center at (301) 952-4800 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 Prince George’s County Correctional Center fees can be determined by going here or calling (301) 952-4800.
Call the Prince George’s County Correctional Center at (301) 952-4800 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.
If you do not have a credit or debit card, you can purchase one at most retail stores and load them with cash at the store. Be sure the card you buy has a VISA or MasterCard logo on it. Register it and load the funds and you will be able to use the online method for sending money to your inmate.
If you don’t wish to use a credit or debit card and live near the jail, plan to make deposits using the kiosks on the days you visit the inmate. It will save you time and gas money to do it this way.
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.