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Middlesex County House of Correction Inmate Commissary


269 Treble Cove Road
Billerica,
Massachusetts
01862
Middlesex County
Visitation Phone: 978-667-1711
Main Phone: 978-667-1711
Beds: 1200
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Middlesex County House of Correction Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Billerica, Massachusetts.

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.

What is the Purpose of an Inmate Account?

Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Middlesex County House of Correction, 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.



Who Can Put Money in an Inmate's Account?

Anybody can contribute to an inmate's books or commissary fund as long as there isn't a no-contact order in place.

If you wish to place cash on an inmate’s account, you must do it at the same time you come to visit. There is an automated machine available for your use at the jail. You will need to know the inmate’s full arrest name and institution number. Call 978-667-1711 to get that information.



How to Put Money on an Inmate Account in the Middlesex County House of Correction

There are usually four choices for putting money on an inmate's books:

Choice 1
Dropping Money at the Jail

If you wish to place cash on an inmate’s account, you must do it at the same time you come to visit. There is an automated machine available for your use at the jail. You will need to know the inmate’s full arrest name and institution number. Call 978-667-1711 to get that information.  

If you can't get your questions answered online call the Middlesex County House of Correction at 978-667-1711.

Choice 2
Deposit Inmate Money Online

Middlesex County House of Correction will accept mailed money orders and certified cashier’s checks for inmate accounts. Make it out to the inmate with inmate’s full arrest name and institution number. Call 978-667-1711 to get that information.

Mail it to:

Middlesex County House of Correction

Inmate’s full name and institution number

269 Treble Cove Road

Billerica, MA 01862

Click here or here to reach the online site for depositing funds. You will need to register an account, which is free to do and use a debit/credit card for the deposits.

Choice 3
Mail the Inmate Deposit to the Jail

This facility does not contract with a third-party company to provide online deposits to inmate accounts.

Choice 4
Make an Inmate Deposit over the Phone

This facility does not accept deposits by phone for inmate accounts.

Click here to find out about making a deposit over the phone.



What can an Inmate Purchase through Commissary?

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 Middlesex County House of Correction Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 978-667-1711.



Inmate Care Packages

This jail does not currently offer care package purchases.

Click here to see if the policy has changed and if the jail now contracts with a third-party company to provide care package options.



What is the Maximum Amount I can Deposit in an Inmate's Account?

Inmates are limited to $250 on their accounts at any given time. You are strongly encouraged to call the jail and get the current deposit before purchasing a money order or cashier’s check. The amount you deposit cannot put the inmate over that limit.

Call Middlesex County House of Correction at 978-667-1711 or click here to learn the Inmate Account deposit limits and other rules regarding depositing money on an inmate's books.



Medical Copays, Jail Fees and other Inmate Expenses

This facility does not charge inmates for medical visits, medications or other expenses.

You can find out if this policy has changed by going here, Other Middlesex County House of Correction fees can be determined by going here or calling 978-667-1711.



Important Tips

Call the Middlesex County House of Correction at 978-667-1711 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.