The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Suffolk 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 Boston, 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.
Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Suffolk 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.
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 does not accept cash. You can bring a money order made out to the inmate to the jail lobby. Inmates are restricted to $500 on their accounts. If the money order you bring will put the inmate over that amount, the money order will be refused by the jail staff.
Suffolk County House of Correction does not contract with a third party company to process online deposits to inmate accounts. This policy can change at any time. Click here to see if the jail has begun accepting online deposits.
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 mail to:
Inmate Name, ID Number
20 Bradston Street
Boston, MA 02118
Call (617) 635-1000 x2017 for a House of Correction inmate’s ID # and (617) 635-1100 x3005 for a jail inmate’s ID #.
There must be a return address on the envelope.
Failure to do this properly will delay your inmate getting his account credited and may require you to have to resubmit a second money order.
Click here or here to view online how to make the money order out and where to send it.
This jail does not accept deposits over the phone to inmate accounts.
Click here to find out about making a deposit over the phone.
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 Suffolk County House of Correction Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 617-635-1000 x2017.
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.
Inmates at this jail cannot have more than $500 in an account. If your money order will put the inmate over the $500 limit it will be rejected and sent back.
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 Suffolk County House of Correction at 617-635-1000 x2017 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 Suffolk County House of Correction fees can be determined by going here or calling 617-635-1000 x2017.
Call the Suffolk County House of Correction at 617-635-1000 x2017 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.