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Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility Inmate Commissary


703 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids,
Michigan
49503
Kent County
Visitation Phone: 616-632-6383
Main Phone: 616-632-6300
Beds: 1300
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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 Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility, 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.

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.



How to Put Money on an Inmate Account in the Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility

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

Choice 1
Dropping Money at the Jail

Bring a money order, cash or cashier’s check to the jail lobby to make deposits to your inmate’s account. There no limit to the amount of money you can put on an account.

Money orders and cashier’s checks should be made out to the inmate.

Choice 2
Deposit Inmate Money Online

Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility contracts with Access Corrections to process online deposits to inmate accounts.

 Access Corrections is a private company that processes money-email-photo email for inmates in state prison systems and county jails across the country. The following information tells you how to use the system.

REGISTER
Step 1: Register at the site. Click
here to complete registration and accept the terms of service.

You will be asked for your name, birth date, home address, phone numbers and email. Then go to the bottom of the page and click acceptance of terms of service. 

Step 2: Add inmates to your account resident list. This step cannot be completed until you have registered. Click here to add. To add an inmate, select the state and facility. Enter the inmate’s offender number or his last and first name. On the right the inmates with that name will show. Select the inmate you wish to add to your resident list and click “Add”.

ADDING MONEY

 Online

Step 1: Login in to your account.

Step 2: Choose the inmate from your account resident list.

Step 3: Once you choose an inmate, next to his name it will show you with little photos on the left what services you can purchase for that facility. Most contracted facilities accept deposits of money for the books. Some also offer email services and a few offer photo email services.

Step 4: Select “make a deposit” another screen will open that allows you to input your debit/credit card information. Next to the box where you type in how much money you want to send, you will see the minimum and maximum allowed deposits for that jail.

Mailing Money Orders

Step 1: Go to login page – but don’t login

Step 2: On left side of that page you will see links to various facilities for mailing in money orders

Step 3: Print and fill out the form completely (incomplete pages may be rejected)

Step 4: Mail to the address on the form and include the money order made out as instructed

 USING EMAIL

Step 1: Check to be sure email is one of the offered services at the facility. Does this by clicking on the inmate you wish to email on your resident list. Next to the inmate’s name it will show icons (pictures) of available services. If the envelope does not have a red line through it, then email is allowed.

Step 2: Purchase credits by clicking on the “Buy Credits” on the left side of the page.

Step 3: Choose whether to share credits or not. If you choose share credits and the facility allows inmates to email back, your credits will be deducted each time you or the inmate email each other. Each email typically costs 40-60 credits. You will know how many credits will be used before you click to send the email. If you choose not to share credits, you will be the only one using them to email the inmate. He will not be able to use them to respond.

Email Length

Up to 2,600 characters is allowed in each email. This is approximately 250 words.

Credits cost

500 credits $5.00

1,000 credits $10.00

2,000 credits $20.00

5,000 credits $50.00

Time Frames

When you email, it is sent to the mailroom and printed, scanned and delivered to the inmate, typically within 24 hours. An inmate response will be handwritten, scanned and emailed to you, usually within 24 hours.

PHOTO EMAIL

Step 1: Login

Step 2: Choose inmate from your resident list

Step 3: Select send picture from left side of page (if the service is available it will show a camera that does not have a red line through it next to the inmate’s name).

Step 4: Upload photo from your computer

Step 5: View photo and number of credits required. (Typically 100 to 500 credits per photo). See Cost under Using Email category above. 

Step 6: Submit photo. (All photos are scanned for content. Photos that depict obscenity, gang, drug, weapons related content will be rejected).

 

Click here to reach the Access Connection website.

Choice 3
Mail the Inmate Deposit to the Jail

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 mail to:

Kent County Correctional Facility

C/O Inmate first and last name

703 Ball Avenue NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Call Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility at 616-632-6300 to confirm the address to send the money order to and how they want it made out.

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.

Choice 4
Make an Inmate Deposit over the Phone

This facility does accept deposits by phone to inmate accounts. Call (866) 345-1884 to make the deposit.



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 Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here and here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 616-632-6300.



Inmate Care Packages

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.

This jail does not offer a care package program, but could do so in the future.



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

Jails typically have limits on how much money an inmate can have on the books at any one time.

They also have limits on how much you can deposit for an inmate at a time.

The standard monthly limit an inmate can spend is between $300 and $400.

Call Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility at 616-632-6300 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

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.

Click here to see if the jail currently deducts funds from inmate accounts for various fees.

Online you can find the medical fee information by going here, Other Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility fees can be determined by going here or calling 616-632-6300.



Important Tips

Call the Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility at 616-632-6300 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.