The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Macomb County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Mt. Clemens, 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.
Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Macomb County Jail, 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
There is a kiosk in the jail lobby where you can deposit funds to an inmate’s account. You can use cash, credit cards or debit cards. If depositing cash, you must deposit the exact amount as the kiosk does not provide change.
You will need the PLC # 6737 during the registration process.
Macomb County Jail contracts with GovPayNet.com to process online deposits to inmate accounts. The company charges you a small fee for doing so, but the fee probably isn't as much as gas and parking would cost to take it to the jail in person.
You will need to register a new account. There is no cost for registration. If you decide to make a deposit to an inmate account you will sign in to the site and follow the prompts.
This jail does not accept any deposits to inmate accounts by mail. If you mail a deposit, it will not reach the inmate and will be returned to you. If there is no return address, the money order will be placed in the inmate’s personal property until the inmate is released.
If you prefer to make a deposit by phone you can call 888-604-7888.
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 Macomb County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 586-307-9474.
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 facility allows inmates to have a maximum of $380 deposited to their accounts each week.
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 Macomb County Jail at 586-307-9474 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 Macomb County Jail fees can be determined by going here or calling 586-307-9474.
Call (586)-307-9542 Monday through Friday, 6AM to 2PM for specific questions about Inmate Funds (i.e. To request former inmate's balance of funds to be transferred, forwarded or released).
Account Balances are NOT given out for prisoners!
Call the Macomb County Jail at 586-307-9474 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.