The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Wayne County Jail I Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Detroit, 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 Wayne County Jail I, 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 can drop a money order off 24 hours a day at:
570 Clinton Street
Detroit, Michigan 48226
The money order must contain the inmate’s full name and inmate WCJ number. Click here to get the inmate’s WCJ number.
It must also include the sender’s complete return address and phone number.
There is no limit to how much money you can deposit on an inmate’s account, but individual money orders must be for $100 or less. For example, if you want to deposit $200 you would deposit two separate $100 money orders at the same time.
Jail personnel will process the Inmate Account payment.
If you can't get your questions answered online call the Wayne County Jail I at 313-224-2222.
Wayne County Jail I does not have a method to make online deposits to inmate accounts. Click here to see if the policy has changed and if so how to complete the deposit.
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. Never send cash. Always send a Money Order from the US Post Office, a reputable bank or Western Union.
The money order money order must contain:
Inmate’s full name and WCJ number (Click here to get the WCJ number)
Sender’s complete return address and phone number
Address the envelope to:
C/O Wayne County Jail-Division I
570 Clinton Street
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Include your full name and address on top left-hand corner of the envelope.
Call Wayne County Jail I at 313-224-2222 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.
Click here or here to view online how to make the money order out and where to send it.
This facility does not accept deposits to inmate accounts by phone. Click here to see if this policy has changed and if so, how to complete a telephone deposit using a debit/credit card.
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 Wayne County Jail I Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 313-224-2222.
There is no limit on how much money you can deposit to an inmate’s account, but each money order must be for $100 or less. For example, if you wish to deposit $300, you would deposit three individual $100 money orders at the same time.
This jail does not have an inmate care package program. Click here to see if the policy has changed and if so, how to proceed with a purchase.
These can be ordered by you online and are delivered directly to the inmate.
Inmates at this jail are provided medical care at no cost to the inmate.
Each inmate is charged a $12 booking fee that will be deducted from their first commissary deposit.
A quick call to the Wayne County Jail I at 313-224-2222 will let you know how much is deducted from the books for fees related any other jail expenses.
Call the Wayne County Jail I at 313-224-2222 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 probably 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.
Be sure to fill the money order out completely and the envelope out correctly, or your inmate’s money could be delayed.
Click here to view the jail website for additional information.