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Dakota County Jail Inmate Commissary

1580 Highway 55
Dakota County
Main Phone: 651-438-4800
Beds: 350
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Dakota County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Hastings, Minnesota.

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 Dakota 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.

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 Dakota County Jail

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

Choice 1
Dropping Money at the Jail

There are kiosks available in the jail lobby 24-hours-per day for depositing money to an inmate’s account. You may use credit/debit cards or cash. If using cash, bring the exact amount that you wish to deposit as the machine does not provide change. There are fees for using the machines.

Choice 2
Deposit Inmate Money Online

Dakota County Jail contracts with InmateCanteen.com to allow you to either purchase specifically chosen products to send to the inmate or to put money on an inmate’s books so the inmate can choose products to purchase. You must register a free account and you fund it with a credit or debit card.

Click here to get started.

There are fees for using this method.

Choice 3
Mail the Inmate Deposit to the Jail

You cannot mail deposits to the jail. This policy could change in the future. Click here to see if the jail is currently accepting mailed deposits and if so, how they must be done.

Choice 4
Make an Inmate Deposit over the Phone

You cannot make deposits to inmate accounts by phone. This policy could change in the future. Click here to see if the jail is currently accepting phone deposits and if so, how they must be done.

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 Dakota County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 651-438-4800.

Inmate Care Packages

Care packages are pre-chosen items packaged together and sent to the inmate from a third-party vendor. They can include clothing, snacks and seasonal items.

When a jail allows the inmate to receive Care Packages they must come directly from an approved company that specializes in serving the inmates of jails.

This jail contracts with InmateCanteen.com for such packages. You must register an account to begin. Click here to get started.

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

Inmates at this jail may have up to $300 on their accounts.

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 charges inmates any fees and if so, how much. Currently there are no fees charged, but the policy can change in the future.

Important Tips

Call the Dakota County Jail at 651-438-4800 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.