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Hennepin County Jail - City Hall Inmate Commissary


350 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis,
Minnesota
55415
Hennepin County
Visitation Phone: 612-348-5112
Main Phone: 612-348-5112
Beds: 509
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Hennepin County Jail - City Hall Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Minneapolis, 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 Hennepin County Jail - City Hall, 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.

Hennepin County Detention charges a 10% ($10 maximum) transaction fee on all money deposited to an inmate’s account with the exception of the initial deposit, money for bail, and money upon the inmates release.



How to Put Money on an Inmate Account in the Hennepin County Jail - City Hall

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

Choice 1
Dropping Money at the Jail

Bring money to the jail in person. Click here or here to see where to drop money off and whether it has to be cash or a money order.
 

Hennepin County Detention is located inside of the Public Safety Center and is located at 401 S. 4th Avenue #100, Minneapolis, MN

You can bring money to deposit to the Public Safety Facility and deposit it by seeing the cashier located in the lobby, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You will need to provide your inmates name and PAK number which may be obtained by calling Hennepin County Jail at 612-348-5112 or by clicking here

Jail personnel will process the Inmate Account payment.

If you can't get your questions answered online call the Hennepin County Jail - City Hall at 612-348-5112.

Choice 2
Deposit Inmate Money Online

Hennepin County Jail - City Hall and others often use a private company to process all online deposits to an inmate's account. 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.

Click here or here to reach the online site for depositing funds. You will need to register an account, which is free to do and use a debit/credit card for the deposits.

You may make deposits on you inmate account online with debit, credit or check  by clicking here, or by calling 1-800-352-9870. Select make payment then enter form code: 5500 which is for commissary deposits, then choose the state, facility, then enter your inmates booking number which can be found by clicking here or by calling the facility at 612-348-5112

You may also deposit funds by debit or credit by clicking here, or by calling 1-888-277-2535. You will need your inmates name and PAK number which may be found by clicking here or calling 612-348-5112, additionally you will need the Pay Location or Facility Code: 5500

For another option for online deposits using a credit or debit card which are made available to the inmate in one banking day click here

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 and put their Inmate ID# in memo section of the Money Order.

Call Hennepin County Jail - City Hall at 612-348-5112 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.

You can send a money order by mail. There is a ten day hold on all money orders.

Make payable to the inmate, make sure spelling is correct and put their PAK number behind their name which may be located by clicking here

Money Orders have to be signed by the purchaser.

Send to:

Public Safety Facility

c/o Inmates Name

401 S. 4th Ave. #100

Minneapolis, MN  55415

Make sure that you put your complete return mailing address on the upper left corner of the envelope.

 

Choice 4
Make an Inmate Deposit over the Phone

You may make deposits by using MoneyGram. Locations to make deposits are Walmart, CVS Pharmacy, Ace Cash Express and Advance America.  For additional locations for MoneyGram click here or call 1-800-666-3947 (1-800-MONEYGRAM)

You will need the following:

Company Name: SSC Inmate Funding, Bradenton, FL

SSC Funding Code: 7950

Inmates 3 Character facility ID, FCM and the inmates ID number, example: FCM123456789



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 Hennepin County Jail - City Hall Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 612-348-5112.



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.

Hennepin County Detention currently does not provide care packages, to see if this policy has changed click here or call 612-348-5112



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 Hennepin County Jail - City Hall at 612-348-5112 or click here to learn the Inmate Account deposit limits and other rules regarding depositing money on an inmate's books.

Hennepin County Detention charges a 10% ($10 maximum) transaction fee on all money deposited to an inmate’s account with the exception of the initial deposit, money for bail, and money upon the inmates release

There are no limits for the Hennepin County Detention Facility at this time, to see if this has changed you may call the facility at (612)-348-5112 or click here



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.

A quick call to the Hennepin County Jail - City Hall at 612-348-5112 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 Hennepin County Jail - City Hall fees can be determined by going here or calling 612-348-5112.

Hennepin County Dententioncharges a 10% ($10 maximum) transaction fee on all money deposited to an inmate’s account with the exception of the initial deposit, money for bail, and money upon the inmates release



Important Tips

Call the Hennepin County Jail - City Hall at 612-348-5112 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.

Hennepin County Detention charges a 10% ($10 maximum) transaction fee on all money deposited to an inmate’s account with the exception of the initial deposit, money for bail, and money upon the inmates release

Click here to view the jail website for additional information.