The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Camden County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Camden, New Jersey.
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 Camden 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
You can bring money to the jail’s mailroom during the following hours and put it on the inmate’s account.
8:30 am to 11:00 am
12:00 Noon to 3:00 pm
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
All deposits brought to the jail must be cash or a United States Postal Money Order. Make the money order out to the inmate.
Camden County Jail does not accept online deposits to inmate accounts. This policy can change at any time. Click here to see if the jail has started accepting online deposits.
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.
Make the Money Order out to the inmate's name and mail it to:
Camden County Jail
C/O Inmate’s first and last name
330 Federal Street
Camden, NJ 08103
Include a return address on the envelope in the upper left corner.
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.
The jail does not accept deposits by phone to inmate accounts. The policy can change. Click here to see if they have begun accepting phoned deposits.
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 Camden County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 856-225-7632.
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 have a care package program. The policy can change in the future. Click here to see if a care package program has been set up and if so, how it works.
According to jail staff members, there is no limit to the amount of money you can deposit to an inmate’s account.
This facility does charge inmates for medical visits and various fees and services. The amounts can change.
Your inmate will receive medical care and other vital services regardless of having or not having money in an account. Any charges incurred will be kept track of and deducted when money is deposited to the account.
Call the Camden County Jail at 856-225-7632 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.