The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Suffolk County Jail - Med/Max Security Facility Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Riverhead, New York.
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 Suffolk County Jail - Med/Max Security Facility, 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 cash or a money order to the jail in person Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
NOTE: If you plan to leave money on the day you are visiting the inmate, you must leave it before the visit. If you wait until after the visit, you will not be allowed to leave it and will have to bring it at another time or mail it in.
Jail personnel will process the Inmate Account payment.
If you can't get your questions answered online call the Suffolk County Jail - Med/Max Security Facility at 631-852-2200.
Suffolk County Jail - Med/Max Security Facility does not provide an online method for putting money on an inmate’s books. This policy can change at any time.
Click here to see if an online deposit option has become available.
Mailing a deposit takes more time to process than the other methods but can be done. 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 then write the inmate’s birthdate in memo section of the Money Order.
Address the envelope to:
Inmate’s first name, last name, birthdate (Example: 03/16/86)
Suffolk County Correctional Facility
110 Center Drive
Riverhead, NY 11901
Include a return address in the left upper corner of the envelope or the mail will be rejected.
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.
This jail does not accept deposits to inmate accounts over the phone.
This policy can be changed at any time.
Click here to see if the policy has changed and if so how to make deposits by phone.
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 Suffolk County Jail - Med/Max Security Facility Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 631-852-2200.
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.
There is no limit to how much money you can deposit on an inmate’s account.
Inmates are limited to spending up to $25 twice a week on commissary.
Call Suffolk County Jail - Med/Max Security Facility at 631-852-2200 or click here to learn the Inmate Account deposit limits and other rules regarding depositing money on an inmate's books.
Inmates at this jail are not charged for medical visits, care or medications.
Call the Suffolk County Jail - Med/Max Security Facility at 631-852-2200 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.