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Westchester County Jail (Women’s Unit) Inmate Commissary


PO Box 10
10 Woods Road
Valhalla,
New York
10595
Westchester County
Main Phone: 914-231-1400
Beds: 1,600
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Westchester County Jail (Women’s Unit) Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Valhalla, 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.

What is the Purpose of an Inmate Account?

Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Westchester County Jail (Women’s Unit), 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 Westchester County Jail (Women’s Unit)

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

Choice 1
Dropping Money at the Jail

Bring a valid, government-issued photo ID to make a deposit at the jail.

Deposits are accepted at the jail lobby Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please note that the package window is closed from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

You may also leave money with the officer at POST 1 near the visitors’ gate daily from 5 - 9 p.m. You must use a credit card/debit card or cash. Bring the exact amount of cash because the kiosk will not provide change.

You may leave approved packages for inmates at the same window Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Choice 2
Deposit Inmate Money Online

Westchester County Jail (Women’s Unit) 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.

This facility does not currently accept online or phone deposits. This policy can change at any time.

Click here to see if the jail has begun accepting online or phone deposits.

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.

Make the Money Order out to the inmate's name and put their Inmate ID# in memo section of the Money Order.  (Click here to obtain that ID#)

Inmate’s first and last name

Inmate ID#

10 Woods Road

PO Box 10

Valhalla, NY 10595

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.

Choice 4
Make an Inmate Deposit over the Phone

Most of the online companies will accept deposits over the phone with a debit or credit card. To do this you will need the inmate's offender # (inmate ID #) and full legal name.

This facility does not currently accept online or phone deposits. This policy can change at any time.

Click here to see if the jail has begun accepting online or phone deposits.



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 Westchester County Jail (Women’s Unit) Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 914-231-1400.



Inmate Care Packages

Inmates may receive one package every 30 days.

This jail contracts with ICARE that allows the choosing and purchase of inmate care packages.

Click here to view what each package contains and the price list.  You must use a debit or credit card to make any purchases. The package is sent directly to the jail and given to the inmate.

In addition, the following items may be left for inmates at the jail lobby Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exception: Closed for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bring your valid, government-issued photo ID with you.

Packages must be sent with return address and return postage guaranteed, or they will not be accepted.

No UPS, FedEx, or Express mail packages will be signed for by this department.

All items received will be subject to physical, electronic and fluoroscope search. 

No food items will be accepted.

No alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or items the possession of which constitutes an offense under applicable Federal, State or local laws, or any article, which is readily capable to constituting a threat to the safety or security of the facility will be permitted. 

Approved items for male inmates:

Toiletries

Contact lenses and solution

Eyeglasses (prescription ONLY and plastic frames)

Linen

(2) Face cloths, white only, no full-size or hand towels

Religious items (1 each)

Soft-covered book (Bible, Koran, etc.)

Cross, medallion or other regulated religious article, no dimension larger than 1.5 inches

Religious head wrap

Small prayer rug, approximately 3 feet by 3 feet

Hobby Materials

(1) Drawing pad, no spiral bindings or other metal fasteners

(12) Colored pencils, non-retractable, golf size only, no crayons or magic markers

Court Clothes

An inmate’s existing court clothes must be given to a family member or otherwise disposed of before the department will accept additional clothes.

Clothing

(6) T-shirts (white only), no tank tops, no pockets, no long sleeves, brand new in sealed package

(2) Pairs pajama sets, no blue or black, no draw strings, no pockets, no fleece, no ‘novelties’ such as cartoon characters or sports logos

(2) Pairs thermal underwear sets (white or off white only), no pockets, brand new in sealed package

(6) Pairs socks (white only) brand new in sealed package

(6) Underwear (white only) brand new in sealed package

(1) Pair shower slippers, no Velcro, no gel or air bubbles, no ‘Crocs’

(1) Pair sneakers, Adidas© or Reebok© brand only, black or white color only. Only sneakers comparable to those sold in the Department of Correction's commissary will be accepted via packages and must comply with the following restrictions. The department reserves the right to refuse to accept sneakers that do not conform to these restrictions. Inmates may only possess one (1) pair of sneakers and one (1) pair of laces at any given time. Additional pairs/laces will be treated as contraband and confiscated.

Only new-in-package Adidas© or Reebok© brand sneakers with a value of sixty dollars ($60.00) MSRP or less

Black or white in color only (including laces)

No removable inner soles, pockets, air pumps, hollow soles, metal or hard plastic of any kind (arch supports, lace grommets, etc.), gel/air bubbles or after-market inserts (i.e. Dr. Scholl’s © inserts or other orthotics)

Miscellaneous

(5) Books, soft cover only

(1) Writing pad, no spiral bindings or other metal fasteners

(12) Envelopes, blank or printed postage only, no stamps

(5) Newspapers, no local paper

(5) Magazines/journals, no explicit magazines

(12) Personal photos, no Polaroids, no explicit pictures

 (12) Greeting cards

 (10) Cassette tapes, factory sealed

 (1) Walkman type AM/FM cassette player (factory sealed) no metal headphones, no clock, no antenna or external speaker, no oversized headphones

 (4) Batteries, any brand

Acceptable Items for Female Inmates

Toilet articles (1 of each)

Contact lenses and solution

Eyeglasses (prescription ONLY and plastic frames)

Mascara

Eye pencils/shadow, no mirrored compacts

Perm and hair relaxer kits, no lye

Linen

(2) Face cloths, white only, no full-size or hand towels

Religious items (1 of each)

Soft-covered book (Bible, Koran, etc.)

Cross, medallion or other regulated religious article, no dimension larger than 1.5 inches

Religious head wrap

Small prayer rug, approximately 3 feet by 3 feet

Hobby Materials

(1) Drawing pad, no spiral bindings or other metal fasteners

(12) Colored pencils, non-retractable, golf size only, no crayons or magic markers

Court Clothes

 An inmate’s existing court clothes must be given to a family member or otherwise disposed of before the department will accept additional clothes.

General Clothing

(6) T-shirts (white only), no tank tops, no pockets, no long sleeves, brand new in sealed package

(6) Pairs underwear (white only) brand new in sealed package

(6) Pairs socks (white only) brand new in sealed package

(2) Pairs pajama sets, no blue or black, no draw strings, no pockets, no fleece, no ‘novelties’ such as cartoon characters or sports logos

(2) Night Gowns, no blue or black, no draw strings, no pockets

(2) Pairs thermal underwear sets (white or off white only), no pockets, brand new in sealed package

(3) Brassieres, no under wire, no padded, color white only

(1) Bathrobe no blue or black, no pockets, no sash

(1) Pair shower slippers, no Velcro, no gel or air bubbles, no ‘Crocs’

(1) Pair sneakers, Adidas© or Reebok© brand only, black or white color only. Only sneakers comparable to those sold in the Department of Correction's commissary will be accepted via packages and must comply with the following restrictions. The department reserves the right to refuse to accept sneakers that do not conform with these restrictions. Inmates may only possess one (1) pair of sneakers and one (1) pair of laces at any given time. Additional pairs/laces will be treated as contraband and confiscated.

Only new-in-package Adidas© or Reebok© brand sneakers with a value of sixty dollars ($60.00) MSRP or less

Black or white in color only (including laces)

No removable inner soles, pockets, air pumps, hollow soles, metal or hard plastic of any kind (arch supports, lace grommets, etc.), gel/air bubbles or after-market inserts (i.e. Dr. Scholl’s © inserts or other orthotics)

Miscellaneous

(5) Books, soft cover only

(1) Writing pad, no spiral bindings or other metal fasteners

(12) Envelopes, blank or printed postage only, no stamps

(5) Newspapers, no local paper

(5) Magazines/journals, no explicit magazines

(12) Personal photos, no Polaroids, no explicit pictures

(12) Greeting cards

(10) Cassette tapes, factory sealed

(1) Walkman type AM/FM cassette player (factory sealed) no metal headphones, no clock, no antenna or external speaker, no oversized headphones

(4) Batteries, any brand



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

There is no limit on the amount of money you can deposit to an inmate’s account.

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 Westchester County Jail (Women’s Unit) at 914-231-1400 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 Westchester County Jail (Women’s Unit) fees can be determined by going here or calling 914-231-1400.



Important Tips

Call the Westchester County Jail (Women’s Unit) at 914-231-1400 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.