The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Wake County Detention - Public Safety Center - Baker Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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 Wake County Detention - Public Safety Center - Baker, 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
A deposit kiosk is located in the upper lobby outside visitation. This deposit kiosk will be available 24 hours a day for deposits into inmates' trust accounts. Kiosk deposits will post to inmates' accounts immediately.
A deposit kiosk is located at the John H. Baker, Jr. Public Safety Center, 330 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27601. This deposit kiosk is available 8:15 a.m.–5 p.m., Mon.–Fri., except for holidays. Kiosk deposits will post to inmates' accounts immediately.
Go to www.jailatm.com and follow the prompts. You can send any amount, and there are no time restrictions. There are fees for this service, which are listed on the website. They are similar to Western Union fees.
These monies post to an inmate's account immediately.
Dial 1-404-902-6628 and follow the prompts. You can send up to $20 per week to an inmate using this option. There is a $4.95 flat fee for this service.
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.
Inmates may also have money deposited into the inmate's trust fund by money orders, certified checks, payroll checks, etc., sent through the mail.
The money orders or checks should be made payable in the inmate's full name.
Money orders, certified checks, payroll checks, etc., will be held in escrow for 14 days. This allows enough time for the money order to clear the bank. After the 14-day time period, the inmate will have access to their funds. No personal checks will be accepted.
Inmate’s first and last name
330 South Salisbury Street
PO Box 2419
Raleigh, NC 27602
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 Wake County Detention - Public Safety Center - Baker Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling Jail: 919-856-5952.
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.
Click here to see if the jail currently offers care packages.
This jail does not place a limit on how much you can deposit to an inmate’s account.
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 Wake County Detention - Public Safety Center - Baker at Jail: 919-856-5952 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 Wake County Detention - Public Safety Center - Baker fees can be determined by going here or calling Jail: 919-856-5952.
Call the Wake County Detention - Public Safety Center - Baker at Jail: 919-856-5952 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.