The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Butler County Maximum Security Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Hamilton, Ohio.
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 Butler County Maximum Security 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.
Anyone can contribute to an inmate fund, unless there is a no-order in place. If you drop the deposit of in person, you will be required to show a valid, government-issued photo ID.
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 the deposit to the Correctional Center Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
You may deposit government checks, money orders or cashier’s checks. All must be made out to the inmate’s name or the deposit will not be accepted by the jail.
Butler County Maximum Security Jail does not accept online deposits to inmate accounts. This policy can change. Click here to see if inmate deposits are currently accepted online and if so, how to do it.
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, cashier’s check or government check out to the inmate's name and mail to:
Butler County Sheriff’s Office
c/o <Inmates Name>
705 Hanover Street
Hamilton, Ohio 45011
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.
This jail does not accept 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 Butler County Maximum Security Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 513-785-1100.
Care packages are pre-chosen items packaged together and sent to the inmate from a third-party vendor. They can include clothing, snacks and seasonal items.
When a jail allows the inmate to receive Care Packages they must come directly from an approved company that specializes in serving the inmates of jails.
This jail contracts with ICARE.com to provide care packages for inmates.
You must register for a free account to view packages and make purchases. Click here to get started. When the page opens click BUY NOW and you will see a drop down menu. Open it and choose Butler County, OH. Then you will see instructions about opening an account, how to pay for products, etc.
There is no limit to how much you can deposit to an inmate’s account, though the jail imposes weekly spending limits.
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 Butler County Maximum Security Jail at 513-785-1100 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 Butler County Maximum Security Jail fees can be determined by going here or calling 513-785-1100.
Call the Butler County Maximum Security Jail at 513-785-1100 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.
There are drugs in prisons. There is also a lot of gambling. Sending too much money to an inmate could cause a temptation to take part in these activities. In addition, too much money can get the inmate hassled by other inmates for commissary items.
Send enough to buy a few snacks, stationery supplies and personally hygiene products each week.
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.