The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Franklin County Jail I Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Columbus, 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 Franklin County Jail I, 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 to put on an inmate’s commissary account. The jail accepts cash, Western Union money orders or United States Postal Service money orders.
Deposits are accepted from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week.
There is a $300 limit per deposit.
The jail is located at:
370 S. Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
If you can't get your questions answered online call the Franklin County Jail I at 614-525-3340.
Franklin County Jail I does not contract with a third-party vendor to process online deposits. While no online deposits are accepted, the policy can change at any time.
Click here or here to see if the jail has begun accepting deposits this way.
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 or Western Union.
Make the Money Order out to first and last name.
Mail it to:
Inmate’s first and last name
C/O Franklin County Jail I
370 S. Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Call Franklin County Jail I at 614-525-3340 to confirm the address to send the money order to and how they want it made out.
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.
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.
Click here to find out about making a deposit over the 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 Franklin County Jail I Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 614-525-3340.
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 a $300 limit for each deposit.
Call Franklin County Jail I at 614-525-3340 or click here to learn the Inmate Account deposit limits and other rules regarding depositing money on an inmate's books.
Inmates at this facility are not charged for their medical fees or other living expenses. This policy can change at any time.
A quick call to the Franklin County Jail I at 614-525-3340 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 Franklin County Jail I fees can be determined by going here or calling 614-525-3340.
Call the Franklin County Jail I at 614-525-3340 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.