The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Lake County Adult Detention Facility Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Painesville, 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 Lake County Adult Detention 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.
Commissary “shopping” is important to the inmate and provides something to look forward to.
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.
There are usually four choices for putting money on an inmate's books:
Dropping Money at the Jail
There is a window at the jail lobby where you can deposit up to $30 to an inmate account. You must use cash and must bring the exact amount as no change will be given. For example, if you bring two $20 bills you will only be allowed to make a $20 deposit because cash deposits cannot be more than $30.
This jail does not have an online company to process inmate deposits. You cannot make deposits over the Internet at this time.
You are allowed to mail a money order to the jail for deposit to the inmate’s account.
There is no limit to how large the money order can be.
There must be a return address on the money order and the money order itself must be made out to the inmate’s first and last name and mailed to:
Inmate’s first and last name
C/O Lake County Adult Detention Facility
104 E. Erie Street
Painesville, OH 44077
This jail does not accept deposits to inmate accounts by phone.
The funds can be used to purchase items off a commissary list that include stationery supplies, personal hygiene items and snacks. This jail does not sell phone cards through commissary.
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.
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.
Inmates at this jail do not have a care package option but the policy can change at any time.
If you are depositing cash at the jail, you cannot deposit more than $30.
If you are sending a money order or multiple money orders to the inmate through the mail, there is no limit to the amount you can send.
Inmates at this jail are not required to pay booking, processing or medical fees.
Remember to bring the exact cash to the window, as change will not be given.
Put your financial needs first, then determine what to send out of what is left over in your budget.
A few snacks, some stationery supplies and personal hygiene items are all that inmates need. They are fed meals by the jail.