The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Montgomery County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Dayton, 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 Montgomery County 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.
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
There are kiosks available in the jail lobby, 24-hours-a-day, and seven-days-a-week. The machines accept cash, debit and credit cards. If bringing cash, be sure to bring the exact amount you wish to deposit as the machines do not provide change.
This jail does not have a method for making online deposits to inmate accounts. However, the policy can be changed at any time. Click here to see if this facility has begun accepting online deposits and if so, how to make one.
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.
Click here to locate your inmate’s booking number.
Make the money order payable to the inmate’s first and last name and booking number.
Be sure to include a complete return address and mail the money order to:
Mail it to:
Inmate’s first and last name and booking number
330 W. Second Street
Dayton, OH 45422
This jail does not accept phone deposits to inmate accounts. However, the policy can be changed at any time. Click here to see if this facility has begun accepting online deposits and if so, how to make one.
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 Montgomery County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 937-225-2807.
There is no limit to the amount of money you can deposit on an inmate’s books.
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.
The jail does not participate in a care package program, but could begin doing so in the future.
This jail does not charge a processing fee to incoming inmates.
There are fees for medical visits and prescriptions. A medical visit typically costs $2-$5 and a prescription costs $2-$3.
If an inmate does not have money on the books, he or she will still be allowed to seek medical visits and fill prescriptions. The fees will accumulate on the inmate’s books as a negative balance. Once commissary funds begin coming in, the fees owed will be deducted and the inmate will receive the balance.
It is a good idea to ask your inmate during visits or calls if he or she had a medical visit or a prescription filled that week so you know how much extra to deposit so that the inmate gets the amount you want him or her to have for commissary purchases.
Call the Montgomery County Jail at 937-225-2807 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 and gambling problems in jails across the country. Inmates often pay for these with commissary items. Keep this in mind when determining how much to deposit. Enough for a few daily snacks and periodic stationery supplies or personal hygiene items is all the inmate really needs.
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.