The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Clackamas County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Oregon City, Oregon.
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 Clackamas 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
Self-serve kiosks are available for your use 265 days per year between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. The machine accepts cash, debit and credit cards. No change is given, so if depositing cash, bring the exact amount.
Clackamas County Jail contracts with Telmate to process online deposits to inmate accounts. You must register a free account before you can start making deposits. Click here to get started.
This jail does not accept mailed deposits. If you send one, it will be returned to you and not put on the inmate’s account.
This jail does accept phone deposits to inmate accounts. Call 866-516-0115 to make a phone deposit. Click here to locate the inmate’s booking name and booking #.
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 Clackamas County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling (503) 722-6777.
This jail has its own care package program. You can design your own care packages to have sent to your inmate by choosing products and having them shipped together. Click here to view products and prices.
You do not have a limit as to how much you can deposit on an inmate’s account, but the inmates have limits to what they can spend each week.
This jail charges processing fees and co-pays for medical care. If the inmate does not have funds on his account at the time of service, he or she will still receive the service and the amount owed will be charged against a negative balance. Once money is deposited into the account, the owed amount will be deducted and the inmate will receive the balance.
Call the Clackamas County Jail at (503) 722-6777 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.
Typically, enough money for a daily snack or two, stationery supplies and monthly personal hygiene products is plenty. Do take into account the medical fees that will be deducted if your inmate has seen the medical staff.
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.
Click here to view the jail website for additional information.