The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Washington County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Hillsboro, 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 Washington 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
You can bring a money order to the jail to deposit to the inmate’s account. The money order must be made out to the inmate’s name and booking ID #. Click here to get the booking ID number and exact name the inmate was booked under.
Washington County Jail does not have a way for you to make the deposits online to inmate accounts. This policy can change at any time. Click here to see if the jail has begun accepting inmate deposits online.
You can mail a money order to the jail to be deposited to your inmate’s account. Make the money order out to the inmate’s full name and booking ID number. Click here to get the booking ID number and exact name the inmate was booked under.
Mail it to:
Inmate’s full name and booking number
215 SW Adams, MS 32
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Be sure to include a complete return address in the upper left corner of the envelope.
At this time there is not a way to deposit money to an inmate’s account by phone. This policy can change. Click here to see if the jail currently accepts 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 Washington County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 503-846-6826.
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.
This facility does not offer care packages. This can change. Click here to see if care packages are currently available.
There is not a limit to how much you can deposit to an inmate’s account.
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 Washington County Jail at 503-846-6826 will let you know how much is deducted from the books for each fee related to medical issues or other jail expenses.
Your inmate has access to a kiosk in the POD to view what if any charges are being deducted from his or her account.
Call the Washington County Jail at 503-846-6826 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.