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Chester County Prison Inmate Commissary


501 South Wawaset Road
West Chester,
Pennsylvania
19382-6776
Chester County
Main Phone: 610-793-1510
Beds: 685
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Chester County Prison Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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.

What is the Purpose of an Inmate Account?

Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Chester County Prison, 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.



Who Can Put Money in an Inmate's Account?

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.



How to Put Money on an Inmate Account in the Chester County Prison

There are usually four choices for putting money on an inmate's books:

Choice 1
Dropping Money at the Jail

Bring the deposit to the jail. There are drive up and walk up drop boxes located in various areas.

Only Money orders, or certified checks will be accepted in the money box drop points located at the visiting counter or driveway locations.

Make the Money Order out to the inmate's name and put their Inmate ID# in memo section of the Money Order.  (Click here to locate inmate’s #)

Choice 2
Deposit Inmate Money Online

This jail does not accept any deposits online through any company. The policy can change in the future.

Click here to see if online deposits are currently being accepted.

Choice 3
Mail the Inmate Deposit to the Jail

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 or Certified Check from the US Post Office, a reputable bank or Western Union.

Make the Money Order out to the inmate's name and put their Inmate ID# in memo section of the Money Order.  (Click here to locate inmate’s #)

Mail to:

Inmate first and last name and inmate #

501 South Wawaset Road

West Chester, PA 19382-6776

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.

Choice 4
Make an Inmate Deposit over the Phone

This jail does not accept deposits by phone.



What can an Inmate Purchase through Commissary?

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 Chester County Prison Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 610-793-1510.



Inmate Care Packages

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.



What is the Maximum Amount I can Deposit in an Inmate's Account?

This jail does not limit the amount of money you put on an inmate’s books. Inmates do have a limit as to how may commissary items they may have in their cells.

Medical Copays, Jail Fees and other Inmate Expenses

This jail charges each new inmate $85 for processing. This is due at processing and if the inmate does not have it a negative balance will show on his or her books until it is paid. All monies received for commissary or phones for that inmate will be applied to the balance due until it is paid. Thereafter, the inmate will get the funds.



Important Tips

Call the Chester County Prison at 610-793-1510 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.