The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Dauphin County Prison Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Harrisburg, 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.
Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Dauphin 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.
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 self-serve kiosks available in the jail lobby. The kiosks accept deposits by cash, credit and debit cards. If depositing cash, bring the exact amount you wish to deposit. The kiosks are available 24-hours-per day.
Dauphin County Prison contracts with JailATM.com to process online deposits to inmate accounts. You will use a credit or debit card to make the deposit. There are small fees associated with each deposit. Click here to get started.
In setting up your account, you will be asked for your driver’s license number and social security number. Providing this information will get your account approved more quickly so you can begin making deposits.
This jail does not accept mailed deposits.
This jail does not accept deposits to inmate accounts made 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 Dauphin County Prison Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here and here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling .
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.
There is no maximum limit for deposits, however, the inmates have restrictions on how much money they can spend each week on commissary items.
This jail does not charge a booking fee, but the policy can change at any time.
Inmates are charged $3 to see the nurse and $5 to see the doctor.
The money is paid from the inmate’s commissary account. If there are not enough funds in the account, services will still be given and the money will be taken out when deposit is made to the inmate’s account.
Call the Dauphin County Prison at 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.