The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Northampton County Community Corrections Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Easton, 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 Northampton County Community Corrections, 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 in the jail lobby for your use. It accepts credit/debit cards. You may also deposit cash in denominations no smaller than a $5 and no larger than a $100.
This jail accepts online deposits to inmate accounts through ConnectNetwork.com. Click here to get started.
Create an account.
Click on “Offender Trust Fund”
Deposit funds to a specific inmate trust account
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Deposits are available within 24 to 48 hours
Accepts MasterCard, Visa, or Discover credit or debit cards
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.
Make the Money Order or cashier’s check payable to North Hampton IPP.
On memo write inmate first and last name and inmate ID #.
Northampton County Department of Corrections
666 Walnut Street
Easton, PA 18042
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.
Call 888-988-4768 to make a deposit by phone. You will use facility site # 20. You will need the inmate’s first and last name and birth date. The deposit must be made by credit or debit card.
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 Northampton County Community Corrections Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 610-923-4300.
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.
You can deposit as much as you wish to deposit, but the inmates may be limited in what they can spend each week.
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 Northampton County Community Corrections at 610-923-4300 will let you know how much is deducted from the books for each fee related to medical issues or other jail expenses.
Online you can find the medical fee information by going here, Other Northampton County Community Corrections fees can be determined by going here or calling 610-923-4300.
Call the Northampton County Community Corrections at 610-923-4300 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.
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.