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Galveston County Jail Inmate Commissary


5700 Avenue H
Galveston,
Texas
77551-4137
Galveston County
Main Phone: 409-766-2315
Beds: 1187
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Galveston County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Galveston, Texas.

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 Galveston 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.



Who Can Put Money in an Inmate's Account?

Bring money to the jail in person. Self-serve kiosks are located in the jail’s lobby. They accept credit cards, debit cards and cash. Bring your ID in case you are asked to swipe it in the machine while making the deposit.



How to Put Money on an Inmate Account in the Galveston County Jail

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

Choice 1
Dropping Money at the Jail

Bring money to the jail in person. Self-serve kiosks are located in the jail’s lobby. They accept credit cards, debit cards and cash. Bring your ID in case you are asked to swipe it in the machine while making the deposit.

Choice 2
Deposit Inmate Money Online

Galveston County Jail contracts with Access Corrections to process online deposits to inmate accounts.

 Access Corrections is a private company that processes money-email-photo email for inmates in state prison systems and county jails across the country. The following information tells you how to use the system.

REGISTER
Step 1: Register at the site. Click
here to complete registration and accept the terms of service.

You will be asked for your name, birth date, home address, phone numbers and email. Then go to the bottom of the page and click acceptance of terms of service. 

Step 2: Add inmates to your account resident list. This step cannot be completed until you have registered. Click here to add. To add an inmate, select the state and facility. Enter the inmate’s offender number or his last and first name. On the right the inmates with that name will show. Select the inmate you wish to add to your resident list and click “Add”.

ADDING MONEY

 Online

Step 1: Login in to your account.

Step 2: Choose the inmate from your account resident list.

Step 3: Once you choose an inmate, next to his name it will show you with little photos on the left what services you can purchase for that facility. Most contracted facilities accept deposits of money for the books. Some also offer email services and a few offer photo email services.

Step 4: Select “make a deposit” another screen will open that allows you to input your debit/credit card information. Next to the box where you type in how much money you want to send, you will see the minimum and maximum allowed deposits for that jail.

Mailing Money Orders

Step 1: Go to login page – but don’t login

Step 2: On left side of that page you will see links to various facilities for mailing in money orders

Step 3: Print and fill out the form completely (incomplete pages may be rejected)

Step 4: Mail to the address on the form and include the money order made out as instructed

 USING EMAIL

Step 1: Check to be sure email is one of the offered services at the facility. Does this by clicking on the inmate you wish to email on your resident list. Next to the inmate’s name it will show icons (pictures) of available services. If the envelope does not have a red line through it, then email is allowed.

Step 2: Purchase credits by clicking on the “Buy Credits” on the left side of the page.

Step 3: Choose whether to share credits or not. If you choose share credits and the facility allows inmates to email back, your credits will be deducted each time you or the inmate email each other. Each email typically costs 40-60 credits. You will know how many credits will be used before you click to send the email. If you choose not to share credits, you will be the only one using them to email the inmate. He will not be able to use them to respond.

Email Length

Up to 2,600 characters is allowed in each email. This is approximately 250 words.

Credits cost

500 credits $5.00

1,000 credits $10.00

2,000 credits $20.00

5,000 credits $50.00

Time Frames

When you email, it is sent to the mailroom and printed, scanned and delivered to the inmate, typically within 24 hours. An inmate response will be handwritten, scanned and emailed to you, usually within 24 hours.

PHOTO EMAIL

Step 1: Login

Step 2: Choose inmate from your resident list

Step 3: Select send picture from left side of page (if the service is available it will show a camera that does not have a red line through it next to the inmate’s name).

Step 4: Upload photo from your computer

Step 5: View photo and number of credits required. (Typically 100 to 500 credits per photo). See Cost under Using Email category above. 

Step 6: Submit photo. (All photos are scanned for content. Photos that depict obscenity, gang, drug, weapons related content will be rejected).

 

Click here to reach the Access Connection website.

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 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. Mail to:

Inmate Trust Fund

Inmate's Last Name, First Name, Date of Birth (DOB)

P.O. Box 1939

Georgetown, TX 78627

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 inmate 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 Galveston County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 409-766-2315.



Inmate Care Packages

Care packages are pre-chosen items packaged together and sent to the inmate from a third-party vendor. They can include clothing, snacks and seasonal items.

Inmates at this jail cannot receive care packages. The policy can change at any time in the future. Care packages must be purchased through a jail approved vendor and mailed directly to the jail.



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

There is no limit to how much money someone can put on an inmate’s account.



Medical Copays, Jail Fees and other Inmate Expenses

Inmates at this facility are not charged medical or processing fees. The policy can change at any time.



Important Tips

If making a cash deposit in a kiosk bring the exact amount you wish to deposit as the machine does not provide change.

Call the Galveston County Jail at 409-766-2315 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.