The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Chesterfield County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Chesterfield, Virginia.
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 Chesterfield 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
There are kiosks located in the jail lobby for your use. You can make deposits using cash or credit/debit cards only. Money orders and cashier’s checks are not accepted.
Jail staff will not accept inmate deposits.
Chesterfield County Jail contracts with Jail ATM to process deposits to inmate accounts.
You will need to register a free account.
There are fees associated with each deposit.
Click here to learn about making a deposit online.
This jail does not accept mailed deposits.
This jail does not accept deposits to inmate accounts 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 Chesterfield County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 804-748-1476.
You are allowed to make commissary purchases for your inmate. Click here to get started.
To obtain information regarding when inmates can order canteen or questions related to inmate commissary, please call the Canteen Office at 804-748-1488
There is not a limit, however, there are small fees for each deposit.
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 Chesterfield County Jail at 804-748-1476 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 Chesterfield County Jail fees can be determined by going here or calling 804-748-1476.
Whether you purchase commissary items for your inmate or deposit funds for him or her to use to choose the items, remember that drugs and gambling are issues in jails across the nation.
Inmates use commissary items to pay those debts.
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.