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Franklin County Jail Inmate Commissary


1016 North 4th Avenue
Pasco,
Washington
99301
Franklin County
Main Phone: 509.545.3501
Beds: 225
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Franklin County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Pasco, Washington.

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 Franklin 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?

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 Franklin County Jail

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

Choice 1
Dropping Money at the Jail

There is a drop box for money orders in the jail lobby.

You take an envelope off the top of the box and fill it out.

Make the money order out to the inmate’s first and last name and inmate #.

Click here to retrieve that number. Or you can call the jail and have them look the ID number up for you.

Choice 2
Deposit Inmate Money Online

Franklin County Jail does not have a way for you to make deposits online to an inmate account.

Choice 3
Mail the Inmate Deposit to the Jail

You can mail a money order to the inmate.

Make the money order out to the inmate’s first and last name and inmate #.

Click here to retrieve that number. Or you can call the jail and have them look the ID number up for you.

Send to:
Inmate first and last name and inmate ID #

1016 North 4th Avenue

Pasco, WA 99301

There must be a complete return address on the upper corner of the envelope.

Choice 4
Make an Inmate Deposit over the Phone

This jail does not accept deposits to inmate accounts 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 Franklin County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 509.545.3501.



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.

When a jail allows the inmate to receive Care Packages they must come directly from an approved company that specializes in serving the inmates of jails.

This jail has not offered a care package program but this can change in the future.



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

According to staff members, there is no limit to how much you can deposit to an inmate’s account as long as it is “reasonable”.

Up to $800 should be fine. If you try to deposit $1,000 or more, the supervisor may question it and it may be sent back to you. It is decided on a case-by-case basis.



Medical Copays, Jail Fees and other Inmate Expenses

This jail does not charge inmates for booking or processing, but they do charge for each medical visit.

If an inmate does not have funds in his or her account to pay for it, medical treatment will not be denied. Once money is deposited to the inmate’s account, any medical fees owed will be deducted and the inmate will receive the balance.

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.

Medical visits are $5 each.



Important Tips

Call the Franklin County Jail at 509.545.3501 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 might be 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.

Never send cash or check. Always send a US Postal Money order.