The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Dane County Public Safety Building Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Madison, Wisconsin.
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 Dane County Public Safety Building 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
You can drop the money off at the jail’s bail and release window. Bring a money order or cash only as no other deposit methods will be accepted.
Dane County Public Safety Building Jail does not have an online method to deposit money but the policy could change in the future. Click here to see if online deposits are currently being accepted to inmate accounts.
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 mail to:
Inmate first and last name
C/O Dane County Jail
115 West Doty Street
Madison, WI 53703
Include a complete return address.
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.
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 Dane County Public Safety Building Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling (608) 284-6100.
There is not a maximum amount. You may deposits what you wish to deposit to an inmate’s account.
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.
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 Dane County Public Safety Building Jail at (608) 284-6100 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 Dane County Public Safety Building Jail fees can be determined by going here or calling (608) 284-6100.
A new inmate’s commissary needs are typically more than they will be once he or she has settled into the housing unit. This is because personal hygiene items, clothing, stationery supplies, etc. are purchased. Afterward they only need to be replaced as they run out.
Call the Dane County Public Safety Building Jail at (608) 284-6100 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.