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Waukesha County Jail Inmate Commissary


515 West Moreland Blvd.
Waukesha,
Wisconsin
53188
Waukesha County
Main Phone: 262-548-7170
Beds: 469
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Waukesha County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Waukesha, 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.

What is the Purpose of an Inmate Account?

Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Waukesha 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 Waukesha County Jail

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

Choice 1
Dropping Money at the Jail

You can bring the deposit to the facility during any visitation hours and deposited in the available kiosk. The machine accepts cash, credit and debit card deposits.
The machine does not accept $1 bills.

The following fees apply:

 Cash deposit - $3.25 service fee (if $50.00 cash is deposited, inmate will receive $46.75 in their account); $500.00 limit

Credit/Debit Card deposit -  $4.95 service fee (if $50.00 is charged to the credit card, inmate will receive $45.05 in their account);  $100.00 limit

Choice 2
Deposit Inmate Money Online
Waukesha County Jail contracts with Govpaynow.com to process online deposits to inmate accounts. Click here to be taken to the site
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:

Waukesha County Jail FBO Inmate's Name [i.e. Waukesha County Jail FBO John Doe]

Address the envelope as follows:

Waukesha County Jail
Attention: Correctional Services Assistant
P.O. Box 0217
Waukesha, WI 53187-0217

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.

If the envelope is addressed to the inmate, it will be rejected.

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 facility 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 Waukesha County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 262-548-7170.



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.



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

There is no limit to the amount of money you can deposit on an inmate’s account.
Too much money can temp the inmate to incur drug or gambling debts. Enough money for snacks, personal hygiene items and some clothing or stationery supplies is all the inmate needs.



Medical Copays, Jail Fees and other Inmate Expenses

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 Waukesha County Jail at 262-548-7170 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 Waukesha County Jail fees can be determined by going here or calling 262-548-7170.



Important Tips

Call the Waukesha County Jail at 262-548-7170 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.

Inmates at this facility can purchase their own phone minutes using their commissary funds.

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 are 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.

Click here to view the jail website for additional information.