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The ONLY acceptable ways to add money to an inmate’s commissary account are:

 

1. Money Order:

*A money order is the only acceptable funds that a corrections officer can accept for deposit into an inmate account. Money orders may be left at the booking office window drop box, at visitation with an officer, or mailed to an inmate. Money orders must have the inmate resident number written on the money order in legible print. See the Inmate Mail tab for further instructions. It is the responsibility of each inmate to ensure that his/her family knows to put his/her resident number on the money order. No cash or checks will be accepted by Sheriff's Office employees. 

2. Cash Deposits:

 *Cash deposits may be made to an inmate’s account through the use of the Cobra Cashier machine located in the video visitation area behind the front desk in the lobby.  This machine is similar to an ATM and instructions for use are listed on the screen.  The Cobra Cashier accepts $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 bills only.  The inmate’s booking number must be entered prior to making a deposit through the Cobra Cashier.  A charge of $3.25 per transaction will be assessed for each deposit.   

3. Credit & Debit Cards:

       *Credit and debit cards may be used to deposit money into an inmate’s account through the Cobra Cashier as well.  The inmates booking number must be entered prior to making a deposit through the Cobra Cashier.  A charge of $3.25 per transaction will be assessed for each deposit.

*Credit and debit cards may be used to deposit money into an inmate’s account by visiting www.govpaynow.com or calling 1-888-277-2535.  To complete a debit or credit card transaction you will need following: (1) Inmate name (2) Inmate number (3) Facility code – SBY (4) Pay Location Code - 5500  

*Beware of social media sites or scams that may advertise or state they can assist in adding money to an inmate’s account!  The ONLY acceptable ways to add money to an inmate’s commissary account are listed above.

 

Guidelines for Inmate Accounts:

1. Inmates will not possess any money.

2. Inmates will not be allowed to transfer money from one inmate to another, nor will an inmate be allowed to receive money from an outside source payable to another inmate.

3. Inmates on "No Privilege" status will only be permitted to purchase items from the hygiene, written correspondence, and clothing categories.

 

 
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