Prior to bringing an inmate into County Jail, arresting officers
are required to inventory the arrestee’s personal property and
heat-seal it into a bag. In most cases, this makes it
unnecessary for jail personnel to handle the inmate’s property.
After the inmate’s cash has been accepted, it is placed in an
account available to the inmate for commissary and other
purposes. Any unused funds are returned to the inmate upon
discharge from custody.
Prior to being assigned to a housing unit, inmates are required
to exchange their personal clothing for jail clothing. Their
personal clothing is bagged and stored securely until their
release. No bulk property (backpacks, sleeping bags, bicycles,
etc.) will be accepted at any County Jail. Questions concerning the
location of such property should be directed to the arresting
Inmates receive basic hygiene items free of charge when first
entering Sheriff’s custody. While they have less than $2.00 on
their accounts they will continue to receive these items. When
they have money on their account they may choose to purchase
additional items as well as limited amounts of food items
through the jail commissary.
When an individual is booked into the County Jail, an account is opened to safeguard
that person’s money as long as the inmate remains in custody. While in custody, inmates
can use the money “on their books” to make purchases from the Sheriff’s Commissary. Items
available through the commissary include food items, toiletry articles, writing materials,
postage, and pre-paid telephone time. Although the Sheriff’s Department provides for all
basic nutrition and hygiene needs, permitting inmates to purchase items from the commissary
provides a level of variety not otherwise available to them.
In order to allow inmates continued access to the commissary during their incarceration,
funds may be added to their accounts at any time. Deposits may be
made to an inmate’s account at the Information Office of any Sheriff’s detention facility
or by visiting www.sdsheriffcommissary.com. Certain checks may also be used to make deposits
to an inmate’s account. This may be accomplished with a cashier’s check from a United States
bank, or with a money order issued by the U.S. Postal Service, Western Union, a credit union,
bank, savings & loan, etc. Government instruments such as payroll and retirement checks can
also be deposited to an inmate’s account, as well as checks issued by the State Prison System
or a San Diego County Probation Department Honor Camp. Please note that personal checks and
multiple party checks are not accepted. Deposits will not be accepted to an inmate’s account
if it would cause the account balance to exceed $500. (An inmate is limited to spending a
maximum of $100 per order on commissary items.)
All unused funds, as well as all items stored in property, will be returned to the inmate at the time of
release from custody.
Questions regarding inmate fund accounts, including funds owed may be directed to the
Detentions Accounting Office at the facility from which you were released.
Commissary or e-Commerce Purchases - (619) 661-2860 (Do not contact facilities)
George Bailey Detention Facility - (619) 661-2729
Las Colinas Detention Facility - (619) 258-3168
South Bay Detention Facility - (619) 691-4822
San Diego Central Jail - (619) 615-2545
Vista Detention Facility - (760) 940-4677
Please allow seven working days after release to coordinate the disbursement of funds owed to you.
Commissary and Inmate Telephone Purchases
Request for reimbursement of pre-paid telephone time can be made to the inmate
telephone provider, Securus, at (800) 844-6591.
Questions about other Commissary online purchases can be directed to (619) 661-2860.