Inmates must make an initial court appearance or be sentenced to more than 48 hours to be eligible for commissary/checks. Inmate money will be placed in their account and will be made available through voucher to purchase items at commissary. Money orders will be deposited directly into the account. Personal checks will be placed in the inmates’ property box to pick up upon release.
Friends and family may bring money to the lobby to deposit in an inmate’s account. On cash is accepted. Money orders must come through the U.S. Mail. A member may only put money on one inmates’ account. If a member is a visitor then money can only be placed on the account of the inmate being visited.
Inmates requesting to have the balance of their account available upon their release must submit the request, in writing, two (2) business days prior to their release. Upon release, an inmate’s account balance will be available at 1 p.m. the next business day. Inmates requesting to have the balance of their account mailed, must submit in writing, a request stating their correct mailing address. All other account balance checks will be held by the jail clerical staff and can be picked up during office business hours. If for any reason a stop payment is placed on a check, a fee of $ 15.00 will be charged. Checks will be mailed to other facilities the next business day upon the inmate’s transfer, i.e. MCC, MSP and other County Jails. Checks will not be available when inmates are transported. All account balances will be in check form. Monies brought in for inmates prior to 8 a.m. will be placed in the inmate’s account on that day. Funds may not be transferred from one inmate’s account to another inmate’s account. Checks drawn from one inmate account made payable to another inmate, another inmate’s family member or another inmate’s visitor(s) are not allowed. Funds may not be deposited into an inmate’s account that was received from another inmate, another inmate’s family member or another inmate’s visitor(s). Inmates housed at the Penobscot County Jail are not allowed to drop off money for any inmates for a period of 30 days following release.