Inmate funds are placed into non-interest bearing accounts, known as escrow accounts. There is no minimum or maximum amount that may be placed into an inmate’s account.
Rules for Depositing Funds into Inmate's Account
Deposits to inmate accounts must be received either through the mail or placed in the drop box in the front lobby.
Envelopes are provided at the drop box for your convenience. Credit card, debit card, personal checks, or cash will not be accepted. Depositing money from one inmate account to another is strictly prohibited.
Deposits must be in the form of a money order. (PDF)
Money orders must be made payable to the Baltimore County Detention Center. The inmate's name and identification number must also be noted and legible. The senders name must also be legible. Please place one money order per drop box envelope. Anything other than money orders placed in the drop box envelope will be discarded. Letters, notes, and other communication must be received and processed through the mail.
Deposits received will be credited to the inmate’s account within 72 hours of receipt (subject to restrictions and holds).
Inmates will receive a receipt for all deposits. Please do not call the Finance office an hour after the envelope has been placed in the drop box to verify receipt. Also, please do not call the Finance office the next morning to see if payment has been credited to an inmate’s account. The drop box is emptied every morning and everything is posted according to the inmate ID number placed on the money order.
Rules for Mailing Inmate Funds
Cash and personal checks will not be accepted. Mail received containing money orders not made payable to the Baltimore County Detention Center will be returned to sender. To mail a money order, please send to:
Baltimore County Detention Center
720 Bosley Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
Remember to include the inmate’s name and ID number on the front of the envelope.
Please remove and retain the money order receipt before mailing or placing the money order in the drop box. The money order receipt is the only proof of purchase should any discrepancy arise in reference to the money order.
If there is a discrepancy with an account, the inmate must put the discrepancy in writing and forward it to the finance office.
Any and all discrepancies will be investigated. Family and friends are discouraged from calling in daily during an investigation for updates on the account since we will only discuss an inmate account with the inmate. If we need to speak with a family member or friend, the inmate will provide us with any contact information. If a family member or friend is inquiring about a specific money order and is able to provide the money order receipt number, Finance will advise if that particular money order has been received.
Upon an inmate’s release from the facility, any money orders received for that person will be returned to the sender if a return address is provided.
If no return address is provided, the money order will be placed in the inmate’s account. Once a money order is deposited into the inmate’s account, only the inmate may return with proper ID to claim the money. The Finance office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How can I put money into an inmates commissary account?
A. Deposits to inmate accounts may be mailed to our facility at:
Baltimore County Detention Center
720 Bosley Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
Make sure the inmates name and ID number appear on the front of the envelope. You may also bring in your completed money order and place it in the drop box provided in the lobby.
Q. Can I use a credit or debit card? Is cash preferred?
A. Deposits must be in the form of a money order, payable to Baltimore County Detention Center. The inmates name and ID number must be noted and legible. Anything other than a money order will be returned to the sender. Anything other than money orders placed in the lobby drop box will be discarded.
Q. Will the inmate have access to the money as soon as I drop it in the box located in the lobby?
A. Deposits received will be credited to the inmate’s account within 72 hours of receipt.
Q. Can I call before I send a money order to see how much is in the inmates account?
A. No. We will only discuss an inmate’s account with that specific inmate. We do not give out account information over the phone.
Q. How can I tell if a money order I mailed was received?
A. If you need to inquire about a specific money order, kindly contact the finance office with the money order receipt number. We will research and advise if that particular money order was received.
Q. What if I mail a money order and it is received after the inmate is released or transferred before the money order is received?
A. Upon release or transfer from the facility, any money orders received will be returned to the sender marked no longer at this facility. If no return address is provided, the money order may be deposited into the inmate’s account. Then, only the inmate may come in and claim the money with photo ID. The Finance office is open Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Revised October 4, 2012