If you have a friend or family member in any one of the Maricopa County jails (4th Ave, Durango, Estrella, Lower Buckeye, Tent City, and Towers Jail), you may want to know how to put money on his or her account. Inmates can use money to buy items from the canteen, including hygiene items such as toothpaste and shampoo. They can also purchase candy bars and post cards to mail to friends and family members outside of the jail. One thing you should know, when you place money on an inmate’s books, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will take the first $30 from the first deposit each month. So if you want the inmate to actually have the money, please keep this in mind.
Instructions to Give an Inmate Money
To give an inmate money, you need only follow these three simple steps:
1. Choose How You Would Like to Make Your Deposit
You can make a deposit to an inmate’s account by Internet or telephone, or from a special kiosk located in the jail(s) or at certain retail locations throughout Maricopa county. Telephone deposits may be made by calling the following toll-free number: 1-866-355-9593. To make a deposit online, you will need to visit the TouchPay website at https://maricopa.touchpaydirect.net/. If you wish to make your deposit by kiosk, than you can conveniently locate one by visiting the following URL: www.touchpaydirect.com/locator.
2. Choose Your Method of Payment
To give an inmate money, you may use either a credit card or cash. Online and phone deposits are made using either a Visa or Mastercard. Cash deposits may be made at the kiosks. The Sherif’s office itself does not accept any currency or checks. Keep in mind that there is a nominal fee for the TouchPay service.
3. Wait for the Deposit to Clear
Any funds you deposit to your inmate’s books will typically clear within one hour from the time of deposit.
Inmates at Maricopa County jails can receive money posted to their books by friends and family members. Follow the three simple steps above whether your inmate is in the 4th Avenue Jail, Durango, Estrella, Lower Buckeye, Madison, Tent City, Towers, or First Avenue Jail.
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