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How to Put Money on an Inmate’s Books in Maricopa County Jails

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.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a convenience fee to use TouchPay’s services. The amount of the fee will be made available to you before you complete your transaction, and it will also be included on your receipt. For all information regarding depositing money into an inmates account, please see the MCSO page on inmate accounts. If you are seeking more information, please see the TouchPay Help page.


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 If you wish to make your deposit by kiosk, than you can conveniently locate one by visiting the following URL:

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 Sheriff’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.

For more information, please see the Maricopa County Jail systems FAQ’s.


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