What to do if a friend or family member is arrested
INTAKE PROCEDURES / ACCOUNTS/ FEES
When you or someone you know is arrested, the money the inmate has on them at that time will be deposited into an account, less a $20.00 subsistence fee. The defendant may then withdraw from the account to purchase items from commissary, have elective medical / dental treatment. All other property that enters the facility will be itemized and stored until the defendant's release. Any item of property that can be used as a weapon is not stored at the facility. If the arresting officer retains any property as evidence, that property will be stored at the Sheriff's Administrative Office – Evidence/Property Division located at 1010 N. Main Street Bushnell, Florida.
Q. If the arrestee has no money; will they receive any personal hygiene items or other supplies?
A. Yes. Inmates are provided basic personal hygiene supplies and they also receive materials with which to communicate with friends or family by mail.
Q. How do I deposit money into an inmate's account?
A. Money can be deposited in the kiosk in the public lobby of the intake/release facility (available 24/7) or the kiosk at the visitation center (visitation hours only). The kiosks will accept cash, debit and credit card transactions. Please be advised that these kiosks are for deposits only and will not dispense cash. You may also deposit money online by going to the Commissary Deposit Website.
Q. How does an inmate release funds to someone outside the facility?
A. The inmate must fill out a release form and then the commissary clerk will write the receiver a check from the inmates' commissary account funds. The inmate may release up to 80% of their available funds as long as a minimum of $10 is left in the account.
Q. Upon release, how do the arrested get the money out of their account?
A. All money that enters the detention facility is immediately deposited into an account for the inmate. Upon the release of the inmate, they will receive the balance of their account on a debit card.
Q. Can an inmate release any of his personal property to someone?
A. Yes. Personal property that can be released consists of their wallet, bank/credit cards, car keys and cell phones. An exception is made for those sentenced to DOC, they can release all of their property. All requests to release funds or property may only be made by the inmate.