Alameda County-Glenn Dyer Detention

County Jail

Last Updated: October 07, 2019
Address
550 6th St, Oakland, CA 94607
Beds
834
County
Alameda
Security Level
County - medium
Phone
510-268-7777
Email
webmaster@alamedacountysheriff.org
Facility Type
Adult
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Alameda County-Glenn Dyer Detention basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 510-268-7777

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Alameda County-Glenn Dyer Detention is a medium-security detention center located at 550 6th St Oakland, CA that is operated locally by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Alameda County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Oakland Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility Facts

  1. The Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility (GEDDF) measures at 234,000 square feet.
  2. 20 levels in the high-rise part of the jail.
  3. There are six housing floors with two levels on each floor, a main and mezzanine.
  4. Due to classification requirements and housing modifications, the maximum housing capacity for double-bunking is 626. Total housing capacity is 834.
  5. 576 cells on the six housing floors. 2 cells are on the hospital floor.
  6. Cells are minimally 80 square feet.
  7. There are two outdoor recreation yards at level 18.
  8. Sit down capacity for men's booking Holding tanks: Approx. 155.
  9. Sit-down capacity for women's booking Holding tanks: Approx. 50.
  10. Jail windows are generally made of tempered glass and lexan plastic or laminated Lexgard (lexan), 9/16ths thick. The tempered glass resists scratches and the lexan is basically the shatter proof part of the window. In Central Control the window is layer upon layer of glass/lexan/glass, etc., to a width of 1 1/2". The window is bullet proof.
  11. The outside walls of the jail are 12" thick and are re enforced concrete with steel. The outside walls bear the weight of the building. The walls around the outdoor roof top recreation area are about 10" thick and are also reinforced concrete.
  12. Gunnite is sprayed on cement. Gunnite is laid over the outside walls of each cell. In between the gunnite and the reinforced concrete is a Styrofoam type insular substance. The inside cell walls are 100% gunnite.
  13. The drop from the top of the building is 176 feet.
  14. Each cell has a smoke detector in the evacuator air system.
  15. There are three types of smoke detectors in the building:
    • Duct smoke detectors
    • Room smoke detectors
    • Supply Fan detectors
  16. Carpeting on the housing unit floors have been removed and replaced with linoleum.
  17. The material in the de tox and safety cells is a rubber covered and with sealed with a flexible resin coating.
  18. Medical Services have been contracted to Corizon Health Services medical division.
  19. Food services are provided under contract by Aramark food service.

Mail Procedures

  • Mail will be distributed daily (Monday through Friday, excluding weekends and holidays). Mail will be delivered only to the addressee.
  • Incoming mail MUST have the inmate's name AND PFN.
  • Incoming mail MUST have the name and address of the sender on the outside of the envelope.
  • All mail sent to, or from, any inmate may be opened and inspected by jail staff outside the presence of the inmate involved (except legal mail).
  • Incoming mail with any perceived bio-hazard (i.e. lipstick, gloss, perfume/cologne, etc) shall be returned to sender.
  • Envelopes and letters containing address labels, stickers, tape, glued surface (homemade cards) shall be returned to sender.
  • Items which are considered contraband and will cause the mail to be returned to the sender are envelopes, stamps, and writing materials.
  • Sexually explicit drawings on the outside of mailing envelopes will cause U.S. Postal authorities to return the envelope to sender.
  • Incoming mail from attorneys or governmental officials will be opened by the jail staff in the presence of the inmate involved.
  • Money may be sent by MONEY ORDER or CASHIER'S CHECK ONLY. Personal checks and cash will be returned to sender (refer to money section).

    Reading Materials
  • NEW Books and Magazines (Limit of six (6) per day) are allowed to receive through the mail (NO HARDBACK BOOKS ALLOWED) - PROVIDED THESE ITEMS ARE SENT DIRECTLY FROM THE PUBLISHER OR "ON LINE" BOOKSTORE, such as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, etc. On-line bookstore must have a legitimate website that is verifiable and allows consumers to order directly. Any website that re-directs to another website for ordering is not accepted. PACKAGES MUST BE PROFESSIONALLY LABELED and recognized as an on-line bookstore. Books from private sellers will be returned.
  • Envelopes, magazines, and periodicals sent to inmates may not exceed 8-1/2" x 14". Any mail exceeding this size will be returned to sender.
  • Inmate newspaper subscriptions must be made directly to the newspaper company by a third party. Cancellation or change of address for subscriptions must be made directly to the newspaper company. Newspapers will then be distributed through regular mail channels. Weekend and Holiday newspapers will be distributed the next working day. Newspapers for inmates no longer in custody will be disposed of by the mail room staff. (Each housing unit receives six daily Tribune newspapers, paid for by the Inmate Welfare Fund).

    Photographs
  • Photographs may not be larger than 4" x 6".
  • A maximum of ten (10) photographs may be mailed to inmates in an envelope at a time.
  • Polaroid and negative photographs are not accepted.
  • Photographs that are altered or blacked out in any manner shall be returned to sender.
  • Photographs or pictures that are pornographic, nude, suggestive, showing gangs, gang tattoos, or hand gestures (signs) are not allowed.

Money
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office takes pride in the services provided to inmates; including meals, library services, and inmate programs. In addition, the Sheriff's Office provides the opportunity for inmates to purchase additional items such as snacks, soups, drinks, stationery, hygiene supplies, medicines, and specialty items for women, to name a few. All proceeds from the sale of these items go directly to the Inmate Welfare Fund. This fund is used to support the numerous programs offered to inmates, as well as televisions, games, recreational supplies, etc.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURE:

  • Deposits may be made by mail or in person. Only cash or money orders will be accepted for deposits on inmates accounts' (NO PERSONAL, PAYROLL, TAX REFUND OR SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS OR COINS). Do not send cash through the mail. If depositing money in person, you must have the exact amount. NO CHANGE WILL BE GIVEN. If you have been an inmate within the last six months, you may not deposit money on another inmate's account.
  • Visitors must produce valid photo identification (driver's license, military, etc.) and have the inmate's PFN before depositing money on the inmate's account.

HOURS FOR MONEY DEPOSITS
Seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Although you may deposit money 24 hours a day, it is recommended you do so during normal lobby hours from 8:00am to 6:30pm.

Property
Property releases and clothing exchange transactions will be accepted until 11:00 pm at the Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility.

Property release requests forms must be submitted by the inmate and received by lobby personnel prior to the day the visitor will be picking up the property. This usually takes up to seven working days at the GEDDF.

It is required that you provide photo identification when receiving the released property. It is recommended that you call the lobby to ensure the property is ready for pick-up.

Court clothing for inmates will only be accepted at the Lobby within 72 hours of a jury trial, preliminary examination, or if a Court Order has been received. You may only bring a maximum of two sets of clothing. The clothing in the inmate's property must be taken during the exchange. Clothing is exchanged on a one-for-one basis.

All medications are provided to inmates through Corizon Health Services. Lobby personnel will accept prescription glasses, dentures and contact lenses solution in sealed packages. It is recommended that you coordinate with Corizon Health Services prior to leaving items in the lobby (510) 268-7758.

Telephone Calls
Pay phones are available to all inmates daily. However, inmates can only make collect telephone calls.

  • In order to eliminate problems associated with 3-way calling, the telephone system in use automatically terminates the call if an attempt is made to connect a third party.
  • If you have call waiting, be advised the telephone system in use may terminate your call if the call waiting "click" is heard. The system cannot differentiate between the call waiting "click" and the 3-way calling "click".
  • Private citizens can prevent collect calls by having a BLOCK put on their personal phone line. This can be done by contacting your local telephone company.

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Inmate Locator

Alameda County-Glenn Dyer Detention publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in California. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

Visitation Information

Alameda County CA Glenn Dyer Detention - Visitation

  • All persons entering or leaving jail property are subject to search for contraband. Entry is a consent to search.
  • No photographs may be taken on jail property without first obtaining permission from the facility Commanding Officer. Unauthorized photographs will be confiscated.
  • Possession of firearms, narcotics, drugs, or alcohol is a felony on jail property. VIOLATORS WILL BE ARRESTED.

GDJ Face-to-Face Visiting Schedule* - For visiting appointments at Glenn Dyer Detention Facility, click HERE to make a reservation.

Days

Times

Housing Units

Thursday

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

H1S, H3S, H5S

Thursday

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

H1N, H3N, H5N

Friday

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

H2S, H4S, H6S

Friday

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

H2N, H4N, H6N

Saturday

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

H1S, H3S, H5S

Saturday

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

H1N, H3N, H5N

Sunday

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

H2S, H4S, H6S

Sunday

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

H2N, H4N, H6N

GDJ Video Visiting Schedule*

Days

Times

Housing Units

Monday

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

H1S, H2S-C, H5N

Monday

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

H1N, H5S

Tuesday

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

H3N, H4N, H6N

Tuesday

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

H2S, H3S, H4S

Wednesday

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

H2N, H6S

Thursday

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

H1S, H3S, H5S

Thursday

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

H1N, H3N, H5N

Friday

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

H2S-A&B, H4S, H6S

Friday

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

H2N, H4N, H6N

Saturday

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

H1S, H3S, H5S

Saturday

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

H1N, H3N, H5N

Sunday

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

H2S-A&B, H4S, H6S

Sunday

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

H2N, H4N, H6N

*Visiting schedules are subject to change.

Visiting Procedure - VISITING IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Visitors may schedule an appointment up to three (3) days in advance. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance. There will be no same-day appointments given.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with GTL to provide both video and face-to-face visits with inmates. All visitors must register through GTL’s website or download GTL’s Android App in the Google Play Store. This app is not available for Apple products. Video visits may be conducted on your home computer or at the lobby booths located at Glen Dyer Detention Facility or Santa Rita Jail.

Visitors must check in with the Lobby staff at least thirty (30) minutes prior to the scheduled appointment for all face-to-face visits, as well as video visits if using the lobby booths. Late arrivals are subject to cancellation.

WARNING: The submission of any false information to obtain this Visiting Reservation, including but not limited to the use of fraudulent credentials to establish personal identification, will subject the person making the reservation and/or a visitor associated with the registration to permanent revocation of visiting privileges!

Each adult visitor (18 years or older) must be registered before scheduling an appointment. When registering, you must provide the following information:

  • Visitor's name
  • Visitor's address (Post Office boxes are not acceptable)
  • Telephone Number
  • Visitor's date of birth (D.O.B.)
  • Visitor's driver's license or valid ID number
  • Email address

To make a visiting appointment, you will also need the following:

  • Inmate's name
  • Inmate’s PFN
  • Inmate’s date of birth

Visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian. If legal guardian, documentation showing proof of this required.

The lobby will be staffed with deputies and one metal detector. When the visiting group number is called, visitors will line up in front of the Lobby metal detector and present his/her identification to the deputy. Acceptable identification is:

  • Valid driver's license.
  • State identification card.
  • Passport
  • Matriculate Consulate card
  • Other official identification, depicting photographs, physical characteristics, and signature issued by a governmental body.
  • Other types of identification approved by the visiting sergeant.

Once the visitor clears the metal detector, he/she will go directly to the inmate's housing unit visiting the control booth via the visitors’ elevator.

  • Visitors shall follow all staff instructions.
  • At the end of the allotted time, visitors are expected to exit the visiting area without delay.

Visiting Rules and Regulations

Any violation of the rules and regulations by a visitor or inmate may result in the end of the visit, and the visitor will be required to leave the facility. If the visitor engages in unlawful conduct, he/she is subject to arrest. Violation of the rules and regulations or infractions of the law may result in the visitor having privileges suspended or permanently revoked.

  1. Any person who has been confined in the Alameda County Jail System within the last six (6) months cannot visit an inmate without prior written or verbal authorization from the Commanding Officer or his/her designee.
  2. Any visitor having been previously convicted of a felony and confined in a State Prison in California will not be allowed to visit without written permission from the Commanding Officer.
  3. Any visitor having previously been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor and who are currently on County Probation will not be allowed to visit without written permission from the Commanding Officer.
  4. All persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian unless they are married to the inmate receiving the visit. The visitor must provide the birth certificate and/or legal documentation upon request.
  5. Bringing firearms, explosives, alcoholic beverages, narcotics, or any controlled substance, including marijuana, into the facility is a crime, and the visitor will be subject to arrest.
  6. Any visitor who routinely cancels scheduled visits may have their visiting privileges suspended or revoked.
  7. Any visitor under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to visit and may be subject to arrest.
  8. Visitors are not allowed to carry laptop computers, cameras, tape recorders, purses, bags, briefcases, cellphones, baby strollers/carriers or any other items into the visiting areas. Personal items should be left at home or locked in the visitor's vehicle. Items may also be locked in the public lockers located in the lobby area. Items not reclaimed by visitors at the conclusion of visiting will be removed and disposed of. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is not responsible for lost, stolen, or removed items.
  9. Visitors and their possessions are subject to search by Sheriff's Office personnel. Entering the facility is consent to search.
  10. Smoking is prohibited in the building and within 20 feet of entrances, pursuant to County Ordinance.
  11. You must provide your own pen or pencil. None will be given out in the lobby.
  12. No food or drink is permitted in the visiting areas. Visitors will be allowed to bring one (1)diaper and one (1) baby bottle into the visiting area.
  13. All visitors are required to proceed directly to their respective visiting areas and to remain there until their visit is completed. Upon completion of the visit, the visitors must leave the facility, or if they wish, may visit another inmate. At any time, the visitor may terminate the visit and return to the lobby. Visits will last approximately thirty (30) minutes at the Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility with each visitor.
  14. Visitors will not be allowed to revisit an inmate whom they have previously visited that day.
  15. Visitors found visiting an inmate other than the one scheduled, or in an area other than the one designated, will have their visiting privileges revoked and will be required to leave the facility.
  16. There will be no physical contact between visitors and inmates.
  17. Visitors and inmates shall not exchange or pass any item. If they do, the visit will be terminated. Any person passing contraband is subject to arrest and additional charges may be added to the inmate.
  18. Visitors and inmates are to refrain from loud talking or any disruptive behavior. Visitors with disruptive children may have their visit terminated.
  19. When a deputy or technician announces that the visit is over, the visit will end immediately.
  20. An inmate may refuse to see any visitor.
  21. Children must be supervised and controlled by an adult at all times.
  22. Any discourteous acts will immediately terminate your visit.

Visitor Apparel
Visitors are expected to dress to meet the constraints of the institutional setting. Attire should be conservative and not revealing. Lobby staff has the final determination of clothing dress standards.

  • Visitors shall be fully clothed;
  • Visitors shall wear shoes or sandals;
  • Visitors will not be permitted to remove clothing items such as sweaters, jackets, etc.which would violate the dress code standards.

The Following Types of Clothing/Items are Prohibited

Excessive jewelry - If visitors have problems being cleared through the metal detector, after three (3) attempts, they will move to the end of the line and try clearance again.

  • Articles of clothing that could be deemed "gang" colors, such as hats, belts, bandanas, shoes, sportswear, etc.
  • Attire displaying obscene offensive language or drawings.
  • Display of tattoos or other body art that is gang or hate related.
  • Sleeveless, strapless, halter, spaghetti straps, swimsuits, or bare midriff clothing.
  • Shorts or skirts exposing more than mid-thigh (includes slits in the garments)
  • Undergarments must not be visible.
  • No sheer or "see-through" clothing.
  • Pajamas (top and/or bottom)
  • Clothing with non-removable metal buckles.
  • No bib-overalls/clothing of any kind with metal.
  • No cigarette packs, loose cigarettes, cigarette lighters or cigars.

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Facility Type

Alameda County-Glenn Dyer Detention is run by the county sheriff’s department and the prison is run by the state department of corrections. Jail is for inmates who are awaiting time or who have been sentenced to less than a year. Prison is only available for people who have been sentenced to more than a year on any one charge.

Neither prison nor jail is nice but they differ in their levels of security, the programs they have and the quality of the environment. Additionally, an inmate cannot ask for a motion to reconsider once they have been transferred to the custody of the department of corrections.

The Sheriff’s department calculates what percentage of your jail time that you actually have to serve. The law requires that the sheriff’s department make people serve a minimum of 50% of their sentence if they are convicted of a misdemeanor.

The jail will accept inmates from the US Marshal and ICE where space is necessary. In comparison, state prison is for inmates serving lengthier sentences on crimes that are more severe in nature.

The Alameda Sheriff’s Department calculates what percentage of a felony jail sentence a person will serve. The law requires that an inmate serve at least 85% of their felony jail sentence for non-mandatory time and 100% of their mandatory time.

Alameda County-Glenn Dyer Detention also offers and manages alternatives to jail such as work release programs, work furlough, house arrest, and private county jails where the person convicted can serve their sentences on weekends. Because overcrowding is a problem in both county jail and state prison, both systems operate a good behavior program. Those who are on good behavior can have their sentences reduced or cut.

If you are not serving a mandatory minimum sentence and you do not get into trouble while in jail the sheriff’s department will typically give automatic good behavior time. When you first receive your release date from the jail, within a few days of being incarcerated, the good time deduction will have already been included in most cases. For non-mandatory misdemeanor good time off is 50% and for felonies is typically about 10-15%.

Custody/Security Level

The Alameda County-Glenn Dyer Detention is located in California and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 510-268-7777 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Alameda County and nearby cities and towns. Some offenders may stay less than one day or only for a few days until they are released in a court proceeding, some after putting up a bond and then are released to a pretrial services caseload under supervision by the court, or are released on their own recognizance with an agreement to appear in court.

The jail is divided into "pods," each of which includes individual cells, common areas, and an outside recreation court — a space bound by towering concrete walls. All meals, are approved by a dietitian. Common area tables are made of solid steel with attached four seats. Inmates crowd around the tables playing cards or board games like chess and checkers. Inside the cells, there is only a sliver of a window allows inmates to peer out. There are two to three inmates per cell, The jail is crowded at about 90 percent capacity and this population varies day-to-day sometimes over-crowded. There are a number of people who arrive at the jail actively or recently drunk or high, or arrive with injuries from fights/assaults that led to their arrest, and/or are mentally ill with no other place for law enforcement to deliver them. This makes the intake process challenging for the jail’s staff and its medical personnel.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a County - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about Alameda County-Glenn Dyer Detention that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in California

Here are some general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account; but not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails require a per-night fee for the jail’s expenses.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the jail. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be used if the inmate has funds in their commissary account, like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. Items sold are clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary also sells products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets, songs and educational programming. They also sell paper, envelopes, and stamps allowing the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – eligible where no money has been in their commissary account for at least 30 days.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with. Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JailATM, WU, Touchpayonline, tigercommissary, smartdeposit are some of the money transfer firms being used by various facilities. MoneyGram is by far the oldest and most trusted.

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at Alameda County-Glenn Dyer Detention letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to Alameda County-Glenn Dyer Detention at 550 6th St, Oakland, CA

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $8.95, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

Ask a former inmate questions at no charge. The inmate answering has spent considerable time in the federal prison system, state and county jails, and in a prison that was run by the private prison entity CCA. Ask your question or browse previous questions in response to comments or further questions of members of the InmateAid community.

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