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Last Updated: January 10, 2020

Hancock County IN Jail basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 317-477-1158

The Hancock County IN Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 123 E Main St Greenfield, IN which is operated locally by the Hancock 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. Hancock County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Greenfield Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Hancock County Jail is the facility where any person arrested in the county (for any offense from a misdemeanor to a felony) is brought. While in custody, our staff is responsible for all inmates care, custody, and safety. This facility provides for inmate laundry services, meal preparation and service, and most medical and dental needs.

Although most prisoners stay only a short period, some prisoners may stay the entire time from arrest, through trial and sentencing. After sentencing, some inmates may remain at the county jail while waiting for available space at a state institution.

Corrections Center

Opened April 1988
Capacity: 157 inmates + 118 inmates at the adjacent County Work Release / Community
23 full-time custody staff (5 Sgt, 4 Cpl, 14 JCO)
3 part-time staff (2 JCO, 1 Control Operator)
Average daily inmate population ranges from 170-185

Commissary

Inmate commissary deposits may be made online at jailatm.com or by using the kiosk located in the jail lobby (cash or credit cards accepted). You will need the inmate's ID number and or name and date of birth for all transactions.

Medical Care

Doctor call is held weekly at the Hancock County Jail. Inmates are required to pay a minimal fee for services and prescriptions. Nurse call is available daily, and a fee may be charged for this service. Dentist call is also held on an as-needed basis, and there is a fee for this service.

Indigent inmates will not be denied treatment; however, a negative balance will be held against their account. Indigent inmates will be provided with the minimum necessary healthcare items weekly.

Clothing

The Hancock County Jail does not accept clothing from outside this facility. Inmates can purchase clothing items (underwear, t-shirts, socks, etc.) from the commissary. One set of clothing will be accepted one week in advance if an inmate is scheduled for a jury trial. Upon arrival to the jail, if an inmate is wearing white undergarments, they may be allowed to keep them. This means plain white t-shirts, socks, traditional underwear. Bras must not contain an underwire.

Mail

All inmates of the Hancock County Jail may send and receive correspondence through the U.S. Postal Service. No mail, notes or photographs may be dropped off at the jail for inmates. Mail that is received at the Hancock County Jail for an inmate that has been released or transferred to another facility will be returned to the sender. The exception to this would be if they are “temped out”, meaning temporarily in another facility and we know for sure, they will be back, we hold it in their file.

Address for incoming mail to a Hancock County Jail Inmate:

Inmate Name, Block letter
Hancock County Jail
123 E. Main Street
Greenfield, IN 46140

Please be certain to have your return address, including your name, in the upper left-hand corner of the envelope. (This will ensure the return of the letter in case the inmate has left our facility.) Mail will not be delivered to the inmate without a proper return address.

Books or acceptable magazines may be mailed in from the publisher. Such as a magazine subscription or direct from a book company.

Unacceptable Mail Items

The following items are not allowed in the Hancock County Jail. Including any of these items included will result in items not being delivered to inmate:

  • No stickers, perfume, glitter, or other material on envelopes or letters
  • No Polaroid pictures
  • No pornographic or sexually explicit photos
  • No photos depicting violence
  • No cards of any type (Due to increased risk of contraband, no cards allowed. Any cards will be placed in inmate property and held until release.)

All personal mail is inspected for any and all types of contraband.

Inmate Telephone Service

Combined Public Service provides inmate telephone service at the Hancock County Jail.

Inmates or family may purchase phone time for the inmate:

  • Prepaid machine in the lobby of the jail (cash only).
  • Family may call 1-877-998-5678 and select option 4. (Visa or MasterCard accepted).

Family members may also set up a prepaid direct account. This allows for the inmate to call only that particular number, as long as there is money on the account. This can be set up in 2 ways:

  • Online at inmatesales.com.
    • Select Create an account.
    • Click on buy call time to 1 phone number.
    • Choose the jail in which the inmate is housed (Hancock County Jail-Indiana).
    • Enter the phone number that you would like the inmate to call.
    • Choose the amount of money you want to put on that phone number.
    • Enter your Visa or MasterCard number.
    • Payment processes in about 15 minutes.
  • By phone, call 1-800-849-6081 to set up the prepaid direct account.
    • Phone time is at a rate of .21¢ per minute.
    • Phones are available between the hours of 8:00 a.m. through 11:00 p.m.

New arrestees receive a free, 5-minute call upon completion of booking.

Property Release

When an individual has been brought to the jail, the property will not be released if the inmate is considered to be under the influence. Once they have been taken to population, the property can be released. A form will need to be signed and ID is required. Property will not be released after 72 hours inside the facility. If property is released, we do not accept it back into the facility.

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Hancock County IN Jail Information

Address:

123 E Main St, Greenfield, IN 46140

Phone:

317-477-1158

Security Level:

County - medium

County:

Hancock

FAX

317-477-1703

Facility Type

Adult

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Hancock County IN Jail basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 317-477-1158

The Hancock County IN Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 123 E Main St Greenfield, IN which is operated locally by the Hancock 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. Hancock County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Greenfield Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Hancock County Jail is the facility where any person arrested in the county (for any offense from a misdemeanor to a felony) is brought. While in custody, our staff is responsible for all inmates care, custody, and safety. This facility provides for inmate laundry services, meal preparation and service, and most medical and dental needs.

Although most prisoners stay only a short period, some prisoners may stay the entire time from arrest, through trial and sentencing. After sentencing, some inmates may remain at the county jail while waiting for available space at a state institution.

Corrections Center

Opened April 1988
Capacity: 157 inmates + 118 inmates at the adjacent County Work Release / Community
23 full-time custody staff (5 Sgt, 4 Cpl, 14 JCO)
3 part-time staff (2 JCO, 1 Control Operator)
Average daily inmate population ranges from 170-185

Commissary

Inmate commissary deposits may be made online at jailatm.com or by using the kiosk located in the jail lobby (cash or credit cards accepted). You will need the inmate's ID number and or name and date of birth for all transactions.

Medical Care

Doctor call is held weekly at the Hancock County Jail. Inmates are required to pay a minimal fee for services and prescriptions. Nurse call is available daily, and a fee may be charged for this service. Dentist call is also held on an as-needed basis, and there is a fee for this service.

Indigent inmates will not be denied treatment; however, a negative balance will be held against their account. Indigent inmates will be provided with the minimum necessary healthcare items weekly.

Clothing

The Hancock County Jail does not accept clothing from outside this facility. Inmates can purchase clothing items (underwear, t-shirts, socks, etc.) from the commissary. One set of clothing will be accepted one week in advance if an inmate is scheduled for a jury trial. Upon arrival to the jail, if an inmate is wearing white undergarments, they may be allowed to keep them. This means plain white t-shirts, socks, traditional underwear. Bras must not contain an underwire.

Mail

All inmates of the Hancock County Jail may send and receive correspondence through the U.S. Postal Service. No mail, notes or photographs may be dropped off at the jail for inmates. Mail that is received at the Hancock County Jail for an inmate that has been released or transferred to another facility will be returned to the sender. The exception to this would be if they are “temped out”, meaning temporarily in another facility and we know for sure, they will be back, we hold it in their file.

Address for incoming mail to a Hancock County Jail Inmate:

Inmate Name, Block letter
Hancock County Jail
123 E. Main Street
Greenfield, IN 46140

Please be certain to have your return address, including your name, in the upper left-hand corner of the envelope. (This will ensure the return of the letter in case the inmate has left our facility.) Mail will not be delivered to the inmate without a proper return address.

Books or acceptable magazines may be mailed in from the publisher. Such as a magazine subscription or direct from a book company.

Unacceptable Mail Items

The following items are not allowed in the Hancock County Jail. Including any of these items included will result in items not being delivered to inmate:

  • No stickers, perfume, glitter, or other material on envelopes or letters
  • No Polaroid pictures
  • No pornographic or sexually explicit photos
  • No photos depicting violence
  • No cards of any type (Due to increased risk of contraband, no cards allowed. Any cards will be placed in inmate property and held until release.)

All personal mail is inspected for any and all types of contraband.

Inmate Telephone Service

Combined Public Service provides inmate telephone service at the Hancock County Jail.

Inmates or family may purchase phone time for the inmate:

  • Prepaid machine in the lobby of the jail (cash only).
  • Family may call 1-877-998-5678 and select option 4. (Visa or MasterCard accepted).

Family members may also set up a prepaid direct account. This allows for the inmate to call only that particular number, as long as there is money on the account. This can be set up in 2 ways:

  • Online at inmatesales.com.
    • Select Create an account.
    • Click on buy call time to 1 phone number.
    • Choose the jail in which the inmate is housed (Hancock County Jail-Indiana).
    • Enter the phone number that you would like the inmate to call.
    • Choose the amount of money you want to put on that phone number.
    • Enter your Visa or MasterCard number.
    • Payment processes in about 15 minutes.
  • By phone, call 1-800-849-6081 to set up the prepaid direct account.
    • Phone time is at a rate of .21¢ per minute.
    • Phones are available between the hours of 8:00 a.m. through 11:00 p.m.

New arrestees receive a free, 5-minute call upon completion of booking.

Property Release

When an individual has been brought to the jail, the property will not be released if the inmate is considered to be under the influence. Once they have been taken to population, the property can be released. A form will need to be signed and ID is required. Property will not be released after 72 hours inside the facility. If property is released, we do not accept it back into the facility.

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Inmate Locator

Hancock County IN Jail publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Indiana. 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.

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Visitation Information

Hancock County Jail - Visitation

Visitation Scheduling & Information

  • Video visitation is currently used for all inmates.
  • To schedule a visit, call (866) 340-7879 at least 24 hours in advance of your desired visitation time.
  • Visitation length is 20 minutes.
  • Each inmate can have two 20-minute sessions per week. (One 50-minute visit can replace the Two 20-minute visits.)
  • Plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled visit.
  • If you are late, you will need to reschedule the visit with the company. We have many visitors and need to remain on our schedule.
  • The above schedule may be modified because of staff availability.

Visitation Guidelines

  • When scheduling your visit, you must provide:
    • Your name
    • Your address
    • Your date of birth
    • Your driver's license number
    • Names of any and all additional visitors (including children)
  • Visitors are subject to search.
  • Adult visitors must show picture ID (driver’s license or state ID card).
  • Children must be accompanied by their parent or guardian. No one under 18 without legal parent or guardian will be permitted to visit.
  • Visitation will be denied in the event the visitor appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and may be subject to arrest.
  • Visitation will be denied for inappropriate dress.
  • Visitation may be terminated at any time by the visitation officer for inappropriate behavior in the visitation area or by the inmate in the block.
  • Photos or recording of inmate visitation is prohibited. Visit will be terminated and restricted for that visitor from that point forward.
  • Special Assistance will be provided to handicapped visitors who notify the visitation officer prior to the visit.
  • Visitation will be denied if there is an active Protection Order in place.

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Facility Type

Hancock County IN Jail 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 Hancock 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.

Hancock County IN Jail 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%.

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Custody/Security Level

The Hancock County IN Jail is located in Indiana and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 317-477-1158 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Hancock 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.

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.

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 Hancock County IN Jail 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 Indiana

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 Hancock County IN Jail 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 & 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 magazine & books

Send magazines to Hancock County IN Jail at 123 E Main St, Greenfield, IN

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 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 Hancock County IN Jail 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.

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How to Send an Inmate Money in Indiana

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.

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

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.

This is how to send your inmate at Hancock County IN Jail 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.

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.

Send magazines to Hancock County IN Jail at 123 E Main St, Greenfield, IN

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.

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