Lake County OH Adult Detention Facility

County Jail

Last Updated: June 12, 2019
Address
104 E Erie St, Painesville, OH 44077
Beds
334
County
Lake
Security Level
County - medium
Phone
440-350-5601
Fax
440-350-5615
Email
sheriffwebmaster@lakecountyohio.org
Facility Type
Adult
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Lake County OH Adult Detention Facility basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 440-350-5601

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Lake County OH Adult Detention Facility is a medium-security detention center located at 104 E Erie St Painesville, OH that is operated locally by the Lake 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. Lake County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Painesville Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

Inmate Programming

The Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Division of Corrections currently offers one of the most extensive inmate programming curriculums found in Ohio’s County Jails, supported by a wide use of volunteers throughout the area.

Why is such programming critical to Lake County? A quick look at inmate demographics nationwide illustrates the problems we are faced with.

  • There are 2.3 million people incarcerated in our prisons and jails today in the United States, as well as an additional 6 million persons on Probation and Parole. Totaled, that is more people then in college or above in the United States.
  • There are 33% more mentally ill people in our jails and prisons today then there are in our mental hospitals. Further, 16% of people incarcerated in jail today have mental conditions
  • 50-55% of all inmates in our jail and prisons have drug or alcohol addictions related to their crimes
  • 9% of inmates nationwide were homeless in the last 12 months prior to their arrest
  • Nearly 50% of those incarcerated nationwide cannot read or write
  • Over 60% of inmates were unemployed nationwide at the time of their arrest
  • This year over 700,000 people will be released from our nations jails and prisons ... less then 10% will receive any type of treatment for their lack of education, mental health issues, and drug/alcohol addictions.

More than One in 100 Adults Are Behind Bars, Pew Study Finds

Release Type: Pew Press Release

Pew Contact: Jessica Riordan, 215.575.4886

If we fail to address the major issues of drug/alcohol abuse, mental health, lack of education and homelessness we will be releasing back into our neighborhoods the same people who came to jail, with the same problems, only with increased problems associated with incarceration.

It is the philosophy of the Lake County Adult Detention Facilities to return inmates back to society better then when they first came to us. If we can help send inmates back home who are able to deal with their mental issues, who can stay off of drugs and alcohol, and who can obtain a GED so they can get better jobs, then we will be able to make homes safer for their children; our neighborhoods safer for the entire community; and reduce the burden of financial assistance for local government.

To address these issues and make real progress to realizing our goals, our programming offered to the inmates of the Lake County Jail includes:

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous sprang from the Alcoholics Anonymous Program of the late 1940s, with meetings first emerging in the Los Angeles area of California, USA, in the early Fifties. The NA program started as a small US movement that has grown into one of the world's oldest and largest organizations of its type. Narcotics Anonymous provides a recovery process and support network inextricably linked together. One of the keys to NA’s success is the therapeutic value of addicts working with other addicts. Members share their successes and challenges in overcoming active addiction and living drug-free productive lives through the application of the principles contained within the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of NA. These principles are the core of the Narcotics Anonymous recovery program.

Principles incorporated within the steps include:

  • admitting there is a problem;
  • seeking help;
  • engaging in a thorough self-examination;
  • confidential self-disclosure;
  • making amends for harm done;
  • and helping other drug addicts who want to recover.

In May 2014 the average number of inmates who attended NA meetings per week at the Lake County Jail are as follows:

  • Males - 21.6
  • Females - 21.9

G. E. D. General Educational Development

GED - General Educational Development

In November 1942, the United States Armed Forces Institute asked the American Council on Education (ACE) to develop a battery of tests to measure high school-level academic skills. These Tests of General Educational Development gave military personnel and veterans who had entered World War II service before completing high school a way to demonstrate their knowledge. Passing these tests gave returning soldiers and sailors the academic credentials they needed to get civilian jobs. More than 15 million people have received a GED credential since the program began.

The General Educational Development (GED) test measures secondary school academic proficiency equivalence and is recognized as the equivalent of a high school diploma. A new computer-based GED test was initiated in January 2014 and consists of four tests which can be studied for and taken separately. For Ohioans who did not finish high school, earning their GED credential is important to getting a good job, applying for a better job, and entering a workforce program or college.

Currently, the new computer-based GED test is administered at official GED test centers. Students must sign-up at MyGED.com in order to pay for and schedule tests at a nearby testing center. MyGED.com is the only official website for the test and is a helpful resource for anyone wishing to learn more.

GED classes at the Lake County Jail are part of the Auburn Career Center ABLE program. Class is held twice weekly to prepare for the test by strengthening skills in math, reading, and language. Adults 19 and older are eligible for services. Those who are 18 must provide an official withdrawal form from their school district before being admitted to the program.

Religious Services and Programming

The Lake County Detention Facilities work with many area Churches and religious organizations to help provide inmates the opportunity to practice their religious beliefs. On Saturdays and Sundays inmates are permitted to attend religious services offered by the area faiths (including, but not limited to Non-Denominational Services, Protestant, Catholic and Muslim) Further programming offers Men' Bible study, Women's Bible study, Wedding facilitation, and individualized meetings with members of the clergy. Participating groups include:

  • St. Anthony - Fairport Harbor
  • St. Mary - Painesville
  • St. Gabriel - Concord
  • St. Noel - Willoughby Hills
  • Immaculate Conception-Madison
  • Saint John Vianney-Mentor
  • Saint Mary -Mentor
  • Saint Mary- Chardon
  • Saint Bedes the Venerable-Mentor
  • Saint Cyprians-Perry
  • East Heisley Church of God
  • New Mercies Community
  • Leroy Chappell
  • Painesville Assembly of God
  • Mentor Baptist
  • Islamic Center of Cleveland

In May 2014 the average number of inmates who attended church services per week at the Lake County Jail are as follows:

  • Sunday day services (males) average 39.8 (3 services)
  • Sunday day services (females) average 20.0 (1 service)
  • Sunday night serivces (males) average 54.5 (3 services)
  • Sunday night services (females) average 26.9 (1 service)
  • Saturday Jehovah's Witness Service average 9.2 ( 2 services)

In May 2014 the average number of inmates who attended bible study per week at the Lake County Jail are as follows:

  • Tuesday (males) average 17.1
  • Tuesday (females) average 11.3

Library Services

The Lake County Detention Facilities offers a wide-variety of reading material through the inmate library services program. Volunteer Librarians Dee Trepal and Edward Lord spend 10 hours or more per week facilitating the donations, up-keep, and distribution of books to the inmate population. Reading material includes educational, fiction, and non-fiction material.

Women In Transition Through Support Programming

The development of the jail Women in Transition Through Support Services program was created to offer on-site services and support for women during incarceration, as well as providing them with a continued resource and linkage to agencies within the area that can assist them in making a good transition back to the community, and to their family. W.I.T.T.S. is geared to facilitating quality changes in the lives of female offenders so that they can achieve their true potential to be active and contributing members in society, and most importantly, in the lives of their children and families. The program offers the female population services such as a Victim’s Assistance group that focuses on being a Victim, Female support Group, Parenting Classes, Zumba Classes, Yoga Classes, Vision Boarding, Domestic Violence, Blasts Groups and Employment series. http://www.lakecountyohio.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=8pS29%2bxktpw%3d&tabid=1207

Contributing Members to WITTS include:

  • Beacon Health
  • Extended Housing
  • Women's Center Lakeland Community College
  • Lake County Job and Family Services
  • Victims Assistance Program
  • Forbes House
  • Ohio State University Extension
  • Lake Metropolitian Housing Authority
  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
  • Catholic Charities Families of Promise
  • Convenant Outreach Through Advocacy and Agency Networking (COTAAN)

Programming for WITTS inlcudes:

The “Female Support” group focuses on stress associated with being in jail. It helps the women deal with problem solving, trust, goal, planning, anger management and many other topics dealing with stress. The sessions are conducted by members of Beacon Health on Tuesday.

The "Domestic Violence" class is held once a month through the Jail Treaatment Program. The group teaches women how to deal with anger issues and how to cope with being a victim of domestic violence.

The “Parenting Class” aides in assisting women with dealing with their children from a new born to adulthood. The group focuses on setting children up for success as well as trying to become a better parent. The group addresses topics on having a healthy relationships with children and coping with stress that can be associated with raising children.

The "Yoga" class focuses on a healthy mind and body. The group meets on Thursday and averages 21 women per session. The class is conducted by Anne Audrey and six other volunteers.

The "Zumba" class foucuses on using engery in a positive manner to release stress. The class is conducted by Lana Neibuhr and several other Zumba instructorson Friday's.

The "Assessing Yourself" class affords the women the opportunity to take a look at their lives starting from childhood, their friends, their family to figure out what is wrong in their lives in order to set goals to determine and reach positive outcomes while making good choices.

Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation

The Jail Treatment Program was developed in response to the needs of the Criminal Justice System. For Lake county judges and probation officers, it provides structured intensive chemical dependency treatment for clients in a setting where abstinence is insured. It also provides a unique opportunity to mete out logical consequences for crimes while simultaneously addressing the root cause of those crimes. For those offenders who have failed to successfully arrest their addiction through less restrictive means, the Jail Treatment Program provides a logical and cost effective alternative. http://www.lakecountyohio.org/sheriff/daprogramming.htm

Agencies and Services used for Continuing AfterCare Treatment include but not limited to:

  • AA/NA
  • Associated Bilingual Counselors
  • Beacon Health
  • Catholic Charities
  • Community Action for Addiction
  • Community Drug Board (Akron)
  • Cuyahoga County Drug Court
  • Cuyahoga County TASC
  • Ed Keating Center
  • Firelands Counseling
  • Free Clinic (Cleveland)
  • FMRH Mental Health Council
  • Glenbeigh
  • Horizon House
  • Horizon Village (NY)
  • Lake Geauga CADA
  • *Mentor Office
  • *Chardon Office
  • Lake HouseLake Area Recovery Center (LARC)
  • Laura’s Home
  • Moore Counseling Center
  • Outpatient Aftercare
  • Inpatient Aftercare
  • NEOCAP
  • North Coast Counseling (NCC)
  • *Willoughby Office *Ashtabula Office
  • North Coast Behavioral
  • Prison Recovery Resources
  • Ravenwood
  • Salvation Army (Cleveland/Akron)
  • Signature Health
  • Teen Challenge
  • Trinity
  • Turning Point
  • Veteran Administration
  • Western Reserve Counseling
  • Windsor/Laurawood Hospital

Physical Fitness

The Lake County Detention Facilities offer inmates access to indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) recreational areas, as well as housing area exercise programming. An exercise video is shown everyday at 9:00 am and 6:00 pm so that the inmates can have additional exercise in their housing units.
Note: Contrary to misconceptions, there are no weight machines or swimming areas provided to the inmate population.

Anger Management Programming

The Mental Health Counselors and area organizations provide Anger Management therapy to the inmate population. The goal of anger management is to reduce both your emotional feelings and the physiological arousal that anger causes. You can't get rid of, or avoid, the things or the people that enrage you, nor can you change them, but you can learn to control your reactions. Often the Jail works in conjunction with the Courts to provide inmates training on curbing the anger before returning back to their families.

Mental Health Services

The jail system has two full-time Mental health Consultants and a part-time psychiatrist employed by Beacon Health. These two mental health counselors are responsible for the screening of incoming prisoners for significant psychological issues and illnesses, whether it be from depression, suicide risk, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders or any other form of psychological illness or distress. They screen and prioritize those inmates needing to see the psychiatrist who may evaluate them a determine a treatment which includes possible medications. The counselors also supervise the placements of inmates into the designated mental health/special needs housing unit. Further, they respond to inmates in mental health crises, as well as monitoring the status of inmates on the mental health caseload, including those referred by the Lake County Courts.

Medical Services

The Medical Department provides and coordinates medical, dental and psychiatric services to the inmate population of the Lake County Adult Detention Center. These services include:

  • Medical screenings of all inmates
  • History & Physical exam of all inmates sentenced to ten days or longer.
  • TB screening of all inmates.
  • Emergency medical services.Continuing care of pre-existing conditions.
  • Diagnosis, treatment and education of new conditions.
  • Scheduled sick call with Dr. McNaughton.
  • Coordinating medical services with Mental Health
  • Coordinating dental services.
  • Generating and maintaining medical records.

In addition to providing services to inmates, the medical staff provides first aid, TB tests and hepatitis inoculations to employees.

Work Release

The Work Release program allows selected inmates to work at paid employment in the community during their period of incarceration. As ordered by the Court, these inmates are released each day to work and must return at the end of their work day to the jail. This program provides:

  • Continuation of Income and Benefits to the Inmate and his/her family
  • Retention of Employment after release from jail
  • Gradual reintegration back into the community.
  • Accumulation of savings from paid employment.
  • Preservation of family and community ties
  • Ability for inmate to offset costs involved in his/her incarceration

Inmate Worker Programming

The Inmate Worker program allows selected inmates to work inside the jail in a variety of jobs to help reduce the cost of jail operations. The program allows the inmates to earn good time to reduce their time of incarceration, learn new job skills, and provides an opportunity to give back to the community. Inmate Worker jobs include:

  • Laundry Workers
  • Kitchen Workers
  • Jail Cleaning / Painting
  • Car Wash
  • Library Upkeep

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Inmate Locator

Lake County OH Adult Detention Facility publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Ohio. 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

Lake County OH Adult Detention Facility -Visitation

MALE:

MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

SUNDAY: 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

FEMALE:

WEDNESDAY: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

SATURDAY: 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. 1:00 - 2:20 p.m. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

VISITING: Proper identification is required. No visitor under the age of eighteen (18) years of age is permitted. Inmates are permitted two (2) visits per week. Each visit is limited to fifteen (15) minutes.

The inmate may choose to combine their two (2) fifteen (15) minute periods into one half (1/2) hour visit. No visitors will be permitted into the facility later then fifteen (15) minutes prior to the end of visiting.

Visitors who travel one hundred (100) miles or more (one way) will normally be permitted an additional fifteen (15) minutes each. Note: These visits are not in addition to regularly scheduled visiting times. If the inmate already had two fifteen (15) minutes visits for the week, they are not entitled to any further visits.

If the inmate has used all of their visiting times and receives visitors from over 100 miles away they will not be permitted to visit unless approved by the shift supervisor. Such exceptions will be for extraordinary circumstances.

Visiting Attire

It is recommended that visitors dress conservatively and with the following guidelines in mind. Inappropriate attire will be reason to deny a visit. Any alteration to clothing once a visitor is inside the visiting area will be grounds for terminating the visit.

Prohibited Attire:

  • Clothing that exposes the breast/chest area, genital area, or buttocks
  • Clothing that exposes an undue amount of flesh (e.g. exposing chest, back, thighs, or midsection)
  • Dresses, skirts, pants, and shorts exposing more than two inches above the knee, including slits when standing
  • Sheer or transparent garments and sleeveless dresses
  • Strapless or "spaghetti" strap tops, Halter tops, underwear-type tee-shirts, tank tops, fish net shirts, or any type of shirts, or pants made with see-through fabric
  • Clothing exposing the midriff area
  • Clothing or accessories displaying obscene or offensive language or drawings
  • Clothing designed or intended to be tightly worn, to excessively accent the body (e.g. spandex, tights, leggings, tank tops, etc..)

Prohibited Items:

  • All tobacco and tobacco products
  • Chewing gum
  • Purses
  • Cameras, Pagers, Cell Phones
  • Writing materials or books, unless approved prior to entering the visiting room
  • Jackets, Coats, Hats, Gloves

NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND ARE PERMITTED IN THE DETENTION FACILITY

The facility reserves the right to refuse the entrance of any person, or terminate any visit when deemed necessary to enforce the rules and regulations of the facility.

VISITATION BY MINORS:

Visitation by minors (persons under age 18) will normally be permitted in this facility under the following conditions:

Once an inmate has been incarcerated in the Lake County Adult Detention Facility for a period of 60 consecutive days, the inmate will normally be permitted one 15 minute visit with each of his or her minor sons and/or daughters (this includes step-children, adoptive and biological) in a non-contact visiting area. The visit(s) will normally take place under the following conditions: Only one minor child is permitted in the visiting room at one time.

The child must be accompanied by an immediate family member who is over age 18.

All minor children who are left in the front lobby during the visit must be supervised by an adult (person over age 18)

Once the inmate has been granted a visit with his or her minor son(s) and/or daughter(s) after the initial 60 consecutive days, the inmate will normally be granted another visit with his or her minor son(s) and/or daughter(s) after 60 more consecutive days of incarceration has elapsed. The inmate will then normally be granted visits with his or her minor son(s) and/or daughter(s) every 60 consecutive days of incarceration in the Lake County Adult Detention Facility.

Visits with minor children will be conducted on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. until Noon.

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Facility Type

Lake County OH Adult Detention Facility 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 Lake 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.

Lake County OH Adult Detention Facility 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 Lake County OH Adult Detention Facility is located in Ohio and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 440-350-5601 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Lake 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 Lake County OH Adult Detention Facility 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 Ohio

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 Lake County OH Adult Detention Facility 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 Lake County OH Adult Detention Facility at 104 E Erie St, Painesville, OH

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

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