There is a new addition to the Washington Parish Jail lobby in Franklinton. An inmate kiosk has been placed in the lobby for the convenience of family members and friends of inmates who want to place money on an inmate’s account.
The person wishing to place money on an inmate’s account may use cash, a credit card or a debit card to make the deposit. An instant receipt is provided and the deposited funds are immediately credited to the inmate’s account. There is no cost to make a cash deposit and a credit card or debit card deposit will cost the depositor a small fee. This fee is offset by the depositor not having to purchase a money order.
The touch screen kiosk is simple to operate. One touch opens a menu which guides the user through each step of the process. Any fees associated with a deposit are explained during the step by step touch screen instructions.
Customarily, all inmate account deposits have been made by money order. The new kiosk system will replace the money order system, thus eliminating the problem of occasional counterfeit money orders. After October 1, no money orders will be accepted for inmate accounts.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the new kiosk. “This is another example of new technology designed to make our jail more efficient. It is always a challenge to keep contraband out of the jail and the secure commissary ordering system enables inmates to get needed items without family members or friends having to bring it to them. The kiosk is user friendly and will make it much easier for money to be placed on an inmate’s account.”
Family members and friends who do not live in the area can make deposits over the internet. By logging onto www.commissarydeposit.com, any person in any part of the world can make a deposit to an inmate’s account.
The inmate’s account is controlled by the jail staff and that money may then be used by the inmate to purchase commissary items, including snacks, toiletries and underwear. Items may be ordered weekly and the amount of the order is deducted from the inmate’s account. All orders are placed with a corrections commissary company in Lafayette which then makes weekly secured deliveries to the jail.
Jail policy allows family members or friends to bring items to an inmate only during the first five days of incarceration. After that time, all items must be purchased through the inmate commissary. This policy helps to combat the age old problem of contraband being brought to the jail and concealed inside clothing, shoes or other articles. Commissary prices are competitive, include delivery to the inmate, and eliminate the expense for family members or friends having to travel to a store, purchase items and then travel to the jail to deliver the items.