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Property & Money

Prior to processing an inmate into County Jail, arresting officers are required to inventory the arrestee’s personal property (e.g., wallet, ID card, cell phone, car keys, any property deemed acceptable, etc.), including money. The arrestee's personal property is then secured in a heat-sealed bag and their cash, if applicable, is placed in an account. No bulk property (e.g., backpacks, sleeping bags, bicycles, etc.) will be accepted at any detention facility. Questions concerning the location of such property should be directed to the arresting agency.

Prior to being assigned to a housing unit, inmates are required to exchange their personal clothing for jail clothing. Their personal clothing is bagged and stored securely until they are released.

All inmates are given basic hygiene items free of charge when first entering Sheriff’s custody. Once a week, inmates with an account balance of less than two dollars will receive a package containing: two stamped envelopes, a pencil, a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and soap. Inmates with more than two dollars in their account may choose to purchase additional hygiene items as well as limited amounts of miscellaneous items from the Sheriff's Commissary.


When an individual is booked into County Jail, an account is opened to safeguard that person’s money as long as the inmate remains in custody. Inmates can use the money “on their books” to make purchases from the Sheriff’s Commissary. Although the Sheriff's Department provides for all basic nutrition and hygiene needs, permitting inmates to purchase items from the commissary provides a level of variety not otherwise available to them. Items available through the commissary include: food items, toiletries, writing materials, postage, and pre-paid telephone time.

In order to allow inmates continued access to the commissary during their incarceration, funds may be added to their accounts at any time. “TouchPay” kiosks have been installed in the public lobby of each detention facility to allow visitors to post money to an inmate’s account. Deposits to inmate accounts will only be accepted at the information windows from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Deposits may be also made anytime by visiting Certain checks such as a cashier’s check from a United States bank, money order issued by the U.S. Postal Service, Western Union, a credit union, bank, savings & loan, etc. may be used to make deposits to an inmate's account. Government instruments such as payroll and retirement checks can also be deposited to an inmate’s account, as well as checks issued by the State Prison System or a San Diego County Probation Department Honor Camp. Please note that personal checks and multiple party checks are not accepted. Deposits will not be accepted to an inmate’s account if it would cause the account balance to exceed $500.

All unused funds will be returned to the inmate at the time of release from custody.

Questions regarding inmate fund accounts, including funds owed may be directed to the Detentions Accounting Office at the facility from which you were released.

  • East Mesa Reentry Facility (619) 661-2729
  • George Bailey Detention Facility - (619) 661-2729
  • Las Colinas Detention & Reentry Facility - (619) 258-3186
  • South Bay Detention Facility - (619) 691-4822
  • San Diego Central Jail - (619) 615-2545
  • Vista Detention Facility - (760) 940-4677

Please allow seven working days after release to coordinate the disbursement of funds owed to you.