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Orange County Jail Commissary: A Complete Guide for Inmates & Loved Ones

Looking for information about the Orange County Jail commissary? You’ve come to the right place. This guide provides everything you need to know about sending money, placing orders, and the wide variety of items available.

What is the Orange County Jail Commissary?

The Orange County Jail commissary acts like a convenience store for inmates. It offers a selection of comfort items not provided by the jail itself, including:

  • Snacks and drinks: Beat hunger pangs between meals with candy, nuts, chips, and beverages.
  • Hygiene products: Take care of basic needs with deodorant, soap, shampoo, and other toiletries.
  • Stationery: Write letters and stay connected with loved ones using pens, paper, and greeting cards.
  • Playing cards and games: Enjoy some leisure time with a deck of cards or other small games.

How Can Inmates Access the Commissary?

Inmates can purchase items from the commissary using funds deposited into their personal accounts. Here’s how loved ones can add money:

  • Cash deposits: Made in person at any Orange County Jail cashier’s office (up to $500, appears immediately).
  • Checks: Cashier’s checks, government checks, and money orders must be mailed to the cashier’s office (up to $500, processing time applies).

Placing Commissary Orders

Inmates can place commissary orders according to their facility schedule:

  • Central Men’s Jail, Intake/Release Center, James Musick Facility (The Farm): Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
  • Central Women’s Jail, Theo Lacy Facility: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Orders are typically processed and delivered the following day. There’s no commissary activity on Sundays, so weekend orders are delivered on Mondays.

Key Tip for Making Deposits:

Deposits must be made before 4:00 am on the inmate’s commissary processing day to ensure their order goes through. For example, if an inmate orders on Friday, the deposit needs to be made by Saturday morning at 4:00 am. If you need help finding an inmate’s information, you can visit the inmate search page.

What Can Inmates Buy at the Commissary?

The commissary offers over 140 different items, with new options added regularly. Here are some popular categories:

  • Personal care (hygiene for hand and body): Shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothpaste
  • Hair care
  • Snacks, nuts, and chips
  • Beverages
  • Candy
  • Food items
  • Stationery supplies: Pens, pencils, paper, envelopes, greeting cards
  • Playing cards and games: Decks of cards, puzzles, word searches

Inmates with a balance of less than $3.60 can order Welfare Packs, which consist of essential hygiene and stationery items.

Additional Resources:

Disclaimer: The information provided is intended to be accurate but may change. Please refer to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website or contact the Cashier’s Office for the most current information. Intake and Release Center: (714) 647-6085 Theo Lacy Jail Facility: (714) 935-6905 

Orange County Jail Commissary FAQs:

Q: How to deposit money in Orange County Jail commissary?

  • A: Cash deposits (up to $500) are accepted at any Orange County Jail cashier’s office. For mail-in options (checks, money orders, up to $500) please refer to the Sheriff’s Department website for details.

Q: What can inmates buy at Orange County Jail commissary?

  • A: The commissary offers a variety of snacks, drinks, hygiene products, stationery, and games. However, there are restrictions on certain items. Visit the Sheriff’s Department website for a full list of prohibited items.

Q: How often can inmates order from Orange County Jail commissary?

  • A: Ordering schedules vary by facility. Find the specific schedule for each facility or contact the Cashier’s Office for details:
    • Intake and Release Center: (714) 647-6085
    • Theo Lacy Jail Facility: (714) 935-6905

Q: Can someone send a package directly to an inmate?

  • A: No, inmates cannot receive care packages from outside sources. Please refer to the Sheriffs Department’s Inmate Mail page for more information.

Q: Is there a deadline for commissary deposits?

  • A: Yes, deposits must be made by 4:00 am on the inmate’s commissary day to ensure their order goes through. Refer to the main content for details on facility-specific commissary days