Inmate Account Deposits


How Inmate Accounts Work

An inmate may use money in his or her account to purchase hygiene items, writing supplies, snacks from the commissary, bail, and to pay for fees.


Commissary items are available to be ordered daily.  Orders for the week must be completed by 7:00 a.m. Wednesday for Friday delivery.  You should deposit money by Monday evening if you want to have it available for the inmate to use in that week's commissary order.  Other people may deposit money into an inmate's account as well.  Family and friends can make a deposit online, or we accept cash, cashier checks, and money orders as outlined below.


Deposits made online through Access Corrections have maximum transaction limit of $300 cash per day and $300 on a credit card per week.


NOTE:  Once posted, money deposited into an inmate's account becomes their property.  Inmates are not obligated to use the money to bail themselves out of jail.  Additionally, if an inmate has a negative balance on their account due to debts owed to the county, up to 40 percent of the money deposited will be used to pay those debts.  Upon being released from custody, inmates receive the balance of any remaining funds in their account.


Money Limits

We will deposit cashier checks and money orders only from a merchant, a U.S. Postal Service money order, or a cashier check from a bank.  The limit is $100 per sender, per day.  A person may only deposit one of each type of money order and one cashier's check per day for an inmate, either by mail or in person.


You may deposit cash to an inmate account in any amount in person.  An ATM machine is available near the transaction service counter for your convenience.  Please note, your financial institution may set a daily withdrawal limit. 


We do not accept payroll, personal, business, or two-party checks.  We also do not accept government checks for an inmate on a walk-in basis; however, you may mail a government check to an inmate for deposit.


Make a check or money order payable to the inmate.  Write the inmate's booking number on the check or money order if possible.


Deposits made online through Access Corrections have maximum transaction limit of $300 cash per day and $300 on a credit card per week.


Depositing Money for An Inmate in Person

Citizens may deposit money in person into an inmate account at the Sheriff's Criminal Records Office in Hillsboro. 

  • During business hours, please go to the Criminal Records Office inside the main lobby of the Sheriffs Office during the normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for holidays.

  • After normal business hours or on weekends or holidays, go to the transaction service counter, which is just inside the main entry of the Sheriff's Office in Hillsboro.

  • You must present official picture identification, such as a driver's license or passport, when depositing money to an inmate account in person.


Sending Money by Mail

Make cashier checks or money orders payable to the inmate.  Write the inmate's booking number on the check or money order if possible.  Obey the limits on cashier checks and money order outlined above.


You can include government checks for credit to an inmate's account.  Mail them to the inmate's name or just the jail:


[Inmate's Name]

Washington County Jail

215 SW Adams Ave MS-35

Hillsboro, OR 97123


You may send cash, but we do not recommend it.  We will not accept payroll, personal, business, or two-party checks.


Inmates May Release Funds to Others

An inmate can release funds in his or her account to another party, but must maintain a minimum balance of $20 in the account.  Only one money release is allowed per booking. Contact the inmate if you wish to have the inmate release money for any reason.


All money releases are in the form of a check and are normally mailed to the payee.  Jail staff will not accept any walk-in requests from a person to have an inmate release money unless it is a validated urgent situation.  The requester can expect a substantial waiting period while an approved walk-in money release is being processed.


Telephone Activity Reports 

The Oregon legislature enacted SB 498 in 2019 due to concerns about the costs and call quality of telephone calls made by adults in custody at Oregon correctional facilities. The legislature capped the fees that can be charged for these calls, and also required that each facility post a quarterly report. Facilities are required to report about the fees charged to adults in custody for phone calls, how much the facility earned from those calls, and how many complaints were made about call quality. See reports here.