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Inmate Accounts

    Phone Number:  610-208-4800 x 4011, 4017

   Business Hours:  Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Inmate Banker Kiosks Notice

Effective Wednesday April 8, 2009 you may make cash or credit card deposits to an inmate’s account through inmate banker kiosks located in the Berks County Jail lobby.

You may also place a deposit to their account from your home computer by accessing

Beginning May 1, 2009 money order drop offs will no longer be accepted at the Berks County Jail. The money order drop box in the lobby will be eliminated.

We will continue to accept Western Union transactions. And we will accept government checks, payroll checks and money orders that are mailed directly to the inmate accounts department. You are not allowed to include any personal letters, notes or photos; should you do so, they will be destroyed.

The advantages of the new processing system are:

   - Convenience of making a deposit to the inmate’s account without having to leave home.

   - Receipts are provided for each transaction.

   - The inmate will have access to his/her money quicker than if they had to wait for a Western Union deposit or to receive funds through the mail.

   - The lobby kiosk will accept cash or credit cards. You no longer have to purchase money orders for the inmate.

You will need to know the correct spelling of the inmate’s name and date of birth in order to search his/her current booking number on the kiosk; this may not be the same as their inmate number.

The maximum you are allowed to deposit in one transaction is $300.00.

You will have the option of the funds being deposited onto one of two accounts:  

   - The inmate’s Commissary Account, so they can make phone calls, order commissary, purchase a hair cut, etc.

   - The inmate’s Inmate Telephone Account; which will only allow them to make collect phone calls. In order to make a deposit to an Inmate Telephone account, this account must have already been set up with the company providing inmate telephone services.

The fees for deposits are listed below:

Cash Transactions

$5.00 - $300.00


Credit Card Transactions

$0.00 - $50.00


Credit Card Transactions

$50.01 - $100.00


Credit Card Transactions

$100.01 - $200.00


Credit Card Transactions

$200.01 - $300.00


Step by step instructions are provided by the touch screens on the kiosks.