A funded commissary account is a little pleasure that lifts the spirit and brings some happiness to an inmate. For anyone with a friend or family member on the “inside” the conversation probably doesn’t go long before they ask you to put money on their commissary account.
For families financially stretched by the incarceration of the breadwinner or second income source, this may not be possible. However for those with the means, funding the commissary account is probably one of the single largest acts of charity one can do. It’s second only to a personal visit and advocating on their behalf.
But what items are on the commissary list and why can’t they stretch their money further? This is a good question. Attached are commissary forms representative of county, state and federal facilities. First, this is a snap-shot in time. Item availability and pricing does change periodically and with location.
Before looking at the form take a moment and think about the little convenience items in your home that are used without a second thought!
- Did you use a pen and paper to jot a note or put a stamp on a letter?
- Wash your hands? Put lotion on them because they were dry?
- Did your contact lens bother you? Need solution?
- Is lunch making you reach for the antacids? How about that piece of food stuck between your teeth. Did you grab the floss to get it out?
- Do you have enough clean socks, under wear, bath soap and shampoo?
- Did you get the munchies? Did you sneak a snack?
- How about those Snickers, Jolly Rancher or Skittles you picked at to satisfy a sweet tooth?
- Did you drink lemonade, Kool Aid or something besides water to quench your thirst?
Now imagine you’re in prison. One of these every day needs/wants arise, what do you do? Now open one of the commissary forms below. Find what you need and assuming you have money on account, you wait to order then wait up to a week for delivery day.
What’s on the commissary form? The basic necessities and the little pleasures that make life more bearable while incarcerated.
Typical Commissary Forms
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