Prison Commissary Order Forms
When a loved one goes to prison families have many questions and they usually start or end with these three:
- What do prisons actually provide?
- What’s available in the prison commissary?
- Why is my loved one’s prison commissary account always out of money?
The answer to the first question is easy to answer from the family and inmate’s perspective: Not Much. This is understandable, but prison is not home and so many of the little comforts we on the outside just take for granted or feel is a god given right are not required for living and therefore not provided free.
Much can be written on what is a humane necessity and what is a luxury, but that’s not for the LEAF Ministry to debate. Instead our new webpage covers what’s on the commissary form and some insight into why it’s important to keep some funds (if possible) on account for your loved one. The new page also has links to two actual commissary order forms; one from Cuyahoga County and the second from a federal penitentiary. I could not obtain a State commissary form. If you have a State commissary form or a form from a different facility please send it to me for inclusion. In any case, check out our new prison “Commissary Order Form” page.
If you’re not sure how to fund the account or are being guilted into adding more money than your family can afford, then read “Funding an Inmates Commissary Account”.