Me: Hello, is this the County Jail
County Jail: Yes how can I help you?
Me: I’d like to know how to bail an inmate out
County Jail: Let me connect you to the right department….
Four wrong departments later
The Right Department?: Of course you can use a credit card
Me: How would I go about that?
County Jail: Let me connect you to the right department
ME: No! Please don’t!
The Right Department!: No, we don’t accept credit cards for bail
Me: How do you bail an inmate out?
The Right Department: Cash, in person. Or postal money order, in person.
Me: Ok, thank you.
Me at the county jail, in person, with questions not cash
County Jail: I think you could have used a credit card over the phone to put money in their commissary and they could have used it to bail themselves out
Me: !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think you may be right, but just in case your not…. let’s go over it again, for clarity.
I wasn’t actually trying to bail anyone out, I was trying to find out how I would if I had to. I can’t even begin to imagine how much worse it would have been if I was, if someone I cared about was locked up and I was emotionally involved.
I work for a company called R3. We offer communication, transportation, commissary and bail to our clients when and if they find themselves with legal issues. I was trying to figure out how individual jail systems operated and how their policies differed from one facility to the next. I found more differing opinions about policies than facts. However, I did get down to the bottom of it so that our clients can skip that step, they have enough on their plate as it is.