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A Kiosk is available in the Jail lobby to deposit funds.  Unfortunately it is unable to accept $1.00 bills or any coins.

You may also deposit funds online at:  https://www.govpaynow.com/gps/user/plc/5500

Use the "Click Here" link and  select "WA" as the state, a new drop down will appear and then select "KLS - Cowlitz County Corrections" as the facility, then enter the last name of the person whose account you want to add money.   


Inmates are allowed to use funds for various purposes while incarcerated. An inmate account is set up upon intake into jail. If the inmate has any funds on their person, it is collected, counted, and added to their account. For Washington State Auditing purposes, we do not purposefully leave cash in an inmate's personal property.

During an inmate's incarceration, an accounting is kept of any funds used for commissary, phones, medical fees, etc, to ensure that at the time of release, the inmate is able to receive the correct remaining balance of his or her funds.

Inmates may receive funds while incarcerated, and those funds will be added to the inmate account. *See below for debt repayment information

Funds via mail or in person are accepted in the following varieties:

Cashiers Check payable to the inmate
Money Order payable to the inmate
Tax Refund Check
SSI Check (Jail staff will check eligibility)
Unemployment Checks (Jail staff will check eligibility)
Checks from Jails or Prisons
Misc. Government Checks

Other than those stated above, the Jail will not accept any other check types.
Do not send cash via mail.

A Kiosk in the Jail lobby is available to the public during business hours (Mon-Fri 8am-4pm) to add funds to an inmate account with cash, Credit or Debit cards.

*Inmate Account Debts:

Funds sent to inmates in any form will be used firstly as debt repayment. Debt repayment from funds sent to inmates is deducted at different rates, depending on the type of debt incurred.

Currently, Inmate Account Debts to the Jail are not sent to collections agencies. However, they continue to carry over to subsequent incarcerations until the debt is paid.
Example: In 2013, an inmate accrues $50 in debt to the jail. The inmate is subsequently released, but was unable to pay the debt. In 2014, the inmate returns to jail for a new criminal charge. The inmate still owes $50 from 2013, in addition to any new fees he may accrue.

If an inmate owes funds to the Jail for medical administrative fees, or for medication, up to 50% of the funds received will be applied to that debt.
Example 1: Inmate owes $100 to jail for medical fees. $150 is sent to inmate. $75 of funds received is applied to medical debt, and $75 is placed onto the inmate account.

Example 2: Inmate owes $20 to jail for medical fees. $150 is sent to inmate. $20 is applied to medical debt, and $130 is placed onto the inmate account.

If an inmate owes funds to the Jail for indigent supplies and/or booking fees, 100% of funds received will be applied to that debt until the debt is paid in full.
Example 1: Inmate owes $200 to jail for past booking fees. $150 is sent to inmate. $150 of funds received is applied to past booking fees, and $0 is placed onto the inmate account. This Inmate is still $50 in debt, and they will not have access to any funds sent until they have a $0 balance against booking fees or indigent supplies.

Example 2: Inmate owes $50 to jail for booking fees and/or indigent supplies. $75 is sent to inmate. $50 of funds received is applied to booking fees and/or indigent supplies, and $25 is placed onto the inmate account.

It is typical for an inmate to have more than one type of debt.
Example: Inmate owes a total of $80. $50 is owed for booking fees and $30 for medical fees. If $80 is received via mail, $50 is applied to booking fees, and $15 is applied to medical fees. (100% booking fees & 50% medical)

** Cash that is mailed to the jail will be subject to a kiosk fee of $3.25 per instance, which is the same rate that is assessed if cash is entered in person.


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