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Sheriff's Office partners with tech company to make inmate money deposits more reliable

Deposits can be made by phone, web, or kiosks

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department has partnered up with TouchPay, a Texas-based company, to make depositing funds into an inmate's account more reliable and convenient.

Until now, friends and family members who have loved ones in jail could only make deposits in person at the Santa Barbara County Jail during specific hours. With TouchPay, deposits can be made by phone, online or in person at several newly installed kiosks that will be accessible 24/7.

The kiosks are located at the Santa Barbara County Main Jail facility as well as the Santa Maria substation in the public lobby. The machines will accept debit or credit card deposits as well as cash deposits.

Anyone wishing to make a deposit to an inmate's account can call 866-232-1899. To make an online deposit go to http://touchpayonline.com. You must register online first or with TouchPay Customer Service for phone and web service.

Use Jail Facility Number 293160 to ensure funds are properly applied.

“This new service provides greater accessibility for friends and family members who have an incarcerated loved one to make deposits more conveniently, regardless of whether they can travel to the Main Jail at a specific time of day or not," said Custody Chief Vincent Wasilewski. "Anywhere in the world, any time of the day or night, they can send money to an inmate.

"The inmates get their deposits quicker and more reliably. Plus, it relieves our staff from the task of counting and depositing funds manually, which will reduce errors and make us more efficient. Truly a win-win-win situation,” added Wasilewski.

Funds will be available within 24 hours after deposit. There are applicable charges to all deposits, according to the Sheriff's Office, which also said they don't profit from these charges in any way.

Inmate accounts allow individuals to purchase commissary products, get telephone debit minutes, and have funds available at release from jail.


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