Did you know that SOME OF THE MONEY DEPOSITED INTO CERTAIN INMATE
ACCOUNTS WILL BE TAKEN TO PAY VICTIM RESTITUTION
When a defendant is convicted of a crime and a victim has suffered a loss, the Court may order the defendant to pay for the victim’s loss. This is known as restitution. The law allows the Sheriff to take money from every deposit that is made to an inmate who owes victim restitution if the inmate is serving a prison sentence in county jail. This means that if you deposit money to an inmate who is serving a prison sentence in county jail, the Sheriff will deduct 50% of the money you deposit, plus an additional 10% administrative fee. Example: if you deposit $100, $50 will be taken to pay the victim restitution, $5 to pay the administrative fee, and the remainder will go to the inmate’s trust account.
(Penal Code 1170(h), Penal Code 2085.5)