If you want to deposit money for a detainee in the ICE unit at the McHenry County Jail or for an inmate in the general jail population, here are the new rules for how you do it. Check out the exorbitant cost to do so!
According to a memorandum dated October 26, 2009, on stationery of Keith Nygren, Sheriff, McHenry County Sheriff's Office, Chief of Corrections Daniel Sedlock says this is how you must do it now.
"There are currently three (3) options available to place funds on an inmate/detainee's commissary account:
"1. Use the KIOSK in the front lobby (there is a minimum $5.00 fee for each transaction).
"2. Use the internet at http://www.mycarepack.com/ (there is a minimum $5.00 fee for each transaction).
"3. Mail in via the USPS, individually to each inmate/detainee a money order payable to the McHenry County Jail. Each money order must have the inmate/detainee's name and jail ID number written in the memo area and the sender must be clearly identified in the event the individual is no longer in custody and the money order must be returned."
The reasons for this procedure, according to Sedlock?
-an ever increasing population (of inmates)
-a growing number of organizations requesting to place funds on a detainee's account
-administrative burden on staff
-accreditation standards and regulations for strict accounting for funds
If anything, requiring separate money orders increases the bookkeeping burden on staff.
Let's say a visitor arrives at the Jail and wishes to deposit $10.00 into an inmate's account. S/he will be directed to the kiosk, where $5.00 will be sucked right off the top, leaving only $5.00 for the inmate. Why is such an exorbitant fee charged?
Who got the contract for that huge money-maker?
This procedure raises the question in my mind of the dollar amount of commissions (kickback) to the sheriff's department from the jail lobby "KIOSK" and from the internet payment link. How much does the sheriff's department receive from each $5.00 service charge?
And how much is the commission (kickback) to the sheriff's department from the items sold in the commissary? What vendor has the commissary contract and how does it reward the sheriff's department for its business (purchases by inmates/detainees), if at all?
Is any commission paid to the sheriff's department on commissary purchases? How is it calculated? When an inmate buys a candy bar (how are they priced) or shampoo of any other item, are they fairly priced? And what about sales tax? Is that paid?
Isn't $85.00/day per detainee enough to feed the wheels of justice in the McHenry County Jail?
And let's not forget the "service charge" to bond someone out.
The Jail is a true profit center for McHenry County government. It doesn't just break even. It apparently generates a large profit.