4/16/2012 5:59:00 AM Mohave County Jail installs pay kiosk
Mohave County Sheriff’s Office/Courtesy
A visitor uses the new kiosk pay machine at the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility.
Erin Taylor Miner Staff Reporter
KINGMAN - Friends and family members of inmates at the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility will now be able to add money to an inmates' account online, but the convenience comes at a cost.
The Mohave County Sheriff's Office recently partnered with Gray Hawk Payment Technologies to install a payment kiosk in the lobby of the jail. The machine will allow visitors to put money on an inmate's account using cash or a cashier's check. Inmates can then use the money to make purchases through the jail's commissary and post bail.
Chief Deputy Jim McCabe said the kiosk is a more effective way of managing payments made at the jail.
"In the past, the jail has been given bad checks, so we quit taking checks," he said. "Then we received forged money orders, so we quit taking those, too. Of course there was always a concern with taking cash. This kiosk eliminates all of those problems."
One of the biggest advantages for users is that they no longer have to physically be at the jail to put money into an inmates' account. They can now remotely deposit money 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone or online at www.touchpaydirect.com.
Users will be required to pay a fee of around $6.95 per transaction for the service.
Sheriff's Spokeswoman Trish Carter said that inmates would also be issued prepaid credit cards upon their release if there is a remaining balance in their account. Previously, inmates were issued checks, but were unable to cash them at a bank if they were released in the evening or on a weekend. The cards are good anywhere credit cards are accepted.
Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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What are you talking about? The article clearly states the kiosk is there to make things easier for the jail accepting the money and the families giving the money. The inmates will have little, and probably NO, contact with this machine at all. Did we read the same article here?
Posted: Monday, April 16, 2012
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ARE YOU SERIOUS???/
WOW IT IS NICE TO SEE THAT THE TECHNOLOGY HAS FINALLY REACHED OUR CRIMINALS!!!!!! NO ONE IN JAIL IS THERE FOR SINGING TO LOUD IN CHURCH!!!!!