If you find yourself being held in Houston County Jail, they will seek to extract as much money as possible from you and your family. Take a look at the receipt to the right, $3.70 for 2 tins of Cola, $2.50 for 2 small packs of toilet tissue or $5.25 for deodorant. Think thats expensive? Then take a look here at what they charge per phone call through Global Tel*Link.
The commissary/canteen service is provided by Trinity Service Group Inc.
A quick look at on their website reveals the following statement:
Trinity provides commissary services to more than 100,000 correctional inmates across the United States through our Secured Delivery System (SDS).
Our local management team will work with you to develop a commissary program that meets your specific facility and population needs. When you work with Trinity, you’ll enjoy the benefits of an exclusive delivery system that reflects our unwavering commitment to providing profitable, secure, efficient, reliable programs and the most competitive commission rate to your inmate welfare fund.
We understand that a commissary program is much more than snacks and personal items, it should serve as a profit center that funds other programs and initiatives. Our superior purchasing power supported by our parent company’s worldwide network and resources enables us to provide brand-name merchandise at lower prices. This translates into more variety for inmates, and higher participation.
Trinity leverages proven processes and advanced technology, including proprietary SDS software, to automate order entry and processing. Our inmate accounting system streamlines check writing, payroll, deposits, co-payments, and property management. SDS software also enables corrections personnel to restrict items based on an inmate’s classification or housing, and offers the latest in scanning and vending point-of-sale technology. These processes, procedures and technology ensure the accurate and efficient management of the day-to-day operations of your commissary.
We would be interested to know just how much “Profit” Houston County Jail and Trinity have creamed off of the backs of inmates and their families and what programs and initiatives this money has contributed to.
Please note: When adding money to an inmates commissary account, you will have to pay through GovPayNet, despite the rather misleading name, they are not a government agency, they are a private company and they will charge you $5.25 every time you add funds to your relatives account.