Business and Finance Division
Commissary and Trust Fund Department
Inmate Trust Fund
The Inmate Trust Fund, authorized by § 501.014, Texas Government Code, provides a place of safekeeping for funds an offender may have access to but not physical control of during their confinement.
Several Trust Fund deposit options are now available and include:
- Money Orders or Cashier's Checks
- Monthly Checking Account Debit (ACH)
- ACE – America's Cash Express
- eCommDirect provided by Texas.gov
- TouchPay Payment System
- Western Union Convenience Pay
- Western Union Quick Collect
Click Here to view and print instructions for making deposits through the options listed above.
Cash and personal checks are not accepted and will be returned to the sender. Single transaction deposits of $500.00 or more and/or insurance, company, payroll, or estate checks, and other like disbursements are held 14 days before offender access is authorized. Forwarding cash through the mail is not recommended.
Do not send trust fund deposits to offender's facility of assignment and do not send offender's personal mail or other items to the Inmate Trust Fund.
The Inmate Trust Fund can respond to inquiries concerning the receipts of a deposit, but cannot release information regarding the offender's account or balance to anyone except the offender. Offenders receive monthly statements listing all trust fund account transactions for that period. The Inmate Trust Fund does not pay interest; therefore, the account should hold no more than what is required to meet the offender's immediate needs. Offenders with funds in excess of their immediate needs are encouraged to open an account with and transfer excess funds to a banking facility of their choice. Offenders may use funds in their trust fund accounts to make purchases from the facility commissary, or through approved vendors. They may also send funds to family or friends. An offender's Trust Fund balance is refunded upon release.