The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is seeking a firm with a unique set of skills to take on a job inside the county’s two jails – run the commissary where inmates purchase things like candy and other snacks, toiletries and other personal items.

If you win the contract, you won’t get paid in cigarettes or jail-made moonshine; instead, the county will pay you real money for the service.

The Guilford County Purchasing Department is soliciting proposals from qualified firms wishing to provide “a fully operational, flexible, secure and reliable inmate commissary system” for the  Guilford County jail in downtown Greensboro – known as “Jail Central” – and the High Point Detention Center on East Greene Drive in downtown High Point.

According to the request for bids, sent out on Tuesday, Dec. 5, the bid winner must offer a full range of services for the Sheriff’s Department – such as inmate accounting software that handles the financial transactions, computer hardware and support for the system.

If you’re interested in the job, a non-mandatory pre-proposal ZoomGov meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m.

Also, a non-mandatory site walkthrough will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. at the Greensboro jail and at 11 a.m. at the High Point jail.  After the walkthroughs, you will be allowed to leave, however, your potential future customers will not.

Don’t worry about security. The walkthrough will be conducted by the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department.

During the bidding period, questions will be taken until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19. All questions pertaining to the Request for Proposals must be emailed to the Guilford County Purchasing Department at

All bidding documents, drawing and specifications are available for viewing on Guilford County’s Vendor Self-Service webpage.

As always with Guilford County government, “Participation of minority-owned and women-owned businesses is encouraged” and “Guilford County reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive informalities.”