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Texas Inmate Records

Texas inmate records provide identifying information about persons incarcerated in various detention facilities across the state. Such facilities include prisons and jails operated by the state, counties, cities, and private entities. Details contained in inmate records maintained by these facilities include personal information like names, genders, and ages/dates of birth as well as administrative information like inmates’ custody statuses, locations, and registration numbers. Correctional facility operators may make all or some of these records available to the public.

Structure of Texas Prison System

The Correctional Institution Division (CID) of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) oversees the operations of more than 106 correctional institutions. These include state prisons and jails, medical facilities holding inmates classified as criminally insane, substance abuse felony punishment facilities, intermediate sanction facilities, and pre-release and transfer facilities directly operated by the TDCJ CID. The TDCJ also contracts private entities to operate a few private prisons, jails, transfer facilities, and multi-use facilities.

There are two private prison and jail operators contracted by the TDCJ. These are Management and Training Corporation (MTC) and LaSalle Corrections.

The TDCJ provides a complete list of these facilities on its website. Check the Texas State Prison Directory for currently operational private and state-run correctional facilities in the state as well as their locations and classifications. Besides these, there are also a number of city and county jails in Texas.

How Do I Send Money to an Inmate in Texas?

The TDCJ provides each inmate in the correctional facilities it oversees with a trust fund account. Friends and family members can deposit money into this account. The TDCJ offers these eight options for funding inmate accounts:

  • Money order or cashier's check
  • Monthly checking account debit (ACH)
  • ACE (America’s Cash Express)
  • eCommDirect Store
  • JPay
  • TouchPay Payment Systems
  • Western Union Convenience Pay
  • Western Union Quick Collect

It does not accept cash and personal checks for funding inmates’ accounts, and it does not allow the public to directly deposit money at various prisons and jails. The TDCJ provides detailed instructions for sending money via the options listed above.

County and city jails in Texas have different rules and arrangements for sending money to inmates. Details of funding inmates’ commissary accounts are usually provided on the jail sections of county and city websites. Where this information is unavailable online, contact the county/city jail by phone.

Texas county and city jails may provide one or more of the following options for funding inmates’ accounts:

  • In-person deposit at a kiosk in the jail lobby and/or at retail locations around the city/county
  • Phone deposits by credit/debit cards
  • Online deposits by credit/debit cards

In most cases, payment processors or electronic funds transfer vendors like Access Corrections handle fund deposits on behalf of county and city jails.

How to Visit Inmates in Texas Prisons and Jails

The TDCJ has a set of rules for visiting inmates held in state and private prisons and jails in Texas. It only allows inmate visits at these facilities between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Visitations are also allowed on certain holidays that occur on Mondays and Fridays. Each inmate has an approved Visitors List with no more than 10 names.

Approved visitors must schedule their visits with prison/jail wardens at least a day before visit and no more than 7 days prior. Each inmate is allowed one visit per weekend. Each visit may comprise two adults. The number of children under the age of 18 allowed during a visit depends on available space in the visitation area. The warden may also exercise discretion in allowing more than two adults.

Visiting adults must bring valid government-issued photo IDs. Acceptable identifications include:

  • valid state driver’s license;
  • valid state Department of Public Safety (DPS) ID card;
  • valid Armed Forces ID card;
  • passport;
  • ID card issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), such as, Visa Border Crossing ID Card (USA B1/B2 Visa BCC)

Prison officials may require additional identity verification and ask for visitors’ birth certificates, credit cards with photo, or some other forms of official ID.

Prospective visitors must get approval from prison wardens when arranging visits requiring special accommodations. Such visits include those:

  • Involving more than two adults
  • Involving the elderly and special needs individuals requiring additional oversight
  • Taking more than two hours

Visitation times and rules for Texas county and city jails vary from municipality to municipality. When planning a visit to one of such facilities, make sure to check the jail, sheriff’s office, or police department section of the county/city website for information about visitations.

How to Locate Inmates in Texas State Prisons

The TDCJ maintains the records of inmates incarcerated in the facilities operated by the CID and private contractors. To find these inmates, use the Offender Information Search tool provided on the TDCJ website. This tool allows anyone to search the TDCJ’s inmate database by name, TDCJ number, or state identification (SID) number. They can also narrow their searches by picking a gender and/or race.

In addition to the online locator tool, the TDCJ can also provide inmate location by phone. To obtain this information, call its General Information line at (936) 295-6371 or (800) 535-0283. To enquire about the status of an offender, call (844) 512-0461 if the Board of Pardons and Paroles has not voted on the inmate’s status and (512) 406-5202 after the vote. Enquirers must provide inmates’ TDCJ or SID number or their dates of birth.

Texas law also allows the TDCJ to release inmate location and offender status by email. Other inmate records available by email include:

  • TDCJ number
  • Offense of conviction
  • Incarceration history
  • Current incarceration (offense, county, and court of conviction)
  • Projected release date

To obtain these inmate records, send a request to classify@tdcj.texas.gov and provide the inmate’s full name and TDCJ number. If the TDCJ number is unknown, provide a date of birth or the approximate age of the offender and county of conviction. Make sure to put the offender’s full name in the subject line of the email.

How to Find Inmates in Texas County and City Jails

To locate inmates held in a county, city, or municipal jail in Texas, start by visiting the county/city/municipal website. Where available, city jails are usually operated by city police departments while sheriff’s offices run county jails. Usually, these facilities only hold pretrial individuals and those serving short sentences usually resulting from misdemeanor offenses.

Visit the sheriff’s office section of a county website or the police department section of a city website to find information about the jail in the municipality. Typically, such webpages host inmate locator tools for finding individuals remanded in local jails. Alternatively, search the city/county website for the contact information of the local jail or the law enforcement agency overseeing the detention center. Such information will include the physical address of the county/city jail and its contact phone number. Call or visit the jail to enquire about inmate records.

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