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Texas Inmate Records
Texas inmate records provide identifying information about persons incarcerated in various detention facilities in Texas. Such facilities include prisons and jails operated by the state, counties, cities, and private entities. Details in inmate records maintained by these facilities include personal information like names, genders, age, birth dates, as well as administrative information like custody status, location, and identification number. Per the Texas Public Information Act, these details are open for public access through the various record custodians.
Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies and third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer a more leisurely search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:
- The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
- The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.
Facilities Operated by the Texas Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
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, felony punishment facilities, intermediate sanction facilities, and pre-release and transfer facilities directly operated by the TDCJ CID. Interested persons may check the prison lookup tool for the location and contact information of Texas prisons and county jails.
How to Send Money to Inmates in Texas Prisons
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
- TouchPay Payment Systems
- Western Union Convenience Pay
- Western Union Quick Collect
The TDCJ provides detailed instructions for sending money to inmates in Texas prisons. Still, 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 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
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 ten names.
Approved visitors must schedule their visits with prison/jail wardens at least a day before visiting and no more than seven days prior. Each inmate is allowed one visit per weekend. Each visit may comprise two adults. The number of children under 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;
- 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 photos, or other official ID forms.
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 Perform a Texas Prison Inmate Search
The TDCJ maintains the records of inmates incarcerated in the facilities operated by the CID and private contractors. To perform a Texas prison inmate search, use the inmate search tool for a free inmate search by name, TDCJ number, or state identification (SID) number. Searchers can also narrow down the searches with gender or race.
Besides the online locator tool, the TDCJ allows interested persons to carry out inmate lookup by phone. To obtain this information, call the general information line at (936) 295-6371 or (800) 535-0283. Meanwhile, to inquire about an offender's status, 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. Persons calling for inmates' information must provide the inmates' TDCJ or SID number or birth dates.
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 (crime, county, and court of conviction)
- Projected release date
How to Perform a Texas Jail Inmate Search
To find a person in jail in any Texas county or city, start by visiting the county or city website. 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, web pages 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. Finally, call or visit the jail to carry out an inmate search in Texas.
The Difference between Texas State Prisons and County Jail
As of 2019, there were a total of 269 state prisons and county jails in Texas. The majority of these facilities are operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), with the remaining being operated by various county sheriff's departments.
The TDCJ is the largest prison system in the United States, housing over 157,000 inmates across 109 facilities as of 2019. The average daily population of TDCJ facilities has been steadily increasing in recent years, reaching a record high of over 166,000 in 2018.
The vast majority of TDCJ inmates are housed in general population units, which are typically large facilities with several thousand inmates. Specialized units include those for medical and mental health care, geriatric care, and inmates with disabilities.
County jails in Texas are typically much smaller than state prisons, with an average daily population of just over 12,000 as of 2016. These facilities are typically operated by the sheriff's department of the county in which they are located.
How Do I Find Out an Inmate Release Date?
Individuals who want to know an inmate's proposed release date may query the offender information search tool on the TDCJ website. This search tool provides comprehensive inmate records, including the inmate's crimes, incarceration history, and projected release date.
- Arrests & Warrants
- Criminal Records
- Driving Violations
- Inmate Records
- Felonies & Misdemeanors
- Tax & Property Liens
- Civil Judgements
- Marriages & Divorces
- Death Records
- Birth Records
- Property Records
- Asset Records
- Business Ownership
- Professional Licenses
- Unclaimed State Funds
- Relatives & Associates
- Address Registrations
- Affiliated Phone Numbers
- Affiliated Email Addresses
Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.
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