Texas Inmate and Roster Search
Information on current inmates in Texas can be obtained by searching for specific inmates through a database. You have the option to search by the inmate’s Special Person Number or SSN, last name only or last name and first name, or last name and date of birth. Some jails may offer Inmate Information phone numbers to find information about an inmate.
The searchable databases are typically located within a sheriff’s office website or a city police website. Inmate information that can be viewed includes date of birth, SPN, specific jail, booking date and charges, bond amount, case number, any fines and fees, and upcoming court dates.
Inmate Record Check
Arrests, Warrant, Mugshot & More
Most local Texas jails are under the control of the county or city in which they’re located. County sheriff offices are often in charge of county jails. The state is in charge of actual prisons in Texas. Texas is a death penalty state, and the state utilizes both public and private prisons. An estimated 150,000 people are incarcerated in Texas.
Texas Visitation Guidelines and Hours
Inmates are usually allowed 1-2 visits per week. Some jails allow onsite visits where the inmate and visitor can physically see each other, while others only offer video visitation. Most jails have the option of remote visitation, meaning that you don’t have to travel to the jail. Onsite visits are typically free, while remote visitation may have a fee.
Visits are usually limited to 1-2 people and may last 20-30 minutes. Visits often must be scheduled in advance. For onsite visits, the visitor must around 15-30 minutes in advance and have a government ID.
Onsite visits are usually restricted to certain days and hours, but typically include at least one weekend day. Remote visits offer more flexibility, with extended hours.
There are many visitation rules.
- Visitors must leave all belongings in storage lockers in the lobby.
No food or drinks.
No weapons are allowed.
Visitors may not leave packages, mail, or photos for inmates.
No see-through or revealing clothing.
Sleeves can’t be shorter than halfway down the upper arm.
Dresses, skirts, and shorts must be longer than mid-thigh.
No clothing that has offensive language, gang affiliations, or drawings.
Texas Direct Inmate Communication
Inmates in Texas jails typically do not have the ability to receive phone calls, but they can make calls. Those calls are either made collect or through an prepaid program offered by a phone service provider.
Once the account is established, the inmate can dial the phone number. When a prepaid account is verified, the call will go through, and the receiving person can accept the phone call.
Some of the phone service providers used in Texas jails include Securus, IC Solutions, Advance Connect, and NCIC. Video calls may be allowed if remote online visitation is allowed.Some calls made from the jail may be blocked, and all calls may be monitored and/or recorded.
Harris County, Texas Inmate Mail
All mail to inmates must include a complete return address and the sender’s name, the inmate’s full name and SPN, and the inmate’s jail name and housing location. If any of that information is missing, the mail will be returned to sender or back to the post office.
All mail is inspected. Mail with perfume, lipstick, or other substances will be returned to sender. Newspapers must be mailed directly from the publisher. Only newspapers and letter correspondence are allowed. Photographs may be allowed if they are not offensive or sexual.
The following are considered contraband and will be disposed of:
Envelopes and greeting cards
Pens and pencils
Cash or money orders
Harris County, Texas Sending Money to Inmates
The Inmate Trust Fund is a bank for inmates at Texas jails. Funds can be deposited and then used by the inmate for commissary purchases. Funds can be sent through an app, online deposits, kiosk locations, over the phone, and at certain retailers. Access Corrections is a common provider used for money deposits.
Money orders and online deposits are the preferred methods to send money to inmates. Cash may be allowed at a jail kiosk. Some jails have a monetary limit of $100 at a time.
Harris County, Texas Inmate Records, Bookings, and Mugshots
Information about active warrants can often be found at county sheriff’s offices’ websites.
Civil court records include civil cases, probate court records, marriage licenses, and real property deeds and transactions. These usually can be viewed online or requested through the County Clerk’s Office.
District court records include civil, family court, and criminal court records. The District Clerk of each county is the keeper of these records.
Justice of the Peace records include traffic court records, bad check cases, criminal court records, small claims cases, evictions, wedding records, and dockets.
Other records can be obtained through the county sheriff’s office.
The booking process takes place after a person is arrested. The person is then taken to a police station or jail, where they are searched, and information is recorded. The person is fingerprinted and turns over any personal possessions to be held until they are released. A health history will be taken, and a check for any active warrants on the person will be conducted. The entire process can take anywhere from 1-2 hours to possibly a day.
In 2010, there were more than 1 million crimes reported in Texas, and the overall crime rate in Texas was 4,215.2 per 100,000 people. The murder rate was 4.9 per 100,000 people, and the forcible rape crime rate was 30.2 per 100,000 people. The robbery crime rate was 130.1 per 100,000 people, with an aggravated assault crime rate of 283.2 per 100,000 people. The property crime rate was 3,766.8 per 100,000 people.