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Denton County Main Jail Inmate Search

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Texas Denton 1400
PHYSICAL ADDRESS
127 N. Woodrow Lane
Denton, TX 76205-6397
FAX
940-349-1604
FAX NUMBERS
District Attorney: 940-349-2601
Adult Probation: 940-349-3301
Juvenile Probation: 940-349-2401
Juvenile Court: 940-349-2421

The Denton County Jail has a total of 1400 beds. It consists of three jails: a linear-style jail (regular jail cells), a direct supervision pod jail (minimum security) and a pre-trial facility.

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Fun Ideas for Inmate Mail

Writing to your inmate is an invaluable way to communicate. You'll have your share of serious life issues letters, but here are some fun ways to entertain each other through letters. These can be done on postcards, too. Top 5 + 5 = 10 Each of you make a list of your favorite five things […]

Deciding How Much Money to Put on the Books

What does the inmate need? Contact the jail and ask what basics are supplied. Most jails give the inmates toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap and toilet paper. Ask them what happens if the inmate runs out of something. is it replaced right away or do they have to wait a week or longer for new supplies […]

Cost Effective Ways to Visit an Inmate

The expenses of traveling to visit your inmate can add up quickly. These cost saving measures will make it less painful for your budget. Traveling by car Gas up early Gas up on a weekday. Many gas stations raise the price of a gallon shortly before the weekend. Filling up the tank on a weekday, […]

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This is content sponsored by Netflix (producers of Orange Is The New Black) for the New York Times. There are some interesting facts and a few videos worth watching if you are concerned with the incarceration of women and the related issues.   Women serving time in American prisons

What is an Inmate Money or Commissary Account?

Most jails and prisons in America allow friends and family members of inmates to make deposits to inmate money accounts. They are set up to give the inmate access to various services including commissary purchases and phone use. Some facilities deduct nominal amounts from these accounts for inmate health visits and other jail fees. Commissary […]

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Most facilities contract with a third-party company so you can fund prepaid calls, but if those calls are long distance, it can become cost-prohibitive. Luckily there is a way to pay local call rates for long-distance calls on a prepaid service. First, Do Some Very Basic Research Find out the area code for the jail […]

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Children typically desire contact with their parents, even if a parent is incarcerated, so learn the ropes to keep the connection going: Keep it Simple Depending on the age of the child, you can explain without going into too much detail, why the parent is in jail. Preschool to elementary kids – Let them know […]

How Does a Bail Bond Process Work?

Many states allow defendants to be released from jail to wait for court by paying a percentage of the total bond amount. Percentages range from 10 to 20 percent depending on state law. Understand how the process works to help someone who's been arrested. What is a Bond? A bond is an amount of money […]

Can I Visit an Inmate if I am on Probation or Parole?

A friend or family member has been arrested and this has created chaos and stress. Before you race off to visit him or her in jail, if you are on probation or parole you need to take the following steps. Find out the Rules Some jails will not allow anyone on probation or parole to […]

What Does a 15 Years to Life Sentence Mean?

A sentence of 15 years to life, 25 years to life or similar sounding words all mean the same thing. The only difference is the time frame. What the Number Means The number in the sentence indicates the minimum number of years the inmate must serve before he or she can be considered for parole. […]

Consequences of Providing Contraband to an Inmate

It is never a good idea to mail contraband to an inmate or to bring it on a visit. The consequences for such actions are serious not only for the inmate, but also for you. What is Contraband? Contraband is anything that inmates are not allowed to have in their possession. Obvious examples are weapons, […]

Voting Rights for Felons in Alabama

The state of Alabama allows felons to have their voting rights restored under the following guidelines. You must have completed your entire sentence, including incarceration, probation, and parole, or community supervision. Once completed, you have three options: Contact your local parole or probation office Write to the Board of Pardons and Parole

Maine Marijuana Laws: Decriminalized but Still Tricky

Decriminalizing Pot doesn't always mean it is completely legal. Here are some current guidelines. Possession Unlike several other states that chose an ounce as the cutoff for a civil penalty, Maine allows you to possess up to 2.5 ounces and still receive a civil ticket. The fine is a flat $600 regardless of the amount. […]

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Learn About Them Through friends. If you know someone who is incarcerated or has a family member incarcerated, ask for the name of an inmate who might like having a pen pal. This is an excellent way to meet pen pals because they can give a personal recommendation. Use Pen Pal Sites. There are several […]

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  1. Mary Mon, Feb 24 2014 6:16 PM

    is the SO# the inmate number I use to send money or letters to ?

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Visiting an Inmate in the Denton County Main Jail in Texas

Jails come in all shapes and sizes, making each a little unique, even though the job that they do is the same. The Denton County jail in Texas is a pretty big operation, with 1,400 beds in the facility and a staff of about 365 people. It, like most other jails across the United States, is a well-oiled machine that operates best when everyone plays by the rules laid out to protect them all. That is not just a practice that belongs to the inmates and staff, but also to the people that come to visit their loved ones in jail. While it would take a real act of lawlessness to get you kept in while on a visit, there are some definite behaviors that will get you put out pretty quickly, with your visitation cut short.

Visiting Rules

The information that you are about to read here could very easily change in the coming weeks and months, especially since the Denton County jail is in the process of making some tweaks to their visitation system. Most notably is the addition of a video visitation set-up where the inmate and their friends and family will communicate via video, as opposed to in a visitation room. It looks as though the jail may actually keep both systems in place, but check with them first. Here are the rules that must be followed:

  • Visitors must arrive 30 minutes prior to visitation time
  • All visits will last for 20 minutes
  • Extended visitation times may be granted to visitors traveling from a long distance, but prior approval must be granted first
  • Visitors can visit as many times as they wish during visitation hours, but may only see visit the same inmate once
  • All visitors 17 and over must present a valid photo ID
  • Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Items cannot be passed directly to the inmate
  • No physical contact of any kind is allowed
  • Visitors must dress in a conservative manner and refrain from suggestive behavior
  • Visitors should be aware that they will be required to pass through a metal detector and may be subjected to a physical search

Visiting Hours

The visiting hours at the Denton County jail also seem to be in something of a constant state of change due to the construction that is currently underway. As such, you should always make sure to call ahead or check the Denton County sheriff's department beforehand, even if you think you know the hours.

As it stands right now, visitation days are on Tuesday's, Thursday's, and Saturday's, with the day and time that you can go dependent on where the inmate you are visiting is located within the jail. If you are not sure which building or pod they are in, you will have to find out, as you will not be granted access on any other day and time except those allocated to that specific location.

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How to use the Inmate Search for Denton County Main Jail in Texas

The advent of the computer age has made it easy to find just about anything you want online. That even extends to looking for an inmate in jail, which used to mean going to the courthouse or contacting the sheriff's department and hoping for the best. The reality is that places like the Denton County jail simply don't have the time or resources to be handling calls from people looking for friends and loved ones. That is why most of the information can now be found online, since the sheriff's department website usually has an inmate search tool of some kind.

[Article_Ad_2]The inmate search feature on the Denton County sheriff's department site is a little harder to work with than most, but it will get you the information that you need. From the main page of the website, you need to select ‘Jail Information' from the menu on the right. This will take you to a new page with a new menu, where you will be required to click ‘Jail Record Search.' From there you click on ‘Denton County Records' and then ‘Jail Records' and you will finally be where you need to be. You will now be on a page that is looking for some information for you, the least of which needs to be first and last name of the person you are looking for. That will lead you to a list of folks with that name, and it will list the following information:

  • Booking number
  • Full name
  • Booked
  • Released
  • Arresting agency
  • Charges

The booking number is clickable and will give you a little more information about the inmate, but really very little to go on. If they have been released to another agency, which is often the case with jail inmates, you are likely going to have to start looking somewhere else, since there is no record of where they were sent to listed in the search results. Here is what they do tell you:

  • Name (plus aliases)
  • Address
  • Vital Statistics
  • Warrant number
  • Charge
  • Issuing Authority
  • Offence date
  • Bond and type
  • Fines and court costs
  • Disposition

If you don't find what you are looking for here, at least you will have some information that you can use when calling the Denton County sheriff's department. The information pulled from this search may be enough for them to tell you where to start looking as you move forward. As is always the case with these types of searches, the info is kept as up to date as possible, but error can occur.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Denton County Main Jail in Texas

There is no denying that one of the biggest struggles than an inmate has in adapting to life behind bars is not having contact with friends and family. Every single jail in the United States is aware of the effect that can have on its inmates, which is why each of them has ways for people to stay connected during a period of incarceration. The Denton County jail is actually undergoing something of a facelift at the moment, with many of the changes being made to make communication between the inmates and their families that much easier. They are already well ahead of many other jails in that regard, and may in fact be one of the most forward thinking jails in the country.

Mail

Denton County jail has implemented a program that allows written correspondence to be done via e-mail. This is certainly a much quicker way for mail to get to the inmate, and it also lessens the burden on the staff at the jail that are required to search every envelope that comes in. The benefits are definitely there for everyone, and it's a system that many jails are likely to adopt moving forward. How it works:

  • Visit www.4inmates.com to sign up for the e-mail program
  • Fund your account using a debit or credit card
  • Costs are 60 cents for the first page, second page free, and 25 cents for each page thereafter. An electronic reply page costs 60 cents

A Guide To E-Mail

The e-mail is delivered to the Denton County jail, where it will then be reviewed by the staff before being passed on. The whole process usually takes place in less than 24 hours, but there is the chance that your e-mail will be rejected. You will still need to refrain from using suggestive or inflammatory language, and you should also be careful with attachments. Pictures may very well be reviewed and allowed, but anything else, especially malicious attachments, will result in the message going undelivered.

Telephone

The inmates at the Denton County jail are allowed access to telephones at certain times of the day. They will not be able to receive call, but they will be able to contact loved ones, albeit at a pretty hefty price. Here are the ways in which an inmate can call out:

  • Using prepaid cards purchased at the commissary (currently $9 per card). Family and friends can also fund the inmates calling account.
  • Traditional collect
  • Advance connect
  • Direct bill

Visitation

If you are looking to visit an inmate in the Denton County jail, you will only be able to do so on the allotted visitation days. These are in a pretty constant change of flux at the moment with all the construction taking place at the jail. It is always best to either call ahead or check the Denton County sheriff's department website for up to date visitation details.

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