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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 […]

Drastically Reduce the Cost of Calls from Your Out of State Inmate

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 […]

Get a Special Visit If You Live Far From the Jail

The logistics of visiting an inmate who is incarcerated very far from where you live can be tricky. If the jail has very short visits or requires a specific visitation registration processes, it makes it even more difficult. Some jails make exceptions for those who must travel to visit the inmate. How Far is Far? […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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, […]

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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

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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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Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but that right can be lost if you're a convicted felon. It's up to the each state to decide their laws about restoring rights. The laws for Massachusetts include: If You're Charged If you've been charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

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Decriminalizing Marijuana doesn't always mean it is completely legal. In some cases, such as in Massachusetts, possession of less than an ounce is no longer a crime but is now a civil offense. Possession It is a civil offense to possess one ounce or less of Marijuana. If found guilty the fine is $100. In […]

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Generally speaking, federal law makes it a crime for a convicted felon to own or possess a gun or ammunition. If you were convicted of a federal felony crime, you must receive a presidential pardon if you are to ever own a firearm again. Some states, however, have specifically designed laws regarding felons convicted of […]

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Visiting an Inmate in the Harris County - The 1307 Jail in Texas

Probably the first thing you need to know when it comes time to visit someone in the Harris County - 1307 Jail is follow the rules. Rules and specific guidelines are set up for very good reasons. The safety of all inmates, staff members, and visitors relies on the fact that everyone will follow the rules.

If at any time the rules are infringed upon (broken), there is the risk that visitation privileges can be revoked and/or charges filed. Since this is such an important privilege for both the inmate and the family, it is critical to be sure everyone sticks to the rules and guidelines as they are laid out.

When you visit Harris County - the 1307 Jail you will first enter in through the main jail lobby of the correct facility. The 1307 address is 1307 Baker Street. If you happen to need to call the jail you can do so at (713) 755-2400.

You will have to go through a degree of processing to assure no contraband or disallowed materials are with any visitors. Please don't be offended by any of these processing requirements as they are established for the safety and security of all.

Harris County - the 1307 Jail Visitation Rules

  • One 20 minutes visit per visitation day
  • 4 visitors (can include 2 adults and 2 children)
    • Adults (17years old and above must have valid state/federal ID)
    • 16 years old and under (children) must be with an adult
  • No items can be brought in with you to visit the inmate (except locker key)
    • Lockers are provided for you. You will place the following in your locker.
      • Any bags or purses of any kind
      • Any electronics - phones, headphones, etc.
  • No packages, photos, or anything else can be brought to inmate
  • No food or drinks of any kind can be brought in

Dress Code for Visitation:

All visitors must dress appropriately for a jail visitation. If you wear plain and more modest types of clothes without words, pictures, etc. then your clothing should pass the rules of Harris County - the 1307 Jail. Here are some basics, but not all inclusive dress code requirements.

  • No sexually provocative, see-through, mesh, or revealing clothing of any kind
  • No halters, tank tops, low-cut cleavage bearing blouses or shirts
  • Sleeves must be long enough to go half way down to the elbow
  • Skirts or shorts must be at least to mid-thigh
  • Do not wear leggings or tight knit pants without additional covering like shorts, skirts, etc.
  • Nothing that depicts obscene language, violence, racial, gang, weapons, or sexuality, etc.

Visitation

Visitation hours are specific with two exceptions:

  • Inmate attorneys can visit anytime 24 hours a day 7 days a week
  • Ministers are allowed to visit but not between 12:30 and 2 pm

Standard visitation hours:

Monday, Thursday, and Friday - No visitation
Tuesday & Wednesday are 4 pm to 9 pm
Saturday & Sunday are 3:30 pm to 9 pm

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How to use the Inmate Search for Harris County - The 1307 Jail in Texas

[Article_Ad_2]We try to make finding an inmate at Harris County -The 1307 Jail just as easy as possible. On our front page by clicking on this link. Here you will find a category on the top left that holds the Inmate Search links. There are various ways to look for someone. We'll help explain the requirements to try and make it a little easier for you.

You'll notice under the heading of Inmate Search that there are several blue links you can click on. Whether you want to search by list or search; or maybe you are searching for a recently arrested or released inmate you can do that here. Also, you can find a county inmate that's under the mobile classification. Finally, there is a link to VINELINK.

We'll start off with how to use the links that take you to the Public Information Inquiry page. These include:

  • Harris County Jail Inmate List
  • Harris County Jail Inmate Search
  • County Inmates Mobile
  • Recent Releases - Harris County

When you get to the Public Information Inquiry page there will be fields for you to fill in. The more you are able to put in about the inmate you are searching for, the easier it will be for you to find out where they are in the system.

So suppose you only want enter one piece of information. You can still do that but you would have to enter either the:

  • SPN (booking number)
  • SSN (social security number)
  • Last name

Any one of these items will let you proceed to some type of list, if what you enter matches with any information in their database. You can also enter a first name or date of birth, but you would still have to have one of the three above major search criteria in order to proceed.

This is a safety precaution to keep people from just randomly searching for a name. You have to know a little bit about the person you are searching for in order to get to the information you are looking for.

So you enter the information you have and click submit. The list may be short or long depending on how much information you entered and how common the inmate's name is. But hang in there, you can wheedle down the list and find your inmate before you know it.

Next, if you happen to be looking for someone who has recently been arrested, there are a couple of things you need to know. First of all, this is pretty easy. IF, the inmate has been processed and booked. That's the key.

It takes a little while to get through all the paperwork and safety checks, so if you look here under Recent Arrests and they are not there at first, give it a couple of hours and come back and check again. When you are using the recent arrests link all you have to do is click on it.

This will open up a page that displays all people who have been arrested in Harris County for the previous 24 hour period. Sometimes this list can be quite long and the print is kind of little, so go slow when you are looking through it.

Now to the next challenge.

How to go about Posting Bond for someone in Harris County - The 1307 Jail

When it comes times to post bail / bond for someone in Harris County - The 1307 Jail, the first thing you want to make sure of is that they have been through the process enough and there is a bond amount set, if there is going to be one, and what kind of bond it's going to be.

Wow, sound like a lot doesn't it. Well…it can be, but we'll see if we can help make it a little easier here.

Once there has been a sentencing hearing the judge will decide if the inmate is allowed to be freed on a bond. If the judge decides yes they are, then an amount must be determined. Bail can be set for any amount the judge determines is right and applicable by law. The judge can decide any of the following:

  • Bail dollar amount
  • No bail necessary - Personal Recognizance Bond or Pre-trial release
  • Cash bond
  • Surety bond

Here's a simple explanation of what all these things mean. Basically they are just different ways you can sign bonds and pay the fees necessary to assure that the accused individual will show back up for court. If a judge believes a person is trustworthy enough to show back up with putting up a security deposit of some kind, they may decide on a Personal bond.

If Pretrial Services informs the judge of information about an inmate that allows them to decide bail is not needed, the judge can allow a Pre-Trial release (no bond).
Cash bonds are just that. They must be paid by cash, money order or cashier's check made out to Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Surety bonds are bonds that go through one of the approved bonding agencies. You can get a list from the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

If you need to pay either cash bond or surety bond, you can go to the sheriff's office at 49 San Jacinto St. Houston, TX 77002.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Harris County - The 1307 Jail in Texas

When someone you love or care about has been arrested, it can be a difficult time. There are many questions and things you don't understand. And then there's a lot to learn. We will try to explain how to contact an inmate via telephone and mail when they are housed in Harris County - The 1307 Jail.

These are the only two means of contact other than visitation. There are no contact visits and there is no email.

Telephone contact at Harris County - The 1307 Jail

At Harris County - The 1307 Jail inmates are not allowed to receive calls, but they can make collect calls under certain conditions. The collect calls cannot be made to numbers that have been restricted.

If you have a number that shouldn't be restricted and it is, you can call your phone company and or Securus. Securus can be reached at 1-800-844-6591. They can help you restrict or un-restrict a phone and also assist if you suspect fraudulent charges from an inmate.

Securus can also help assist you with setting up an Advance Pay account to make it easier for your inmate to call you. Here's how it works.

  • You set up an Advance Pay account
  • You put money on the account
  • The inmate simply calls the number and as long as money is on the account they can place the call to unrestricted numbers
  • The money is automatically deducted

Phone rules at Harris County - The 1307 Jail:

There are a few important telephone rules to remember. All calls can be recorded and monitored. You cannot transfer or conference call with an inmate. The phone will disconnect. There are some numbers which are not allowed to be dialed because of security measures.

How do get Mail to and from an Inmate at Harris County - The 1307 Jail

Mail can be a challenge for any jail facility. There are important rules that must be observed in order to protect all the inmates, the staff, and visitors. Please be sure you obey all of the rules because any mail coming in or going out that does not adhere to them could be considered contraband and will be disposed of.

It is very important to maintain this avenue of communication so please assist us in making this an easy method to keep contact by following all rules. If you have questions about something you would like to mail to an inmate, please call and ask the jail how to accomplish it.

Basic rules:

  • All mail should have a full return address including your full name
  • Address (inmate's) must include
    • Inmate's full name (as booked into the facility)
    • Inmate's booking or SPN number
    • Inmate's housing facility and cell block location

If all the information is not present the facility will attempt to return to sender, but if they cannot do so, the mail will be destroyed.

Mail Rules:

There are certain items that cannot be mailed to an inmate. For security and safety reasons, these rules are detailed, specific, and strict. There are no exceptions.

  • Religious material can only be obtained from the Harris County Sheriff's Chaplain's Office
  • Medication can only be obtained from the jail infirmary
  • Mailing material can only be obtained from the jail commissary
    • Do not mail paper, envelopes, stamps, pens, pencils, markers, etc.
  • No pictures of sexually explicit material, violence, gang, etc.
  • No items containing sticky or smelly items (no sprayed on perfume)
  • No cards, packages, newspapers
  • Do not send any food or drinks
  • No cash or money orders
  • No computer downloads, photocopies, etc.

Here are items that are allowed:

  • Inmate can have up to 3 books/magazines
  • All books and/or magazines must be mailed directly from publishers using the U.S. Post Office services
  • Jail Captain must give prior approval for books and magazines
  • Attorney and legal paperwork is allowed
  • You can send letters in plain envelopes
    • Do not spray or smear, smudge anything on them
    • No perfume, lipstick, glue, stickers, etc.
  • Allowed photos 5"x7" and smaller

 

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