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Visiting an Inmate in the Harris County - The 701 Jail in Texas

Are you ready to visit an Inmate at Harris County - The 701 Jail?

We understand that you can be nervous at a time like this. We are here to help you when it comes understanding the guidelines and regulations of visitation. There are some very specific rules that must be followed in order to assure everyone is kept safe.

Designed with the intent to assure the safety and security of all inmates, staff, and visitors, the rules of visitation are for everyone to obey. These rules can change so always be sure you are aware of changes. If at any times you have questions be sure to call the jail directly and ask.

First of all, you can visit your inmate by coming to:

701N. San Jacinto Street

You will first come to the lobby and go through visitation processing at which time you will be asked to leave anything you brought with you like a bag, purse, cell phone, etc. After you have been cleared you will be taken to the visitation area. Remember all visits are non-contact visits.

If you have any questions beyond what we are able to answer here, you can call the jail at (713) 755-8430.

The visitation schedule for Harris County - The 701 Jail is as follows:

Monday - no visitation
Tuesday - 4pm - 9 pm
Wednesday - 4 pm - 9 pm
Thursday - no visitation
Friday - no visitation
Saturday - 3:30 pm - 9 pm
Sunday - 3:30 pm - 9 pm

Attire for Jail Visitation

When you come to visit an inmate at Harris County - the 701 Jail there are expectations of you just as there are of the inmates and the staff. The clothing you wear to visit someone is very important. This may not seem like a big deal to some folks, but the rules are very important so please be sure all visitors follow them closely.

Simple, plain clothing is the best thing to wear to a jail visitation. The key points to remember are your clothing should be long enough, without pictures and words, and non-revealing. These cover most of the rules but we will explain a few in better detail below.

  • Dresses and shorts must go down to at least mid-thigh
  • Shirts must go down the arm to halfway between the upper arm and elbow
  • No clothing items can have weapons, gang, or violence on it
  • No sexual content on clothing (pictures or words)
  • No obscenities on clothing
  • No type of super tight clothing like spandex or tights unless covered by shorts or skirt
  • No clothing that is revealing, see-through or appears nude

Basic Rules for Jail Visitation

  • Attorneys have a right to visit anytime day or night on any day
  • Ministers are not allowed from 12:30 pm to 2 pm daily
  • Visits are allowed one per day for 20 minutes only
  • Up to 4 people can visit (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Adults are 17 years old and above and must have an ID such as driver's license, state ID, federal ID, etc.
  • Children are 16 years old and under and must be accompanied by an adult
  • Nothing can be brought in at visitation and given to the inmate
    • No food
    • No drinks
    • No packages
    • No clothing
    • No photos
    • No mail or mailing materials
    • No cash

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How to use the Inmate Search for Harris County - The 701 Jail in Texas

Locating an inmate in the jail system can sometimes be complicated. We will help you here learn how to navigate the Harris County - The 701 Jail system and locate an inmate, if they are truly a part of the system yet.

Incarceration can be a scary time for the inmate and for the family, at times. When you are looking for someone and can't find them is one of the worst feelings of all. Here on our front page (click here) you can find links that will help you along in your search.

In the top left side corner of this page you can see several clickable links. They are blue and color and easy to find under the column header INMATE SEARCH. You can search by list, search, for mobile inmates, through recent arrests and releases, warrants, and VINELINK.

That's a lot of options and can be confusing still if you don't understand what each of these are for. But, we will help you understand how to manipulate these various links depending on what it is or who it is you are trying to locate. With over 4500 beds to search through, knowing how to find your way around can make it a lot easier.

On that page, you can click on all of the following to go to the associated information pages.

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

Once you go to the information page you will have to enter some bits of information to begin your search. The more information you are able to enter about the inmate, the easier of a time you will have in locating them. Your options for filling in information are:

  • Last name
  • First name
  • Birthdate (You have to enter it like this 01012001 for January (01) 1st (01) 2001. So it's a two digit month and date, and a four digit year.
  • SPN (This is the inmate's booking number.)
  • SSN (This is the inmate's social security number.)

You must fill in certain pieces of information or combinations of information to proceed. If you don't fill in enough information, the system will tell you what else you must supply. For instance, if you try to only enter a birthdate, the system will tell you that you must enter a last name also.

As soon as you enter enough required information, you will be allowed to proceed in your search. Then you can narrow down your list from there and find where your inmate is located. You will be able to find them if they were arrested and have been processed.

Next, if you happen to be looking for someone who has been recently arrested, perhaps you might want to just search via the recent arrests link. When you click on this link you will be taken to a large list. This list includes everyone who has been arrested in Harris County within the last 24 hours. The list may contain duplicates because the inmate's name is listed for each charge they are charged with.

If you happen to want to know about warrants that have been issued or victim assistance programs through VINELINK, you can click on those respective links to go to those areas.

How to Post Bond for an Inmate in Harris County - The 701 Jail

Sometimes posting bond can be the most complicated part of the jail experience. Because there are so many different types of bonds, it can be confusing if you don't have someone to explain the process to you.

First of all, this entire process begins with the judge. They will decide how much (if any) bail and what type of bond must be posted in order for someone to be freed from jail until their court hearing.

Bail can be in various forms. Sometimes this is cash or perhaps liens on property, lines of credit, etc. Various bails have specific qualifications, but the important thing to remember is that bail is the actual thing that is being used as security that the inmate will appear in court when they are supposed to. If they don't show up, whatever that security is will be forfeited.

Bonds can be in the form of cash, bail, surety, personal, or pre-trial.

  • Cash is pretty self-explanatory. With this type of bond, the amount of bail must be cash, money order, or cashier's check payable to Harris County Sheriff's Office and paid in full.
  • Bail bonds are signed agreements where the bail amounts are secured and securement deposited with the sheriff's department.
  • Surety bonds are bonds for the bail amount secured through a bondsmen from the approved Harris County list.
  • Personal bonds are where the judge decides upon meeting the defendant that they can be released on their own recognizance.
  • Pre-trial bonds are also where the defendant can be released on their own recognizance without bond, but it's based on information supply from Pretrial Services.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Harris County - The 701 Jail in Texas

At Harris County - the 701 Jail, you can be in contact with an inmate via mail, visitation, and telephone according to the directions below. There are no contact visits, no email, and no other forms of contact available for inmates in this facility.

It is understandable that you may be a bit apprehensive about contacting an incarceration facility especially if you've never had this experience before. There are rules that must be obeyed, but as long as you stick to rules the various forms of communication will help you and the inmate to be in touch during their incarceration at Harris County - the 701 Jail.

Here we will go over telephone contact and contact via the mail system. There are specific rules for both you and the inmate to follow. Anything that is not specifically stated here that you may have questions about you should contact the jail to verify.

All rules, including those about telephone usage and incoming and outgoing mail are designed with the safety of all in mind. Your cooperation with these rules will help assure the safety of all including the inmates, the staff, and yourself when you are visiting the facility.

Phone Usage at Harris County - the 701 Jail

All phone calls are collect from the inmate to outside lines. Inmates are allowed to call numbers that are not restricted by either Securus or an outside phone company.
Phone calls are not always but can be monitored and/or recorded at the discretion of the jail facility. You are not ever allowed to conference a call from an inmate. You can also not transfer calls once an inmate calls you. If you do try to conference or transfer, the phone will automatically disconnect. There are some numbers that inmates may not be allowed to call at all for security reasons.

Securus is the Harris County jail systems inmate telephone communications carrier. They can help you with blocking or unblocking a phone so inmates can or cannot call a particular number. Securus is also the number you should call if you ever have a concern about fraudulent calls to your number.

Through the Securus network you can set up and Advance Pay account for the inmate to have prepaid phone time.

  • Set up an account with Securus
  • Contact Securus at 1-800-844-6591
  • You (the receiver) can set up an account
  • Inmate calls number
  • If money on account and call accepted
  • You can talk to inmate

Mail Use and Restrictions at Harris County - The 701Jail

Mail is a great way for you to communicate with your inmate. This allows unlimited words and caring to be shared. You can keep in close contact with your inmate this way and feel much closer to them during their time of incarceration.

Mail rules are just like all rules though, they are for safety and security of all. There are no exceptions to the rules and your adherence is expected. If rules are broken, it can lead to loss of privileges.

Inmate Mail

When you mail anything to an inmate it must have your full name and return address on the envelope. It must also include the inmate's full name (the name they were arrested and booked under), their jail number (SPN), the name of the housing where they are located, and their exact cell block.

It is very important that all of this information is on the envelope or it will be returned. The jail will send it back to return to sender. If there is no return address or a faulty one for any reason the post office will dispose of it according to their rules and regulations.

Things that can be mailed to an Inmate:

  • Attorney paperwork is allowed
  • With prior approval from the Jail captain books and magazines are allowed according to restrictions
    • Up to 3 total for each inmate
    • Must come directly from publisher via the U.S. Postal Service
  • Letters that don't have smells, smears, smoke, etc. on the outside
    • No perfume
    • No lipstick
    • No stickers
    • No smelly or sticky substances
    • No coloring, drawing, or defacement of any kind
  • Photographs that are 5"x7" or smaller and do not have sexual content, violence of any kind, racial or ethnic appearance, riotous behaviors, etc.

Things that cannot be mailed to an Inmate:

Contraband items are items that specifically not allowed and can get an inmate in trouble. Please do not attempt to mail these items to an inmate because they will not be received and they could lead to the removal of privileges.

Some materials must be obtained from within the jail facility and cannot be sent to the inmate.

  • Religious material will come from the Harris County Sheriff's Chaplain's Office
  • Medicine will come from the jail's infirmary

Here is a further list of items that cannot be mailed to an inmate.

  • Computer downloads, print outs, or photocopied material
  • No money (cash, money orders)
  • No newspapers
  • No food/snacks/gum
  • No drinks
  • No sticky substances such as stickers, glue, stamps
  • No mailing items like envelopes, pens, paper, pencils, markers, etc.
  • No type of cards (greeting)
  • No types of packages

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