How to use the Inmate Search for Houston City Southeast Jail in Texas
Locating and Posting Bail for Houston City Southeast Jail Prisoners
When someone gets arrested it can be difficult to locate which jail they are in if you are not familiar with the system. We try to be very understanding and helpful during these difficult times. Our purpose here is to help you through figuring out how to do what needs done.
First we know you need to make sure which jail facility your loved one is incarcerated in. It's easiest to start from the home page here. (Just click on the link). Once you get on the home page look for the words Inmate Search in the upper left of the page.
Underneath the heading there are several links to help you search in different ways. You can search by list, by general search, through county mobile inmates, for recent releases, recent arrests, arrest warrants, and for offenders via VINELINK.
When trying to locate someone you are most likely interested in one of these links:
- Harris County Jail Inmate List
- Harris County Jail Inmate Search
- County Inmates – mobile
- Recent Releases – Harris County
When you click on any of these you will go to a new page where you will enter information about the inmate you are looking for. You can enter a last name, first name, inmate number, social security number, or date of birth.
If you fill in all of these fields you will easily narrow your list down to your inmate. However, enter as much information as you can and it will help narrow your list to get you going.
If you are looking for someone who has been arrested within the last 24 hours, you can click on the recent arrests link.
This will take you to a list of all the people who have been arrested in Harris County (this includes Houston City Southeast Jail) in the last 24 hours.
The two remaining links:
- Arrest Warrants – Harris County
- VINELINK – Inmate Search
Take you to an information page for victim assistance (VINELINK) and a page where you can fill out information to learn about arrest warrants that have been issued.
Once you locate the prisoner you may need to Post Bond
There are several types of bond postings for prisoners in Houston City Southeast Jail.
- Cash bond
- Surety bond
- Personal bond
A judge is the one who decides which kind of bond an inmate must put up as a security that they will return for their next meeting in court. The bond types are as different as the amounts. The judge bases the type and amount on things like:
- Crime committed
- Criminal history
- History of missing court appearance
If a cash bond is required it can be paid to the Jail bonding window at:
- Herbert W. Gee Municipal Courthouse
1400 Lubbock Street (1st floor, Jail Bonding Window)
Houston, TX 77002
Usually cash bonds can be paid by cash, money order, or cashier's check if made out correctly. You can find out if this is allowed and how to make out a money order or cashier's check when you call the Houston Help Line at 713-837-0311 to find out how much and what type of bond you will need to pay. You can post bond at the courthouse bonding window 24 hours a day 7 days a week including holidays.
If a surety bond is required, you will need to contact a bonding service. There is a list of them available, but the city and jail are not associated with them, so you have to contact them on your own. Usually how they work is that they will charge a fee to post bond for your prisoner based on a security that they hold.
If the inmate has relatively minor charges, a good civic reputation, and has never failed to appear before, the judge can decide to allow a personal bond. This means they are released without need for security (cash or surety) because the judge believes they will appear in court when they are told to. This is a bond based on personal recognizance.
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