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Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Florida

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but once you're convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. Florida overview: The Process If you have been convicted of a felony, the state of Florida has […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Louisiana

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Consequences of Providing Contraband to an Inmate

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Can a Felon Possess a Gun In Colorado?

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What Happens When an Illegal Immigrant Commits a Crime?

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What Info Can I Get From An Inmate Search?

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4 Things to Avoid During An Arrest

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Restrictions on Greeting Cards for Inmates

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How to find out if you've been a Victim of Fraud

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What Type of Arrest Warrants Will Cause Social Security Benefits to Stop?

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Inmate Mail: How to Get an Envelope or Post Card Pre-Metered

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What Happens if You Bond Someone Out and That Person Flees?

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The Three Most Dangerous Prisons in America

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Best Days for Inmate Phone Calls

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The Dallas County Jail - West Tower in , Dallas County, Texas, like all jails is a maximum security facility. Because the inmates in this jail range from low level offenders to those being held for violent crimes like robbery, rape and murder, the security level is as high as is it is in any maximum security state prison. Some of the security features in this facility include security cameras, electronic detection and reinforced fencing topped with razor wire. Correctional officers in Dallas County Jail - West Tower are armed with mace and trained to use physical force to protect themselves and other inmates from violence.

The men, women and juveniles being held in the Dallas County Jail - West Tower are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Dallas County Court System already and been sentenced to a period of time of one year or less. When an inmate is sentenced to a year or more, they are admitted into the Texas Prison or Federal Prison System. Inmates in the Dallas County Jail - West Tower are fed three meals a day totaling 2,500 calories, are allowed access to phones to contact friends and family members, are allowed at least one hour a day for exercise, have access to books, bathroom and shower facilities. The inmates are allowed mail to be delivered to them as well as newspapers and magazine from trusted outside publishers.

The other jail facilities in Dallas County, Texas are: Arlington Police Department Jail, Carrollton Jail, Dallas County George Allen Jail, Dallas County Jail - Decker Detention Center, Dallas County Jail - North Tower, Dallas County Jail - South Tower , Dallas County Jail - Suzanne Lee Kays Detention Facility, Dallas County Old Jail, Garland City Jail, Grand Prairie Jail, Mesquite Jail, Richardson City Jail. In addition, Dallas County houses the following juvenile facilities: Dallas Co. Marzelle Hill Transition Ctr, Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center, Dallas County Letot Center, Dallas County Medlock Treatment, Dallas County Residential Drug Trtmt, Dallas County Youth Village.

On this page you will find direct links to specific information that friends and family members of inmates will find useful: Dallas County Inmate Search, Inmate Phone use, Visitation Rules and Schedules, Commissary Deposits and Information about the Dallas County Jail - West Tower Inmate Mail Guidelines. In addition, you will find information on how to contact the facility, directions to the jail, Dallas County recent arrests, Most Wanted, outstanding Arrest Warrants and much more.

Dallas County Jail - West Tower Inmate Search

Lew Sterrett Justice Center

Texas Dallas 1478
JAIL: 111 West Commerce Street - Dallas, TX 75202
BONDS: 1600 Chestnut Street - Dallas, TX 75226
Name & Bookin #
Dallas County West Tower - Lew Sterrett Justice Center
P.O. Box 660334
Dallas, TX 75266-0334
Sheriff: 214-653-3420
There are six detention facilities within the Dallas County Sheriff's Department. These facilities can house more than 7,100 inmates. The West Tower has 132 tanks and 25 single cells. It can house up to 1,530 male inmates.
The West Tower has the following inmate types: A mental housing facility and a variety of classifications besides medium and maximum custody inmates which include: Class "C"s, Trustee, Infirmary, lower bunk medical restriction, close behavioral observation, suicidal, HIV positive, homosexual and accused child molesters, crisis stabilization, protective custody, admin custody, psychological assessment program, and substance abuse. Inmates are housed accordingly to their classifications.

With One Free Jail Call, Who Should I Reach Out To When I Get Arrested?

Anyone who has been incarcerated will tell you that once you are booked, given inmate attire, and assigned to a housing unit, your connection with the outside world is greatly reduced. During the booking process most jails will allow you one free phone call before taking you to your unit. Make it count. Very few […]

Can a Felon Own a Gun In West Virginia?

West Virginia still requires you to receive a pardon from the governor's office before you can own/possess a gun in that state. Obtaining a pardon in West Virginia is very difficult. Over a recent period of nine different governors, only 131 pardons were granted out of all that applied. An attorney experienced in obtaining felony […]

Maine Marijuana Laws: Decriminalized but Still Tricky

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Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Louisiana

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, however, once convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. The laws for Louisiana include: You've Been Charged You cannot vote in Louisiana if you are incarcerated for […]

5 Ways to Help an Addict While he is Away at Rehab

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What is an Inmate Money or Commissary Account?

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Parental Visitation: Know the keys to Helping Your Child Visit Their Parent in Jail

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Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Illinois

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, however, once convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. The laws for Illinois include: If You've Been Charged Until you are convicted of a felony and incarcerated […]

Average Prison Sentence Per Offense

The one thing that is consistent about US prison sentences is their inconsistency. Each state sets its own rules to use for each criminal offense. The more serious crimes, called felonies, are typically given longer sentences, while less serious crimes, called misdemeanors have shorter sentences. Taking a life — A premeditated murder can result

Solitary Confinement for Teenagers is a Bad Idea. Here's What We Can Do About It.

Inhumane disciplinary isolation for incarcerated children is causing suicides and other harm. All who believe that teenagers deserve special attention at their time of need will be interested in the recommendations in this New York Times piece. Read about it here: End Solitary Confinement for Teenagers

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, […]

Consequences of Contraband Mail

At some point you might be tempted to mail contraband to your inmate. After all, how much trouble will it really cause, right? The answer is, plenty. The consequences of being caught mailing contraband to an inmate or an inmate receiving it can be severe. Criminal Charges If your inmate is in a state or […]

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

Finding Employment After Prison

Many companies will not interview a felon, much less hire one. While this is true and it can make life on the outside difficult, finding employment after prison can be done if you take the right steps. Career Centers Goodwill has set up a nationwide career center program to help underemployed and unemployed people and […]

A Guide to Inmate Visitation Online

Jails across the nation are catching on to the popularity of offering remote, "at-home," visitation. Not only is it convenient for jail staff, inmates, and family members, but it is also a way for the jail to collect revenue because in most cases, at-home visitation is a paid service. How it Works To be able […]

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  1. Mary Zaltron Sat, Mar 03 2012 9:41 AM

    Hi I would like to thank all the police officers who serve the public, very polite and helpful, always trying to help us find where we go, in spite of our grief for a loved one have stopped, they lighten our burden with his attention I am very proud to belong to Dallas, thank you very much, God bless WEST TOWER

  2. StingRay Fri, Mar 23 2012 3:32 PM

    I would like to thank Sheriff Lupe Valdez for making a positive difference whithin the system that not only serves to protect, but also to help our community. It;s time for Dallas residents to stop complaining and to applaud someone that really cares about us.

  3. Luke S Fri, Feb 08 2013 1:42 AM

    I am trying to find info about my cousin who got booked at Dallas County West Tower, does anyone know when the visiting hours are at this jail?

  4. Becky Hurst Fri, Feb 08 2013 4:23 PM

    Hi Luke, At Dallas County West Tower if you want to visit you have to get a Dallas County Jail visitation card first from 8am to 3:30pm at probation check in front of the north tower jail at 111 West Commerce. It's $5 and you need to bring your birth certificate and social security card.

  5. Sacky T Sat, Feb 09 2013 11:57 PM

    I tell you, this web site has more information about all the jails and the thousands of inmates in them then even the official website run by the county. You should be putting in information about the criminal laws and defense lawyers as well be cause most people don't know about the law until after they have been arrested and are booked in, mugshots and all.

  6. Tammy Bentley Fri, Feb 15 2013 12:35 PM

    I have been trying to buy commissary items for my son, who was transferred from Abilene to Lew Sterrit, where he was given a "bookin" number. Now, Jpay doesn't even recognize his number in their system, nor does the commissary system, eComm. I have called EVERY number I can find and nobody seems inclined to help, act as if I am a criminal and undeseserving of help. I put $25 into an account for him and they TOOK it to pay for doctor's visits. Another $25 for him to call and ONE 15 minute call took all but .23 cents! I am a mother searching for help and info from NC. Stop treating us like criminals and help us! This is just wrong.

  7. Ken Fri, Feb 15 2013 2:41 PM

    Hi Tammy ... in the future, you may wish to make an internet deposit using the link on the "Immate Money Account" page. It looks like the fees are relatively reasonable.

  8. Laura Gragg Sat, Feb 16 2013 9:13 PM

    Is there any public transportation to this facility? I live in Highland Park near the high school. Thank you for any help.

  9. steve Sat, May 25 2013 2:31 AM

    Looking for someone arrested by DEA this morning. They aren't listed. How do i find them?

  10. Rachel Wed, Jun 26 2013 1:13 PM

    I live in Oklahoma and I'm trying to get a special visit. Do I just show up with ID and proof of residency or do I have to call and schedule ahead of time??

  11. Jennifer Thu, Aug 29 2013 1:51 AM

    Hi Rachel, My suggestion is to call and speak to one of the watch commanders. They will give you the best info. I know some jails allow more time for a visit if the visitor can provide some proof they live a good distance away. I am not sure if Lew Sterritt or West Tower is like that.

  12. Lacresia Mon, Sep 14 2015 12:18 AM

    My boyfriend was in violation of parole from N.C. and was on his way back to turn himself in but stopped in dallas where he went to the ER at Dallas Methodist there they had put him in a room with his belongings everything he owned which was one leather bag with clothes,paperwork,etc, a tool box which contained his tattoo equipment. He felt uncomfortable there and had tried to leave he was arrested by Dallas police. I was told my boyfriends belongings was at hospital went to retrieve them and said it was locked up n would call when I could come back and get it. I just received a call stating that the Dallas police went back to hospitsl and got his stuff. Yet no one has come to him in over a week to let him know they have his belongings. How can I find out and if not what should I do..im thinking I'm gonna call local tv stations and also file a complaint on both the hospital and sheriffs ofc along with an attorney if they don't let him know something by tues

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Visiting an Inmate in the Dallas County Jail - West Tower in Texas

The Dallas County Department of Corrections encourages visitation privileges, as they recognize that inmates have families and friends outside the walls of jail and visits can be a positive way to keep an inmate going during a time of incarceration. Nevertheless, the Dallas County Department of Corrections has rules and regulations that need to be strictly upheld so that these privileges won’t be revoked or compromised for inmates and loved ones.

Inmates are only allowed two visits per week, and the people who visit an inmate must be placed on a visitor card issued to the inmate and subsequently approved by the staff. Inmates are allowed to make changes to their visitor cards every 90 days. Inmates with last names that start with A-L can receive visitations every Monday and Thursday, whereas inmates with last names that start with M-Z may receive visitors every Tuesday and Friday; no visitations on Wednesdays. Also, no children under the age of 17 will be permitted to visit on Monday-Friday. Saturdays and Sundays allow children to visit, and all inmates can have visitors on those two days. Only 2 children are permitted to visit and must be accompanied by an adult.

The visitation hours are as follows:

  • Monday-Friday 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (No visits allowed on Wednesday)
  • Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Also keep in mind that any visitors that show up 30 minutes before the end of visiting hours will not be processed and will have to return another day.

Any more information on what to do during a jail visit can be found at this website, which is a tutorial on how to act during a prison visit. Another website has more guidelines that are more relevant and fitting for the West Tower and other correctional facilities in Dallas County; it is located here.

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How to use the Inmate Search for Dallas County Jail - West Tower in Texas

Dallas, Texas is a beautiful city, and it is currently the ninth largest city in population in the entire country (and the third most populous in Texas after Houston and San Antonio). With over a million people in its city limits, there is also crime. The city sits mostly in Dallas County, which has a total of almost 2.5 million residents, and the county has 5 adult correctional facilities currently in operation.

[Article_Ad_2]The West Tower has over 1,400 beds and a revolving door of inmates awaiting trial or serving light sentences. If you know somebody, there is a way to look up an inmate currently incarcerated there. The process for looking up an inmate is very easy; all you need to do is go to this website, and there is a link to look up in inmate on the left hand side of the screen. You can conduct your search using three different methods: by inmate information, by booking number, or by case number. The inmate information prompts a first name, last name, date of birth, race, and gender. All of these fields are required, except for the date of birth, so you must truly know the inmate of interest before you can execute a successful search.

From there, you get a look at the inmate’s profile, which shows a lot of information pertaining to the inmate. This includes their name, address, citizenship status (this is Texas after all), attorney, and where they’re being held, and also has a separate link so you can look up their criminal information (essentially, what they’re being charged with). The profile also has bond information, the booking date, and the case/warrant number.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Dallas County Jail - West Tower in Texas

Writing an inmate and sending them mail is a great way to keep the lines of communication open and flowing during a period of incarceration. The Dallas County Department of Corrections highly encourages sending mail to inmates, but there are rules that need to be adhered to.

When sending mail to an inmate at the Dallas Conty Jail - West Tower, please remember that only authorized correspondence can be sent to them via the post office. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, letters, cards, and softcover books sent directly from a publisher.

The envelope/package layout for sending mail to an inmate is as follows:

Inmate Name
Inmate Booking #
Inmate Location
P.O. Box 660334
Dallas, TX 75266-0334

The Dallas County of Corrections also has a commissary online that you can send other items to inmates, located here. More information on sending mail to an inmate, as well as bond information and payment can be found here.

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