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The Denton County Main Jail in Denton, Denton 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 Denton County Main Jail 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 Denton County Main Jail are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Denton 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 Denton County Main Jail 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 Denton County, Texas are: Carrollton Jail, Denton City Jail, Denton County Jail - Direct Supervision , Denton County Jail - Pre-Trial Facility, Denton County Law Enforcement Center, Frisco City Jail, Lewisville City Jail. In addition, Denton County houses the following juvenile facility: Denton County Juvenile Detention Ctr.

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

Denton County Main Jail Inmate Search

Texas Denton 1400
127 N. Woodrow Lane
Denton, TX 76205-6397
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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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.


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.


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


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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