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Three Ways to Make Jail Calls Cheaper

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The Houston City Southeast Jail in Houston, Harris 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 Houston City Southeast 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 Houston City Southeast Jail are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Harris 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 Houston City Southeast 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 Harris County, Texas are: Baytown Municipal Jail, Harris County - The 1200 Jail, Harris County - The 1307 Jail, Harris County - The 701 Jail, Harris County - The 711 Jail, Harris County Jail, Houston City Central Jail, Houston Prison Farm, Pasadena City Jail, Pearland Jail, Webster Jail. In addition, Harris County houses the following juvenile facilities: Burnett Bayland Reception Center, Harris County Juvenile Justice Center, Harris County Youth Village, Leadership Academy.

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



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Massachusetts Marijuana Laws

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Visiting an Inmate in the Houston City Southeast Jail in Texas

How can you visit a prisoner in Houston City Southeast Jail?

This is a great thing for you to be wondering about. Because you are visiting your loved one during a time of incarceration we know this is very important for both of you. We want to help make sure this time is as enjoyable as possible and that you do not run into any troubles.

There are always rules when someone is incarcerated and of course visitation times are no different. Whether for yourself, other family members, or friends please remember that is very important that all visitation rules are followed closely. If rules are broken intentionally and/or frequently the privilege can be revoked by jail authorities.

Please remember that all rules are put in place with specific reason in place. Safety and security are the main reasons for all rules. Visitation rules keep all inmates with in Houston City Southeast Jail, the staff, and all types of visitors safer and more at ease.

Visiting hours and rules for Houston City Southeast Jail

It is not difficult to arrange your schedule to visit a prisoner in Houston City Southeast Jail because you can visit almost any time. Aside from when there are specific court sessions, during inmate meal times, and when prisoners are out on specific work assignments, you can visit them anytime. That's right. You can visit 24/7 excluding only:

  • Court times
  • During meals
  • Work assignment times

Truly those hours are amazing and very lenient. Please remember to verify your prisoner is available and if they are, go visit them any time you want. You and they will be glad you did.

The other major rules of importance

  • Only adults over 21 years old can visit
  • Visitors must have a valid state or federal ID
  • Visitors will be checked and if warrants for them be arrested
  • If visitor has had any type of domestic dispute or altercation with the inmate in the past they will not be allowed to visit

When you go for visitation you must know the inmate's name, inmate number, and date of birth. You must also know where they are located (which jail). Then just go to the jail and the staff will help you through the process.

It is important to remember to dress appropriately when visiting a jail. The dress code usually calls for plain, simple clothing without writing, drawing, words, etc. No type of violence, gang, revealing, or sexually provocative clothing should be worn. This includes short skirt, dresses, or skirts, sleeveless, etc. Just wear plain simple colored clothes that cover the body in a modest way and you should be fine.

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How to use the Inmate Search for Houston City Southeast Jail in Texas

Locating and Posting Bail for Houston City Southeast Jail Prisoners

[Article_Ad_2]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
  • Citizenship
  • 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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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Houston City Southeast Jail in Texas

Contacting a Prisoner at Houston City Southeast Jail?

When someone is incarcerated, contact with family and friends can be very important. This may not always be easy, but it is important to maintain as much contact as possible.
Jails must have strict and specific rules to protect the inmates, the staff, and any visitors that may come to the facility. Even though sometimes we all may not understand why rules are necessary, it is critically important to remember to always stick to the rules and never veer from them. If someone breaks the rules, there is always the risk that some type of privileges will be revoked. Don't let this happen to you.

How can you maintain contact with your loved one in Houston City Southeast Jail?

There are actually a couple of ways to do this. You can visit them of course. You will find visitation details separate from this page. We just wanted to mention here that this is a good option for helping you stay in contact with your inmate. Face to face interactions are sometimes more important when a loved one is enduring a difficult time so don't forget how important visitation can be.

Just in case you are wondering, there is no form of email communication. Prisoners do not have access to computers for these types of purpose.

If you have a reason to need to mail anything to a prisoner in the Houston City Southeast Jail, you should first call the jail to see if it is allowed. There are many specific rules and regulations related to mail going into jails. So be sure you are aware of these for your situation.

We can tell you specifically that most jail facilities only allow the inmate's address and return address to be on the outside of the envelope. Do not write, draw, spray perfume, or smear lipstick, etc. on an envelope. If your inmate is allowed to receive mail, they are likely not allowed to receive packages though. Again, make sure you reach out to the jail directly for questions.

Besides visitation, the telephone is a great way to be in contact with a prisoner in Houston City Southeast Jail. Prisoners have access to the telephone, but they can only call out. When a call in placed to a landline it will come across as a collect call. This charge will be from the telephone service provider.

If you would like for the inmate to call you on a cell phone, you will first have to contact Global Tel Link. This company is also known as GTL. You can reach them at www.GTL.net or 866-230-7761.

These folks will help you establish a pre-paid account. What will happen is the inmate can make calls to a cell or any other allowed number as long as there is money on the GTL account. This makes it a lot easier for you and usually less expensive too.

Remember when talking to an inmate that all calls can be monitored and / or recorded if it is deemed necessary.

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