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+ Hays County Law Breakers

The Hays County Jail in San Marcos, Hays 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 Hays County 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 Hays County Jail are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Hays 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 Hays County 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. In addition, Hays County houses the following juvenile facility: Hays County Juvenile Detention Center.

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



Hays County Jail Inmate Search

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Visiting an Inmate in the Hays County Jail in Texas

In Hays County, Texas, the staff at the jail welcomes visitors. They understand, as they too have family and friends outside of the jail walls. The fundamental difference between them and the inmates is that they are able to go home after their shift and enjoy their company pretty much whenever they please. The jail does impose a series of rules and regulations in order to keep a sense of order and discipline. As caring as they are, they also unfortunately work for a jail and not a ballpark.

If you care to visit an inmate while he or she is in custody, an inmate is allowed up to two 30-minute visits every week with a maximum of 3 visitors at a time. Visitors must have a valid ID in order to be accepted, and children under 17 have to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The visitor(s) must also be on the inmate's visitor card, which is issued to him or her, and may list up to five adults on the list. This list can be changed every month. An inmate is available for visits on weekends, and on Mondays and Fridays.

However, the visits must match the following guidelines:

  • One (1) visit on Friday or Monday  AND

One (1) visit on Saturday or Sunday

  • One (1) visit on Friday AND one (1) visit on Monday.

Essentially what this means is that you can't visit both days on a weekend.

Visitation on Fridays and Mondays are from 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. through 4:00 P.M.

Weekend visitations are a bit more stringent and organized by last name:

Last names beginning with the letters A-L are permitted to visit Saturdays from 8:00 A.M. through 10:00 A.M, or on Sundays from 12:00 P.M. through 4:00 P.M.
Last names beginning with the letters M-Z will be allowed to have visitations on Saturdays from 12:00 P.M. through 4:00 P.M., or on Sundays from 8:00 A.M. through 10:00 A.M.

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How to use the Inmate Search for Hays County Jail in Texas

Hays County is located just a few miles south of the state capital, Austin, and is home to approximately 157,000 people. However, Texas is known to be tough on crime, so no doubt that Hays County has its own corrections system. If you have a friend or family member currently in custody in Hays County, you can look them up via an internet database.

[Article_Ad_2]To locate an inmate, go to this website, and click on the Hays County Jail Inmate Search link on the left hand side of the screen. From there, you will be directed to a webpage that gives you information on looking up an offender on the internet or by telephone. Click on the link that directs you to the offender search database of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. From there, you will reach the database, and in order to look up an inmate, you have to have the last name and at least the first letter of the offender in order to generate results. For example, to look up Andrew Johnson, all you would need to type in is "A Johnson." Any positive results from this example are entirely coincidental. Keep in mind that this website is a search database for every single inmate in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and since Texas is the second biggest state in terms of population, the results can be numerous and may not necessarily apply to the jail in Hays County.

You may also use the offender search database by telephone by calling 1-800-535-0283 (it's a toll-free number) Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM if you want to speak to an actual person. The database is also available 24/7/365 by phone via an automated system. However, in order to have access to the automated system, you absolutely MUST have the TCJD or State Identification (SID) number of the inmate you wish to look up.

You can also call this number (512-393-7800) for the Hays County Jail.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Hays County Jail in Texas

If you have a friend or a loved one in the Hays County Jail, contacting them is encouraged by the sheriff to keep the lines of communication open during an incarceration period. As this is a jail and not a country club, Hays County has a series of strict rules and regulations for communication, as to preserve the sense of law and order of their 362 bed facility.

Writing to the inmate is allowed. An inmate can receive and write letters as much as he or she wishes to. Inmates can receive mail so long as it does not violate the regulations of the US Postal Service, and does not contain any contraband. All mail will be opened and inspected by the jail's staff before being delivered to an inmate. All envelopes must be addressed to the inmate and must contain the inmate's SPIN number.

The paradigm for the Hays County Jail is:

Inmate name, inmate's SPIN number
1307 Uhland Road
San Marcos, Texas  78666

Inmates can also receive e-mails from family members. Family members can register at this site. This does cost a minimal amount of money; 50 cents for the first page, and 25 cents for every additional page after 2 pages per email.

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