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When Your Online Search Doesn't Find Your Inmate

Many jails have online databases listing those who have been arrested. In some cases, the database is updated every few minutes. If you do a search but nothing comes up, it doesn't necessarily mean your loved one is not incarcerated. There are several reasons an inmate can be in jail but not showing up in […]

What Info Can I Get From An Inmate Search?

Nothing is scarier than a missing person. You're frantic to find out what happened. Then it hits you: Maybe your loved one got arrested. Many jails have websites that allow you to look up inmates currently in custody. Some even list those who were booked and recently released. But an inmate search can tell you […]

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

In the chaos of an arrest it is easy to get caught up in the moment and race to bail someone out of jail. Bonding someone out is not hard to do, but if that person doesn't show up in court when ordered to do so, your life could become very difficult. Be sure you […]

What if an Inmate Becomes Terminally Ill?

You were handling your husband's incarceration by visiting once a month, writing constantly, and hearing him out during phone calls. Recently he was declared terminally ill, and all you want now is to spend his last few months with him, and you're hoping he can pass surrounded by family. In some states this is becoming […]

Caring for an Inmate, Even If You Can't Visit the Jail or Prison

Visits are a lifeline for most inmates, but if his jail is very far away, or there are other reasons that make it impossible for you to visit, there are other steps you can take to let him know he is not alone. Lots of mail: Even if you can't write a letter each day […]

Why Doesn't An Addict Get Clean After Overdosing?

As told by an addict who overdosed and almost died twice before giving up drugs. How often did you get high before you overdosed? By the time I overdosed the first time, I was getting high on a daily basis. I no longer took drugs to enjoy a high. I took them to avoid being […]

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: If You've Been Charged You cannot vote in Louisiana if you are incarcerated […]

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 […]

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

Why and How Drugs Are Divided Into Different Classes and Levels

The class of drug is typically included in the criminal charge for possession, sale or use. For examples, the charge would read, "Possession of a Class I drug for resale," or "Possession of a Class II drug". How They're Classed While each agency determines which drugs fall into each schedule, class or level, they are […]

Massachusetts Marijuana Laws

Decriminalizing Marijuana doesn't always mean it is completely legal. In some cases, such as in Massachusetts, possession of less than an ounce is no longer a crime but is now a civil offense. Possession It is a civil offense to possess one ounce or less of Marijuana. If found guilty the fine is $100. In […]

An Inmate Can Meditate to Alleviate Fears in Prison

If someone you know is in prison, you can be sure there is stress involved in that inmate's daily life. Prisons are loud, can be dangerous and there is very little freedom. In addition, simply being sentenced to do time disrupts life with regard to employment, family and other outside obligations. By the time the […]

Time Inmate Visitation So it Works

Many jails provide a variety of visitation options during the week and you should take advantage of this if you can. Though your inmate will be thrilled to see you at any time, strategic scheduling can make a big difference in the quality of the visit. Time of Day Choose a time that he or […]

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 […]

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 […]

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The Henderson County Jail in Athens, Henderson 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 Henderson 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 Henderson County Jail are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Henderson 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 Henderson 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.

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

Henderson County Jail Inmate Search

Texas Henderson 509
206-A North Murchison Street
Athens, TX 75751
Inmate's Full Name, ID #
Henderson County Jail
206-A North Murchison Street
Athens, TX 75751
Jail (Main): 903-677-6344
Sheriff: 903-677-6344
Athens Police: 903-677-0780


Tuesdays and Saturdays - 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Sundays - 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM


Family and Friends of Inmates can put money on their accounts by  using the kiosk in the lobby of the jail. 


Inmates can call you after you open a phone account with Infinity. The phone number to open an account is 866-681-2948. You will have to mail your inmate the calling instructions and PIN # so they can call you.

Henderson County Jail and Law Enforcement Center - Texas

Get a Special Visit If You Live Far From the Jail

The logistics of visiting an inmate who is incarcerated very far from where you live can be tricky. If the jail has very short visits or requires a specific visitation registration processes, it makes it even more difficult. Some jails make exceptions for those who must travel to visit the inmate. How Far is Far? […]

Understanding Inmate Calling Plans

Most jails and prison contract with third party vendors to provide a way for inmates to call their friends and families. Some of those companies only have one choice, but many of them provide a few options when you open and fund the account. Understanding what the different choices are will help you make a […]

Helpful Workout Routines if you are in State or Federal Prison

Incarceration is scary. It doesn't matter how old or tough you are, fear is a natural response to being sent to prison. Not showing that fear is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself while doing your time. Exercise is a perfect tool to alleviate fear. According to Harvard Health […]

Consequences of Introducing Contraband

It might be tempting to bring your inmate something from the outside, but doing so can have very serious consequences. If your inmate asks you to bring something illegal into the facility, he or she is not thinking clearly, therefore, it is up to you to be strong and not get the both of you […]

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

Best Days for Inmate Phone Calls

As much as you would like to talk to your inmate each day, the cost of inmate phone calls makes this impossible for most people. If your budget can only handle a couple of calls a week, tell your inmate to call you on Thursdays and Sundays. Thursday Thursday phone calls give you almost the […]

When 12-Step Programs Don't Work For You

The 12-Step program is not the only method used in rehabs to assist addicts in getting clean and living sober lifestyles. Some rehabs accomplish the same goals through the following means: Medication Medications are available to assist with addiction. For Opiate addicts, the medication blocks Opiate cravings and in some cases will cause you to […]

Parents in Jail: Getting a Preschool-aged Child Ready to Visit

Preschool-aged children are very attached to their parents. If one of them is suddenly arrested and incarcerated it can cause lots of anxiety. Allowing the child to visit the parent can help alleviate those fears but it is important to explain what's coming with age-appropriate discussions. Talk it over immediately Waiting too long to explain […]

He Expected Probation, Instead He Went to Jail.

My name is Jonathan. I thought I was going to get probation. Everyone I knew got probation for the same charge, but when I was called in front of the judge, he sentenced me to 30 days in jail. I was handcuffed, taken into custody in front of everyone in the courtroom, and brought to […]

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In Illinois?

Illinois law allows certain convicted felons to own or possess guns. Federal law still makes it a crime, and in some cases the feds have pursued prosecution in states that allow it. Only an attorney should advise you on this matter but the basics of Illinois laws are as follows: Your rights can be restored […]

Drug Addiction and Anger: Why Should I Do Anything for Him After All He Did?

When your boyfriend was doing drugs, there was chaos everywhere he went. Now that he completed rehab and is in recovery, he might need assistance with a few things to get started again. Putting your anger aside and helping him can provide the following benefits. Self-confidence: Whether he admits it or not, when he was […]

How to Survive Prison

Most people know the importance of working out and staying physically fit to survive prison, but mental strength and attitude play a huge role in getting through incarceration. Expand Your Skills If the prison offers classes, sign up for some. Whether it is music lessons, anger management or business math, anything you learn is something […]

Can a Felon Own a Gun In New Mexico?

Generally speaking, federal law makes it a crime for a convicted felon to own or possess a gun or ammunition. If you were convicted of a federal felony crime, you must receive a presidential pardon if you are to ever own a firearm again. Some states, however, have specifically designed laws regarding felons convicted of […]

Maine Marijuana Laws: Decriminalized but Still Tricky

Decriminalizing Pot doesn't always mean it is completely legal. Here are some current guidelines. Possession Unlike several other states that chose an ounce as the cutoff for a civil penalty, Maine allows you to possess up to 2.5 ounces and still receive a civil ticket. The fine is a flat $600 regardless of the amount. […]

Why Doesn't An Addict Get Clean After Overdosing?

As told by an addict who overdosed and almost died twice before giving up drugs. How often did you get high before you overdosed? By the time I overdosed the first time, I was getting high on a daily basis. I no longer took drugs to enjoy a high. I took them to avoid being […]

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  1. SAW Sun, Sep 11 2011 3:44 PM

    Inmate mailing address for this facility: Inmates name PO Box 2601 Athens, Tx 75751 You must open an account with Infinity Network (866-681-2948) deposit money into the account, also the pin # that inmate will use, for inmate to call. You will have to mail the inmate the calling instructions & pin #. Initial deposit for commissary funds can be done using a kiosk (reverse ATM) at the jail or going to a Moneygram location. I was unable to find a way of doing this via phone or Internet. Hope this is helpful information.

  2. John Doe Sun, Dec 11 2011 12:32 PM

    There are really bad and rude people that work at this jail. I am a truck driver broke down and no way to get to see or talk to my fiancee that was locked up while I am out on the road. I have called and they will not let me talk to her to find out if she is ok.

  3. Joel Wed, May 09 2012 4:14 AM

    How the hell do you put money on a defendant's books? Your website could be drastically improved and simplified. It looks like it was designed by a high school student struggling for extra credit.

  4. A loving family member Sat, Aug 18 2012 1:18 AM

    This hardly answers my questions. A freakin handbook would be to much trouble ay? This page doesnt have enough blogs, and is basically made for nosey rosie and Johnny rubbernecker. Jails very when it comes to inmates rules, what they are allowed to have if anything, do they get to make calls in this facility, and do they need calling cards? Are they allowed to have photoes of loved ones/ friends? How much commisary do they need to have,and what items are offerd in commisary? Just because someone has been charged with a crime does not mean they are guilty. And it might surprize you that some may end up in jail who has never been subjected to the system before or have they family members. There are lots of visitors who have never themselves been to jail as an inmate or visitor. I understand that this is JAIL but you'd think the rules would be more accesable to people.

  5. MOTHER Sat, Sep 15 2012 11:11 PM

    I have a young son in jail who has an abcessed tooth and when I visited him he looked bad! his face was all swoll up and was in pain. He said all they give is one 200mg iburofen. This infection can get into the blood steam and cause sepsis, whitch can be fatal if untreated. I am poor and bareley able to put money on his books every week. He says its around 100 bucks to see a dr!!! What? So the county conciders him expendable? he has never been in any trouble and has not even been convicted of the crime he was indicted for! I think this matter needs atten NOW! And I will look into it!

  6. Relative Wed, Nov 28 2012 6:56 PM

    Horace Joe Barker is a innocence man. Two trials, both racial. Where was witnesses for the defendant, where was the evidence and he was cleared by CPS. Is it possible this victim was born with herpes and her brother. Why her mother didn't testify? Why wasn't her past question. A lot of unanswered question for the defendant. Life without parole, come on now. Why was the first trial victim didn't tell the truth? Why did her assailant walk free. Innocence until proven guilty. In this case Innocence was over looked. No Justice when you is BLACK in Athens Texas.

  7. FELICIA Fri, Dec 14 2012 8:09 PM

    what is the visitation time and day for the men?

  8. denise Mon, Dec 17 2012 1:38 PM

    Felicia: Tues & Sat; 2-7 Sunday 5-10

  9. sandra Sun, Jan 13 2013 11:08 PM

    how do i get a phone card to my son that is in jail in athens tx

  10. tusabeskiensoy Fri, Apr 05 2013 12:51 AM

    my husband is in jail in athens tx and the motherfukers r racist......they deport ppl for fukin first offenses....fuk my fsmily is what u r basically tellin me hu..fuk mine fuk urs too bitches

  11. CONCERNED PARENT Tue, May 07 2013 11:28 PM

    First time at Henderson County jail today. Not impressed with anything. Guards are MEAN to the inmates,they are rude and don't give a shit about the inmates. They must have forgotten their name ISN'T GOD. Our taxes take care of their paychecks. Wish I could be a guard there for one of their family members. HEY, HENDERSON COUNTY PUKS, GO GET LAID. Athens is nasty!

  12. Lindsay Sat, Jun 29 2013 11:23 PM

    This jail is a straight joke i just called to ask about trustee info and i was informed they fill out the paper and sned it in but the cop on the phone says there a waiting period wouldnt tell me how long or if there was a wait for trustee he said theyll fill it out and give it to them -- i told him well this is a hell of a way to give information oh fill this out and give it to them - ive had 3 and 4 year olds answer better and more d-scriptly ..... This jail is as back wooded as the country bumpkins that work for them . also there only allowed 2 visits per week 30 mins each oh and if u want to come sunday b prepaired to wait 2 hours he said 1 1/2 idk what schools these cops came outta but a hour and half is 2 hours u DUMB FUCKKKKKKKKKKK

  13. dumbcops Sat, Jun 29 2013 11:31 PM

    you sign up at 3;30 and have to set and wait till 5 STRAIGHT JOKE ! Also he wouldnt say how long the wait is for trustee and if there was any avab spots basiclly in his own words " fill it out and hand it in " okay then what ? /How long to they wait to hear back if there any open slots mama idk - sir u should ur a employee there ....they should be able to tellyou how long it will take to be trustee and he also said they have to be passed by medical. I also know once there trustee they can be allowed smoke ciggs or chew dip ,also my bf told me there starving in there unless u have $ on your books your going to starve - he didnt have any $ till 3 days after he was there and needless to say didnt eat there jail house slop so he was throwing up and sickly from not eating they treat these people like animals or worse and hes ONLY IN THERE 4 TICKETS . I'm from Dallas idc what ppl say DAllas county and mesquite are some of the best jails and have great works who actually like there job and give proper information when asked . I'Ve never been in trouble so Im not inclined with this mess so I ask questions a as anyone who dosnt know you would think there making 300$ a head for each imate they could answer a few questions

  14. wondering Sun, Jul 07 2013 2:50 PM

    When is visitation for female inmates?

  15. sherri Thu, Jul 25 2013 3:01 PM

    I do not know if anyone who really cares read these comments I am not sure there is anyone who cares working at this Athens jail. The only real information you can get is from the professional visitors. They even have their own sign in list so no one gets in line in front of anyone I found out first visit they mean as much business as the guards maybe more. I hate the 3 to 4 hour wait as much as I hate that my son is in there. You must get there 2 hrs before sign in starts and know where you are in the so called line up to sign in be ready to wait 4 to 5 hrs if you are very lucky. The signage in waiting room is 15 years old everyone knows how expensive those little stick on ltrs are. My son has been there for less than a week I have seen him twice he looks really bad and is hungry. I did not know how to get him money until second visit. I have cried everyday and night because I can not get him out for at least 2 more weeks. The people that run that place act like we broke the law right along with our loved ones. They also forget that they are our loved ones. If they screwed up would they want people to treat their mothers, sisters, wives, or fathers the same way they treat us.

  16. Open Their Eyes Lord Sat, Jul 27 2013 5:30 PM

    This is a good website to get the information needed on visitation, list of what they can buy and how much it costs and rules and regulations. http://www.hendersoncountydetention.com My prayer is that you understand these employees do have to be tough to work there and it is their job to protect the public. Not ever one in jail is innocent and not every criminal is in jail. If people would work instead of selling drugs or stealing, get high on Lord instead of drugs and alcohol, beat up the bad guys instead of wives and children, allow the schools to correct children that are out o control, if instead of just sedating children with medications to stop them from acting out and get them counseling and anger management help, teach our dughters to respect them selves and to be more independent and not have have sex and a baby with every guy that feeds them a line of crap, teach our sons to respect themselves and others especially the daughters of others, and not to reproduce children the state has to support because they are so lazy and selfish, the welfare system was supposed to help a person get back on their feet not keep girls having babies for a living and lazy bum guys mooching off of these girls for a living and having more children to bring up the same way, if people were taught to respect the laws and not to find every way to break them for a living, maybe there would be less crime and more good hard working people in this world and less angry hard working tax payers that have to carry the load for them. The elderly and disabled persons go hungry and without medication, medical treatment, a good home, transportation and help even bathing because of the criminals and lazy people of this world. I am so sick of hearing how the criminals and lazy bums of this world are so mistreated, they didn't do it, they didn't deserve to be treated that way, they did everything they could, they are being discriminated against, !!!! Get a real job, support your children, get educated on right from wrong, get the Lord in your life and pass it on to the children you are bringing into this world and by the way the Ladies, The State of Texas did not get you pregnant and it is not the responsibility of the State of Texas to raise, feed, cloth and keep your children healthy, it is yours and that lazy bum man you breed with, get educated on child support. If you are getting Snap and Medicaid and Tanf from the State to take care of your children -- You are not supporting your children the hard working tax payers are, get real. Yes we are all just one decision away from being a criminal, a drug addict, an alcoholic, a murderer, a single mother, ++++ Make better decisions+++++ I have children too, I have had family in Jail and Prison, YES they were guilty, if you don't want to be treated the way they treat you don't keep doing what you do that gets you there. Yes I am one of those God Loving people and The Lord says we are to love one another but he also says we are not to keep throwing our Pearls before Swine. The evilness of this world is the devils play ground and the whole world shouldn't have to pay for the ones that choose to play in it.

  17. Ace&Joker Wed, Aug 28 2013 10:46 PM

    @OPEN THEIR EYES LORD: yeah here's where I tell u not every one there is a criminal. This whole world is crooked. Open ur eyes jackass. First off my husband is in jail for 'assaualt' because he threw a donut at me when I THREW A BLENDER AT HIM. they say supposedly 'witnesses' say he kicked me in the face. Ha Wtfe there wasn't a mark on me they take pictures. oh yes plz keep them so the judge will see that there is NO PROOF of the supposedly kick to my face. Fuck all them. They don'tt know right from wrong. I told them that he didn't but they didn't care cuz someone call'd wow that's fuck'd up!!!!!! I love you Wesley Bear!!<3

  18. Amanda Sun, Nov 03 2013 10:48 AM

    @ open their eyes lord... regardless of if they are innocent or not they still have rights! They are still US citizens, and don't deserve to be treated as if the are shit on the bottom of your shoe! They do not deserve to be starved! For someone who starts off their post with something like that then you should know you are not the one to judge!

  19. Yankee Sun, Jan 12 2014 11:23 AM

    http://www.texasjailproject.org/ Contact Texas Jail Project with your stories. They are aware of other mis-treatments of inmates and are actively working towards improving conditions at the Henderson County Jail. Your story could make a difference.

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