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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

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Why and How Drugs Are Divided Into Different Classes and Levels

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Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Michigan

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

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Voting Rights for Felons in Alabama

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Can a Felon Own a Gun In West Virginia?

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Understanding Inmate Calling Plans

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Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Louisiana

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Fun Ideas to Mail to Your Inmate

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A Guide to Inmate Visitation Online

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What Does a 15 Years to Life Sentence Mean?

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Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Hawaii

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Inmate Voting Rights: Can I Vote After Being Convicted of a Misdemeanor Offense?

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Five Fun Photo Ideas to Send Pictures to Your Inmate

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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

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Average Prison Sentence Per Offense

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What if an Inmate Becomes Terminally Ill?

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How To Keep an Inmate Involved in the Lives of the Children

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Can a Felon Possess a Gun In Georgia?

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When Your Online Search Doesn't Find Your Inmate

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Can a Felon Own a Gun Oklahoma?

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Three Ways to Make Jail Calls Cheaper

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How to Get Your Visitation Suspension Lifted

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Can a Felon Possess a Gun In Illinois?

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4 Good Places to Find Prison Pen Pals

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

The Social Security Administration (SSA) can only stop your benefits if the arrest warrant is for a fleeing crime. If there is a warrant for something other than fleeing, it does not qualify for benefit cut off or forced repayment. Historically, the SSA stopped benefits for anyone who had an arrest warrant for any reason. […]

What is an Inmate Money or Commissary Account?

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He is a Drug Addict, but he Keeps Passing Drug Tests – How?

The probation department has the ability to send a test off to be examined for tampering, but you don't have those same connections. Understanding how they can be cheated will help you test him more effectively. Related: How do America's drug courts work? The Houdini switch Drug users have this down to a science. Everyone […]

Drastically Reduce the Cost of Calls from Your Out of State Inmate

Most facilities contract with a third-party company so you can fund prepaid calls, but if those calls are long distance, it can become cost-prohibitive. Luckily there is a way to pay local call rates for long-distance calls on a prepaid service. First, Do Some Very Basic Research Find out the area code for the jail […]

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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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