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Harris County - The 1200 Jail
1200 Baker Street
Houston, TX 77002

713-755-5300

The Harris County - The 1200 Jail is the main jail in Harris County Texas. While the police in the cities and towns in Harris County can arrest and detain offenders, the Harris County - The 1200 Jail is the facility that is accredited by Texas to hold inmates for more than 72 hours.

The Harris County - The 1200 Jail, located at:
1200 Baker Street
Houston, TX 77002 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 713-755-5300.

The main reason that people call 713-755-5300 is to find out if a particular person is in custody, although you can look up an inmate online by going here. You can also get answers to whatever questions about an inmate, and the services for Harris County - The 1200 Jail that you may have by clicking on any of the questions below:

How to search for an inmate?
Can you look up an inmate’s mugshot?
How do you look up an offender’s criminal charges, bond or inmate number?
How do you visit an inmate?
What are the visitation hours?
Can you visit inmates in Harris County by video from home?
How do you get phone calls from an inmate?
Can you send mail, books, or newspapers to an inmate?
How do you send an inmate money?
Does Harris County - The 1200 Jail have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Harris County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Harris County - The 1200 Jail has approximately 91120 bookings, with a daily average of 4556 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 1139.

Inmates in this jail range from low level misdemeanor offenders to those being held and awaiting trial for violent crimes like robbery, rape, and murder. Therefore, given the mix of potentially dangerous inmates, the security level is very high. 

The Harris County - The 1200 Jail is equipped with a state-of-the-art locking system, closed circuit cameras covering every area where inmates are located, and jail staff that utilize a communication system that keeps each of the guards and civilian staff in constant contact. 

Guards that circulate in the same general area of the inmates are armed with eye-blinding mace that will turn an inmate having a violent outburst into a weeping child. They also carry stun weapons, short clubs, flashlights that have dual use as both a light source and as a weapon, and handcuffs. Guards at entrances and in areas not frequented by inmates are armed with various firearms. The goal of such tight security is to keep both the staff and the inmates safe.

For other jails in Harris County, jails in neighboring counties, and local police jails and juvenile detention centers for young offenders under age 18 in this county, click here.

Unlike the Texas Department of Corrections, where inmates are sent once convicted of a crime and sentenced to a period of more than a year, the Harris County Jail System is populated by short-term offenders; those who have just been arrested and awaiting to be bonded out by friends or family, those who cannot afford or get bailed and are awaiting trial, or those who have already been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a term of less than one year. Many of the latter inmates become ‘workers’, who can reduce their sentence by performing jail maintenance or working in the kitchen. An upside to being a worker is they also get paid a small stipend so when they get released, they have a few dollars in their pocket.

When an inmate is convicted and sentenced to a year or more, they are transferred to the Texas Department of Corrections or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

Inmates that are convicted of a misdemeanor and/or sentenced to less than one year of a state crime serve their time in the Harris County - The 1200 Jail. 

Illegal immigrants convicted of a state or federal crime will first do their time, then may be transferred into ICE custody for deportation.

How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Harris County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Harris County - The 1200 Jail follow these steps:

  • Register here to create an account with icaregifts for Harris County.
  • Choose Texas, then Harris County - The 1200 Jail, and then the products you want shipped to them, and input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Harris County at any one time.
  • There are a total of fourteen (14) pre-determined icaregift packs available to choose from. 
  • The gift packs for inmates in Harris County range in price from $10.49 for ten pre-stamped envelopes, 2 pens and a pad of writing paper, to $104.99 for a box of 85 snack and food items.

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Harris County - The 1200 Jail, as well as sending money to the inmate so that they can purchase their own items, check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Harris County.


 

How an Inmate Makes a Phone Call to You or Others from Harris County - The 1200 Jail

To set up a phone account so that your inmate can call you from Harris County do the following:

1. Enroll in an account with Securus Technologies.

2. Choose one of three account types, Securus Debit, Advance Connect or Direct Bill.
3. Choose [facility_name_1}, then connect with your inmate.
4. If you have any questions, call Securus: 972-734-1111 or 800-844-6591.

To find out fees, how to's, calling times, limits on phone calls and other systems Securus has do that you can communicate with your Harris County inmate, check out our Inmate Phone Page.
NOTE: All of your inmate's phone calls are recorded and stored. It is advised not to discuss their pending case.


 

How to Schedule and Visit an Inmate in Harris County - The 1200 Jail

To schedule and set up a visit, either at-the-jail or remotely from your home, follow these instructions:

  • Register and/or log in.
  • Select Harris County - The 1200 Jail, then your inmate.
  • Review the days, available hours and the cost of remote and on-site visits in Harris County.
  • Schedule your visit.

To get more complete instructions, and understand visit lengths, times, locations, fees and all the other rules including children, dress codes and more, check out or Visit Inmate Page.
NOTE: All visits are recorded and whatever you say and do will be monitored. It is best to never discuss sensitive information regarding your inmate's pending case.


 

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Harris County - The 1200 Jail

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Harris County - The 1200 Jail supervised their own phone system, mail system, visitation, commissary and inmate money deposit systems. Jails throughout the United States are now partnering with high tech companies to provide and manage these servives for them and the jail in Harris County is no different.

Everything from video calls, to messages to visitation, and even digital mail and money deposits can be done from your home computer or personal device. Inmates in Harris County - The 1200 Jail, if they don't already, will soon have their own personal tablets for watching movies, TV shows, access to educational and and legal information, and more.

As Harris County - The 1200 Jail adds these services, JAILEXCHANGE will add them to our pages, helping you access the services and answering your questions about how to use them and what they cost.

You can check out this information now by going to the: Family Info page, Visit Inmate page, Inmate Mail page, Inmate Phone page, Send Money page, Inmate Bail page, Mugshots page, Text/Email an Inmate page, Commissary page, Remote Visits page, or the Tablet Rental page. 

Harris County - The 1200 Jail

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Texas Harris 4,556


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

1200 Baker Street
Houston, TX 77002


TELEPHONE NUMBER


FAX

713-755-6228

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name
1200 Baker Street
Houston, TX 77002


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Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Harris County - The 1200 Jail in Texas?
There are 4556 inmates in the Harris County - The 1200 Jail in Texas. While that is what they are approved to have incarcerated at any one time, they have on occasion had to add additional beds, even having inmates sleep on the floor when overcrowding becomes an issue. When possible, Harris County - The 1200 Jail will temporarily transfer some inmates to a neighboring facility, or if necessary, release some offenders from custody. Learn more about how to search for a specific inmate in the Harris County - The 1200 Jail.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Harris County - The 1200 Jail in Texas every year?
In 2021, a total of 91120 offenders were booked into the Harris County - The 1200 Jail in Texas. That is less than previous years, mostly due to restrictions related to the COVID pandemic. As of April 2022, the number of arrests and bookings are returning to normal, which means they are running higher than 2021. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Harris County - The 1200 Jail.

How many people work at the Harris County - The 1200 Jail in Texas?
The Harris County - The 1200 Jail maintains a staff of approximately 1139. Staff positions include correction officers, maintenance, clerical, kitchen workers and management. Texas law allows for inmates to work alongside the paid staff during their incarceration, saving the facility money. Even though the inmates are paid, the cost is less than 15% of what a normal worker from the outside would be paid.

Does the Harris County - The 1200 Jail in Texas have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Harris County - The 1200 Jail in Texas has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Harris County - The 1200 Jail. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Harris County - The 1200 Jail INMATE LIST'. After clicking on the link, type in the offender's name and then click 'search'. You can always call and speak to someone on the staff at 713-755-5300 if you are have further questions. In most cases the Inmate Roster provides information about the inmate's bond, criminal charges, mugshot, and even their release date, as long as they are not being sent to a Texas prison or the US Bureau of Prisons to serve a sentence that is longer than one year.

What is the address and phone number of the Harris County - The 1200 Jail in Texas?
The Harris County - The 1200 Jail address and phone number is: 1200 Baker Street
Houston, TX 77002. Their phone number is 713-755-5300. To find out the address for sending an inmate mail, sending newspapers, magazines or care packages, learn more about how to mail an inmate in the Harris County - The 1200 Jail.

Where do I found out all the inmate services at Harris County - The 1200 Jail, such as visitation policy and schedule, how the inmate phone system works, emailing an inmate, and sending them money to buy things in commissary?
Here is where you get direct access to all the information you need for Harris County - The 1200 Jail inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the Harris County - The 1200 Jail. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the Harris County - The 1200 Jail. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Harris County - The 1200 Jail. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Harris County - The 1200 Jail. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the Harris County - The 1200 Jail. Learn more about inmate commissary in the Harris County - The 1200 Jail.

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Harris County - The 1200 Jail?
Call 713-755-5300 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Harris County - The 1200 Jail. A bond is set according to a court-approved schedule. You will either have to pay a cash bail, or put up a private, surety or a property bond to guarantee to the court that the defendant will return on their assigned court date. Learn more about how to bail or bond out an inmate in the Harris County - The 1200 Jail.

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