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How to Search for an Inmate in Cameron County Texas

To find out if a person is incarcerated in the Cameron County Jail system in Brownsville, Texas, go to the Cameron County Current Inmate List

This page offers three options for searching:

  • Search by Name
  • Search by Booking Date
  • Search by Scrolling


  • Use the dropdown menu to the left of the “Find” button to choose “DefName”.
  • Enter the inmate’s last name.
  • Click on “Find”.

TIP: If you are unsure of the spelling of the inmate’s name, you can enter the first letter or two of the last name and click on “Find”. All inmates whose last names begin with the letters you entered will be displayed.


  • Use the dropdown menu to the left of the “Find” button to choose “BookingDt”.
  • Enter the inmate’s booking date,
  • Click on “Find”.

NOTE: You must put in the exact booking date or your search results will be wrong. If you are unsure of the number or the results are wrong, try the “Search by Name” option.


  • The entire inmate roster is displayed.
  • Use your cursor to scroll through the list until you find your inmate.

TIP: They are listed alphabetically by last name.

TIP: if the inmate’s name is at the end of the alphabet, use the page number links on the bottom left of the page to click on the black arrow to the right of page numbers. This will take you to the last page and you can scroll backwards through the list to locate the inmate.


Once your inmate is listed, click on the name to view:

  • Inmate’s Cameron County Mugshot
  • First and Last Name
  • Booking Number
  • Booking Date
  • Charges
  • Bail Information and Amount
  • Next Court Date


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At the bottom right side of the page, click on the correct court date. (You can get this date from the inmate search).

TIP: This page only allows you to search the current week’s dockets.

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With more than 9,000 jails and prisons across the country, trying to locate an inmate can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. On this page, you will find the Cameron County inmate search, inmate lists, inmate roster, arrest reports and/or booking information for the Harlingen City Jail in the city of Harlingen, Cameron County in the state of Texas.

With a minimal amount of information about the inmate and some patience, on jailexchange.com you can:


Recent Arrests and/or Pre-trial Inmates in Harlingen City Jail

If you are certain your inmate is in Harlingen City Jail, or at the very least in Cameron County, go to this page to search for them.

If the Harlingen City Jail inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call 956-216-5400 for assistance in locating your inmate.

The Harlingen City Jail is "open" 24-hours-a-day. When you call, give the staff member the name of who you are looking for and a birthdate or age if you have it. That person will let you know if your inmate is there.

At minimum you will need a first and last name. If you can provide the middle name or initial that is even better. In a perfect world you will also have the inmate's birthdate, but if not, an estimated age will help.

If you are not sure what county jail the inmate is located in, it helps to at least know the geographic area. Knowing what state the inmate is in is good; knowing which county is even better.

In some cases, there will be more than one possibility. Use patience and check them all. Go here to get started on a search for any jail in the state of Texas or go to this page to begin a search for all jails in the United States.

If your inmate has been charged but not yet convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, he or she will most likely be held in Cameron County within the county where the crime occurred. If you only have the city name, look up the city's police department, call and ask them if they keep inmates at a local jail or send them to the county jail. If they are sent to the Cameron County Jail, either look them up here or call 956-216-5400 for assistance.

Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at Cameron County Jail until transport to a Texas State Prison is available. Inmates sentenced to less than one year incarceration or those convicted to serve time for misdemeanors will do their time in the Cameron County Jail system.

Jailexchange.com has a complete page of all available information to assist families and friends of inmates in Harlingen City Jail and every other jail, prison and juvenile detention center in America.

How to find an Inmate already convicted of a felony and sentenced in the state of Texas

State Inmate

Most states have Department of Corrections websites that allow you to type in a felon's first and last name and pull up inmates in that state. Go to this page for inmates in Texas. If you need to find an inmate in another state prison system, go here.

When you click next to the inmate's name or on a link, it will show you which jail or prison the inmate is housed in. If the inmate is no longer incarcerated, but is on parole/probation or discharged, it will tell you that as well. In addition, many state prison inmate pages show recent mug shots.

Federal Inmate

The federal prison system has its own inmate locator called the Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator.

Type in the inmate's name and it will tell you where he or she is incarcerated and their projected release date. It also lists released federal prison inmates and the date they were released.

Federal inmates who are moved from one prison to another will show as "No longer in federal custody" on the system until they reach their next federal prison destination. This movement can take a few days to several months to complete, so keep checking back to find out where the inmate was taken.

ICE Inmates

The ICE Detainee Lookup allows friends, family members and interested parties to locate illegal and/or undocumented immigrants that are in the United States without permission.

They are held in detention centers approved by Immigration Custody and Enforcement until their hearing or date they are deported back to their home country.

To look up the detainee, users need the full legal name the person used upon their arrest and the country the person claimed they originated from. It helps to also have the "A-number", which is the number that ICE assigned to them upon their detention, which you can use instead of attempting to type the detainee's name.