The Dallas County Old Jail
in , Dallas 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 Dallas County Old 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 Dallas County Old Jail
are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Dallas 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 Dallas County Old 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.
The other jail facilities in Dallas County, Texas are: Arlington Police Department Jail
, Carrollton Jail
, Dallas County George Allen Jail
, Dallas County Jail - Decker Detention Center
, Dallas County Jail - North Tower
, Dallas County Jail - South Tower
, Dallas County Jail - Suzanne Lee Kays Detention Facility
, Dallas County Jail - West Tower
, Garland City Jail
, Grand Prairie Jail
, Mesquite Jail
, Richardson City Jail
. In addition, Dallas County houses the following juvenile facilities: Dallas Co. Marzelle Hill Transition Ctr
, Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center
, Dallas County Letot Center
, Dallas County Medlock Treatment
, Dallas County Residential Drug Trtmt
, Dallas County Youth Village
On this page you will find direct links to specific information that friends and family members of inmates will find useful: Dallas County Inmate Search, Inmate Phone use, Visitation Rules and Schedules, Commissary Deposits and Information about the Dallas County Old Jail
Inmate Mail Guidelines. In addition, you will find information on how to contact the facility, directions to the jail, Dallas County recent arrests, Most Wanted, outstanding Arrest Warrants and much more.
Dallas County Old Jail Inmate Search
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Dallas County Criminal Courts Building
There are six detention facilities within the Dallas County Sheriff's Department. These facilities can house more than 7,100 inmates. The old Jail is currently closed, but has a lot of hisstory
Across from Daley Plaza, stands a building that was constructed in 1913 and 1914.
It was originally thought to be an escape-proof jail since it was in a high-rise building, but several escapes took place when it was open, including some members of Clyde Barrow's notorious gang.
Jack Ruby was detained in the "Old Jail," when he was arrested for shooting Lee Harvey Oswald. Lee Harvey Oswald was detained by the City of Dallas Police Department until he was charged with felony murder, for the murder of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Oswald was being transferred into the County's custody when he was shot by Jack Ruby.
When the "Old Jail" was constructed, Dallas County still participated in hangings. Executions on gallows were conducted outside until the "Old Jail" was complete. "Death Row" prisoners were then hanged inside the "Old Jail" until the mid-1920's.