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Ellis County Short-Term Detention Facility General Information

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The Ellis County Short-Term Detention Facility in Waxahachie, Ellis 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 Ellis County Short-Term Detention Facility 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 Ellis County Short-Term Detention Facility are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Ellis 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 Ellis County Short-Term Detention Facility 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 Ellis County, Texas are: Ellis County Jail, Grand Prairie Jail.

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

Ellis County Short-Term Detention Facility Inmate Search

Texas Ellis 4
111 W. Franklin
Waxahachie, TX 75165


The Ellis County Jail uses video visitation. Visiting days are Tuesday to Saturday from 2:00 PM until 10:00 PM.


Commissary, Phone Calls and Bail Money can be deposited online using TouchPayOnline.com.


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