Be sure the inmate has placed you on the approved visitor list at the jail. (Only Immediate family members are allowed to visit)
Ask the inmate to schedule a visit and tell you what time to arrive.
Arrive at the jail 15 minutes prior to your scheduled visit.
Leave everything except your car key and ID in the vehicle.
Sign in for the visit at the desk and show your valid, state-issued photo ID.
This jail only allows immediate family members of inmates to visit. Immediate family members include parents, children, siblings, grandparents and spouses or common-law spouses. Step-relatives do NOT count as immediate family members.
Up to three visitors including children may visit an inmate at the same time.
Children 14-years-old and under do not need to be on the approved list.
If you are the victim of the crime the inmate is charged with, you will not be allowed to visit.
If you and the inmate are under a court order to have no contact with each other, your visit will be denied.
The Galveston County Jail reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.
Galveston County Jail requires that the inmate submit your name, birthdate and address on an approved visitor form request.
This jail has visitation seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Visitation times and days for each inmate depend on where the inmate is housed. The visitation schedule rotates, therefore, the inmate scheduling the visit must check the available time slots, schedule the visit and inform visitors what time to arrive.
Visits are 30 minutes each.
Each inmate is permitted up to two visits per week but cannot have more than one visit per day.
NOTE: If you must travel more than 200 miles from your residence to the jail for a visit, you may arrange for a special visit which will last longer than a standard visit. The length of visit will be determined by the shift supervisor.
Your inmate must schedule special visits at least seven days in advance.
The Galveston County Jail staff will turn anyone away who is not dressed appropriately for a visit.
The best way to be sure the visit takes place is to dress as if you are meeting someone's grandmother for the first time.
Wear clothes that are not revealing.
Don't wear see-through material.
Have all undergarments covered (males and females) and avoid a lot of cleavage.
Shorts and skirts should reach mid-thigh.
Sleeves should be at least half-way to your elbow.
The following types of clothing are also prohibited:
Clothing promoting gang affiliation.
Anything displaying drugs, weapons or profanity.
Clothing depicting anything obscene.
Call 409-766-2315 to ask specific questions about the Galveston County Jail Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.
Children 0-14 years of age must be accompanied by a parent.
Children 15-16 must be accompanied by an adult, but the adult does not have to be the child’s parent.
Children 17-18 may visit unaccompanied as long as the child is an immediate family member and can show a valid, state-issued photo ID.
Leave all personal belongings, except for your state ID in your vehicle or in a locker (if one is provided).
Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.
Call 409-766-2315 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Galveston County Jail visitation.
Many jails are implementing video visits. These visits are conducted via the Internet on computers, IPADS and Smart phones.
Video visits allow the visit to take place in the privacy of your own home. Some family members 'take their inmate with them' to church, the park, the doctor or anywhere else simply by signing in and bringing the device along.
Video visits save you from having to get your children ready, drive to the jail, wait in long lines and go through security checkpoints just to see the inmate.
This jail does not offer home video visitation, but the policy can change at any time.
Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Galveston County Jail – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.