The information below provides complete instructions regarding Baytown Municipal Jail inmate phone use, how the jail phone system works, purchasing phone time online (where available), purchasing phone time over the phone online (where available), purchasing phone credits through commissary (where available) and setting up an account to reduce your cost of inmate phone calls from the Harris County Jail in Baytown, Texas.
When available, the information below will explain how to communicate with your inmate using the jail's secure email message system.
Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate has access to the jail phones and your communication costs are reduced as much as possible.
No. Neither this jail nor any other jail allows you to directly phone an inmate.
There is no way for you to directly leave a message for the inmate. Letters, visits, postcards and phone calls are the only methods of communication available.
Many jails are now contracting with a third party service (for a fee) which allows you to leave a recorded phone message for an inmate.
To see if the Baytown Municipal Jail has this service, go here or call 281.422.8371.
Baytown Municipal Jail, allows inmates to make traditionally placed collect calls to friends and family members under the following conditions:
The phone company that the landline belongs to allows collect calls. In some cases, you need to pay a deposit to accept collect calls. In other cases, the phone company in questions blocks all calls from jails and prisons.
The person on the other end chooses to accept collect calls from this jail.
No. Inmates are not allowed cell phones in Baytown Municipal Jail, although getting access to a cell phone in jail has become more common.
Some states such as California have made it a criminal offense to use and possess a cell phone and will file additional charges when it can be connected to an inmate. Cell phones are most often smuggled into the jail and then sold to the inmates by jail staff.
A growing number of jails now offer email services to inmates and their families. This can save you time by letting you view your email from your smart phone, computer, or tablet, whenever you wish.
You don't have to deal with envelopes, stamps or the post office.
Inmates like it because the emails typically eliminate delayed mail runs so they can get your correspondence quickly and send responses immediately.
Jail staffs like it as it eliminates concerns about contraband entering the facility in envelopes and on paper. It also allows the jail to have an electronic record that can be called upon at any time.
Anything you or your inmate writes in an email service is put through a filtering program that looks for certain words related to criminal and/or gang activities.
There have been multiple cases in which emails between inmates and their friends or loved ones have been used as evidence in criminal court cases to convict them or to file new charges.
Call 281.422.8371 or click here to see if email services are being offered at this jail and if so, how to sign up you and your inmate.
If you were unable to find the information you were looking for on this page, call Baytown Municipal Jail at 281.422.8371 and ask their policies on getting phone calls from your inmate.
This facility does not restrict the number of calls or minutes an inmate can use on the phone each month with the following exceptions:
The inmate loses phone privileges due to behavior write-ups.
The inmate attempts to call someone he or she is prevented by court order from contacting.
The inmate continues to call a number in which the owner of the number has notified the jail that he or she doesn’t want the inmate to call.
The inmate or the entire POD is on lock-down status.
If your inmate does not call you during the time you both have scheduled, don't panic. There are often long lines for phone use. When a jail is on lockdown due to a fight or other security issue they do not allow the phones to be used.
Phones are the only way for an inmate to hear your voice and temporarily 'escape' the loneliness of incarceration, so use your time well. Arguing about anything will leave you both feeling empty and guilty, so avoid it at all costs.
All phone conversations are recorded. Whatever you talk about, can and will be used against your inmate in court. Never discuss their pending criminal case!
Click here to view the jail website for additional information.