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Harris County Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule

Harris County
Main Phone: 713-755-5300
Beds: 10,000
The information below provides complete instructions regarding Harris County Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Houston, Texas.

Following these instructions exactly will enhance your chances of getting official approval to visit an inmate.

It is highly recommended that prior to an inmate visit you call the jail at 713-755-5300 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

Harris County Jail Visiting Hours, Schedule and Instructions

Step 1

Bring a valid, state or federally issued photo ID. Examples include a driver’s license from any state, a passport, a military ID or a state identification card.

Click here  to determine which jail address the inmate is being housed in.

Step 2

Arrive 15-30 minutes before you wish to visit to present you ID and be cleared.

Who Can Visit an Inmate in Harris County Jail

As long as you are over 18, (or a minor accompanied by an adult) and have proper identification you can visit an inmate at this facility with the following exceptions:

If you are currently on misdemeanor or felony probation you cannot visit. Each visitor’s identification is run through a nationwide check to determine whether the visitor is on probation or has an active warrant.

If there is a protective order in place between you and the inmate, you will not be allowed to visit and you could be arrested at the jail for attempting to visit.

If you have a warrant for your arrest anywhere in the country, you will be arrested at the jail either before, during or after your visit.

This facility allows up to two adults and two children to visit an inmate at a time.  

Visitors who are 17-years-old must present a state or federally issued photo ID. Those 16 and under do not have to show ID but must be accompanied by someone who is 17 or older.

This facility will allow you to visit an inmate if you have a felony conviction in your past as long as you are not on probation or parole at the time of the visit.

Call 713-755-5300 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.

The Harris County Jail reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.

Harris County Jail Visitation Application Process

Harris County Jail does not require you to go through an application process before visiting an inmate.

Click here to go to the jail's website for more information about the application process. 

Visiting Hours in Harris County Jail

Monday  - NO VISITS

Tuesday -  4:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Visitors will not be accepted after 8:40 p.m.)

Wednesday -  4:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Visitors will not be accepted after 8:40 p.m.)

Thursday - NO VISITS

Friday - NO VISITS

Saturday - 3:30 - 9:00 p.m. (Visitors will not be accepted after 8:40 p.m.)

Sunday -  3:30 - 9:00 p.m. (Visitors will not be accepted after 8:40 p.m.)

If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, Harris County Jail may allow you an extended visitation. Call 713-755-5300 to ask for special consideration.

Call 713-755-5300 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.

Harris County Jail Visitation Dress Code

The Harris 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.

This facility is extremely strict about dress code compliance. Be sure to bring a long-sleeved sweater or shirt and long pair of pants with you. This way if the guard takes issue with what you are wearing, you can quickly change and not miss your visit.

Call 713-755-5300 to ask specific questions about the Harris County Jail Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.

Harris County Jail Visitation Tips, Rules and Guidelines

Jail visits are conducted in person behind plexi-glass.

Leave all personal belongings, except for your state ID in your vehicle or you can use a jail provided locker. You will be asked to turn the locker key in as soon as your visit is finished and you have had a minute to gather your things from the locker

Inmates are allowed a 20 minute visit once per day. You can go as many days per week as visits are allowed.

Coordinate with friends and family to be sure everyone gets a chance to visit and to prevent showing up at the jail only to be turned away because someone already visited the inmate that day.

Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.

You cannot bring anything to the inmate during a visit.

Call 713-755-5300 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Harris County Jail visitation.

'At Home' Video 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.

Video visitation is slowly gaining favor with all jails in America as jail management realizes the financial savings and reduced security risks involved with remote visitation.

Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Harris County Jail – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.

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