Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Harris County Jail in Texas
How to Contact an Inmate in the Harris County Jail System
There are many jails within the Harris County Jail System. This is essentially an overview of you can contact someone who is housed in one of the Harris County Jails. If you are looking for information regarding a specific facility you should either go here and search the facility or call the facility directly.
Most rules in the Harris County Jails are very similar but they can vary so if you have questions that you are uncertain of be sure to investigate the individual facilities information as well.
There are a few ways to contact a person in Harris County Jails, but the first thing you need to know is that visits are not contact visits. With that in mind, you can visit, mail, or speak to an inmate on the telephone. Of course all forms of contact have rules so we will cover those to make sure you are aware.
We will cover visitation separately because it has a few rules that need described in a bit more detail. Also, in case you are wondering inmates do not have any way to have contact via email.
Remember the importance of following the rules so that everyone can continue to have the privileges of mail and the telephone. These rules are designed to keep the staff, inmates, families, and visitors safe so they are truly good for everyone.
Phone contact in the Harris County Jail System
In order to talk to an inmate on the phone, they must call you. They can call out collect to your phone or you can set up an account called an Advance Pay account which will allow them to call out to that number. You will still have to accept the calls when they come in, but they are prepaid so it is must easier for both of you.
You cannot call into the facility, so you will need to have one of these options in place. If you want to set up an Advance Pay account you can call Securus at 1-800-844-6591. Their representative will assist you and educate you on how the account works so you won't have to worry about not talking to your loved one.
Also, if you have any problems with restricted numbers or fraudulent charges from an inmate, Securus is where you would want to begin. They are experts in the telephone systems of incarceration facilities and they will be happy to help you.
Remembering the rules we mentioned above, the main one with phone calls is that they can be monitored and/or recorded.
Mail contact into Harris County Jail System
Mail is a great way to communicate. There are several rules that must be obeyed to have and continue this privilege. The easiest thing to do is to remember only to write letters. Mail them in plain white envelopes with a complete return address and the inmate's complete information ONLY. Do not write, draw, spray, or smear anything else on the envelope or it will be returned to sender. If something cannot be returned, it will be disposed of by U.S. Postal Service regulations.
Here are the major mail rules:
- Complete return address (full name & address)
- Inmate's address on front:
- Inmate's name (as listed in jail directory)
- Inmate's booking number (SPN)
- Inmate's housing area and cell block
- No stickers or glitter or anything else on outside or inside
- Pictures 5"x7" or smaller
- No sexual pictures
- No violent or gang pictures
- Magazines and books (up to 3) mailed through the post office directly from the distributor are okay if approved ahead of time by the Jail Captain
- Attorney paperwork, letters, etc. are okay
Things that are definitely not allowed:
- Computer printouts or photocopies
- Food, drinks, gum, etc.
- Mailing supplies like stamps, envelopes, ink pens, pencils, etc.
- Religious material - must come from Harris County Sheriff's Chaplain's Office
- Medications - must come from the jail infirmary only
If you have any other questions related to contacting an inmate, be sure to ask the jail location specifically.
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