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The Harris County Jail in Houston, Harris 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 Harris County Jail 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 Harris County Jail are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Harris 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 Harris County Jail 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 Harris County, Texas are: Baytown Municipal Jail, Harris County - The 1200 Jail, Harris County - The 1307 Jail, Harris County - The 701 Jail, Harris County - The 711 Jail, Houston City Central Jail, Houston City Southeast Jail, Houston Prison Farm, Pasadena City Jail, Pearland Jail, Webster Jail. In addition, Harris County houses the following juvenile facilities: Burnett Bayland Reception Center, Harris County Juvenile Justice Center, Harris County Youth Village, Leadership Academy.

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

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Visiting an Inmate in the Harris County Jail in Texas

What to know when you visit an inmate in the Harris County Jail System

First of all you should know that the Harris County Jail System is supportive and encouraging of visitation times. They know that visitation is an important time for the inmate's and their families. Here we will try to assist you in understanding the rules and regulations of visitation so you are more comfortable when you go to visit your loved one.

Remember there are rules associated with just about everything when it comes to an incarceration facility. These rules are necessary so that you, all visitors, families, inmates, and staff are kept protected and safe. So, please be sure to obey all rules and help assure others do as well. This is very important in order to make sure that privileges such as visitation are able to continue and not be revoked.

You will generally begin your visit at the front lobby of the jail in which your inmate is housed. There you will meet with staff who will screen you and assure you do not have any type of contraband and that you are dressed appropriately for your visit. If you have a bag, purses, etc. you will have to leave that in a locker which is supplied to you and pick it up on your way out.

Generalized visitation throughout the Harris County Jail System is as follows:

Monday, Thursday, & Friday - No visitation other than attorneys who are allowed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Tuesday - 4pm to 9pm
Wednesday - 4pm to 9pm
Saturday - 3:30pm - 9pm
Sunday - 3:30pm - 9pm

Dress Code Rules for Harris County Jail System Visitation

Do not wear clothing that:

  • Is sexually provocative or revealing
  • Is shorter than mid-thigh or mid bicep (halfway between shoulder and elbow)
  • Has any violence, racial, ethnic, or gang symbols, colors, suggestions, pictures, etc.
  • No tight clothing
  • No spandex or clingy fabric tights, leggings unless covered by shorts or skirts of appropriate length

 Basic Visitation Rules:

  • 4 people are allowed
    • 2 adults (17 and above)
    • 2 children (16 and under)
  • Adults must have a government issued ID
  • No children visits without an adult
  • One 20 minute visit per visitation day
  • No food or drinks are allowed
  • You cannot bring packages of any kind to the inmate

Remember the rules and you will have an enjoyable visit with your inmate. If you ever have any questions or concerns about a visitation, you should speak to someone at the jail where you inmate is housed. If you need further assistance, you can ask at the county courthouse.

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How to use the Inmate Search for Harris County Jail in Texas

Finding an Inmate in Harris County Jail System so you can Post Bond

[Article_Ad_2]If you are trying to find someone in Harris County Jail System, this can at first seem like a difficult and overly complicated adventure. On this overview page for the Harris County Jail System we hope to make it a little simpler to understand. First thing to do is start here.

Once you click on that link and go to the home page of our Harris County Jail System, you will see several links in blue available on the left hand side of the page. These are listed underneath a heading called Inmate Search.

You should see all of the following:

  • Harris County Jail Inmate List
  • Harris County Jail Inmate Search
  • County Inmates - mobile
  • Recent Arrests - Harris County
  • Recent Releases - Harris County
  • Arrests Warrants - Harris County
  • VINELINK - Inmate Search

When you click on:

  • Harris County Jail Inmate List
  • Harris County Jail Inmate Search
  • County Inmates - mobile
  • Recent Releases - Harris County

You will go to a new information entry page. Here you should enter all the data on the inmate you are looking for. You can put in things like the name, birthday, booking or SPN number, and even a social security number. If you have all that information, you will go straight to your inmate. If not, you will have to enter some specific data and then the system will help you continue your search.

Looking instead for someone who has just been recently arrested? Well, first of all make sure there has been enough time to get them processed and for their information to be available. Then you can click:

  • Recent Arrests - Harris County

And this will take you to a frequently updated list on the inmates arrested within the last 24 hours in Harris County.

If you are searching for information on an arrest warrant, you can click that link. Or if you happen to be looking for information on an offender from the victim's perspective, you can look at the VINELINK hyperlink to gather more information.

After you find the inmate how do you post bond?

Depending on whether the judge allows cash, bail, surety, personal, or pre-trial bond what you need to do will vary. We will go over this in some detail, but if you have further questions please be sure to ask the specific jail housing your inmate.

Cash bonds are for a set amount that must be deposited in cash, money order, or cashier's check made out to Harris County Sheriff's Office. If the inmate is found not guilty or charges are thrown out, there will be a complete refund of the deposited amount.

Bail bonds are generally secured by something other than cash. This could be something like a lien, or promise to pay, etc. Surety bonds are similar but they are posted by a bonding agent or bonding company. Surety bond agent lists are available, but not associated with the county. They also usually have fees associated with their assistance.

Personal and pre-trial bonds are similar because with both the inmate is released based on themselves. With the personal bond the judge decides upon meeting the inmate and usually being asked that the inmate is trustworthy enough to return to court based on their own recognizance or reputation. With this type no security is required.

Pre-trial bonds are when a judge makes a decision based on information about the inmate that came from the pretrial services. Other than that it is the same as the personal bond.

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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:

  • Money
  • Packages
  • 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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