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Houston City Central Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule

61 Riesner Street
Harris County
Main Phone: 713-247-5400
The information below provides complete instructions regarding Houston City Central 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 713-247-5400 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

Houston City Central Jail Visiting Hours, Schedule and Instructions

Step 1

Click here  to determine which jail address the inmate is being housed in. You can also find out by calling 713-837-0311.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

You must know the inmate’s first and last name, birthdate, booking number and jail location to be allowed to visit.

Who Can Visit an Inmate in Houston City Central Jail

As long as you are over 18 and have proper identification you can visit an inmate at this facility with the following exceptions:

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 will allow you to visit an inmate if you have a felony conviction in your past.

Call 713-247-5400 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.

The Houston City Central Jail reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.

Houston City Central Jail Visitation Application Process

Houston City Central 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 Houston City Central Jail

Visits are allowed seven days per week between the hours of:

12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m to 9:00 p.m.

Inmates can receive one visit per visiting shift. For example, if the inmate has a visit between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. he or she can have another visit during the 10:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m. and the 4:30 to 9:00 p.m. shifts.

Only one person can visit during a shift, but the same person can visit each shift if desired.

If you are visiting a jail trusty, the visit will be declined or delayed if the trusty is out on a work detail.

If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, Houston City Central Jail may allow you an extended visitation. Call 713-247-5400 to ask for special consideration.

Call 713-247-5400 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.

Houston City Central Jail Visitation Dress Code

The Houston City Central 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.

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 713-247-5400 to ask specific questions about the Houston City Central Jail Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.

Houston City Central Jail Visitation Tips, Rules and Guidelines

Jail visits are conducted in person behind plexi-glass.

Leave all personal belongings, except for your ID in your vehicle.

Visits are 10 minutes long and you can visit once during each visiting shift.

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 during that shift.

No one under the age of 18 is allowed to visit an inmate. No exceptions are allowed.

You cannot bring anything to the inmate during a visit.

Call 713-247-5400 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Houston City Central 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 Houston City Central 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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