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McLennan County Detention Center Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule

520 Columbus Avenue
McLennan County
Main Phone: 254-757-2555
Beds: 326
The information below provides complete instructions regarding McLennan County Detention Center Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Waco, 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 254-757-2555 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

McLennan County Detention Center Visiting Hours, Schedule and Instructions

Step 1

Bring a government-issued, valid photo ID to the visitation center.

 Visitation Center

3241 Marlin Highway

Waco, Texas  76705

Step 2

Arrive at least 10 minutes before the visit so you can check in.

Step 3

Leave personal belongings in the vehicle. Only bring in your ID and car key.

Who Can Visit an Inmate in McLennan County Detention Center

Anyone over the age of 18, who can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail.

Children under age 18 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian.

If you are a co-defendant with the inmate in a pending case, your visit might be denied.

If you and the inmate are under a court order to have no contact with each other, your visit might be denied.

The McLennan County Detention Center reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.

McLennan County Detention Center Visitation Application Process

McLennan County Detention Center requires all visitors check in at the visitation center prior to the visit. 

Visiting Hours in McLennan County Detention Center

Tuesday through Friday

1:00pm - 8:30pm


 8:00am - 3:30 pm

Dress Code is enforced for visitors.

An inmate can have up to two visitors at a time.

McLennan County Detention Center Visitation Dress Code

The McLennan County Detention Center 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.

Call 254-757-2555 to ask specific questions about the McLennan County Detention Center Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.

McLennan County Detention Center Visitation Tips, Rules and Guidelines

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and guardians must provide proof of their guardianship.

Do not try to visit more than one inmate per day.

Leave all personal belongings, except for your state ID in your vehicle or in a locker (if one is provided).

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

'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.

This jail does not provide at home visitation but the policy can change at any time.

Click here to see if video visitation is now available at McLennan County Detention Center – 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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