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Harris County Jail Suspends Inmate Visitation To Prevent Coronavirus Outbreak.


Harris County was placed under a public health disaster declaration due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To prevent the potential spread, the visitation to Harris County Jail will be suspended until further notice. The measures are being put into effect to protect our staff and inmates.

The suspension will be effective, Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Attorney-client interviews and other essential visits will not be affected. In order to assure family and friends are being able to communicate with their love ones, a free calling program will be implemented for our facilities.

• Securus will offer each inmate five free calls per week until visitation resumes.
• The phone platform would re-set each week.
• The calls will be the same standard length that inmates have now.
• To set up an account with Securus you need to know the inmate's SPN number, you can also visit https://www.harriscountyso.org/JailInfo/inmate_info_inmate_phonecalls.aspx or call Securus at 1-800-844-6591.

Inmates housed at the Joint Processing Center (JPC) will have the option do to video visitations – this service is only available for inmates housed at the JPC.

The public can do it from home using a home computer and a webcam, from Monday thru Friday from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. To obtain more information about our off-site video visitation please visit https://www.harriscountyso.org/JailInfo/inmate_info_inmate_visitation.aspx.

The Harris County jail system has experienced epidemics in the past and that experience has prepared the jail. We are screening all new inmates in the booking process at the JPC, which counts with a full clinic. The jail has COVID-19 test kits to screen inmates in-house. We have also set aside four quarantine tanks.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, but the health of our staff, inmates and community is our priority.

Address/Location
Harris County Sheriff's Office
1200 Baker St
Houston, TX 77002

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 713-221-6000

 

Inmate Visitation

Harris County Sheriff's Office Inmate Visitation Schedule

DAYS TIMES
Monday NO VISITS
Tuesday 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Requests for inmate visitation will not be accepted after 8:40 p.m.)
Wednesday 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Requests for inmate visitation will not be accepted after 8:40 p.m.)
Thursday NO VISITS
Friday NO VISITS
Saturday 3:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Requests for inmate visitation will not be accepted after 8:40 p.m.)
Sunday 3:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Requests for inmate visitation will not be accepted after 8:40 p.m.)

Harris County Sheriff's Office Jail Locations

ADDRESS PHONE NUMBER
701 N. San Jacinto Street  (713) 755-8430
711 N. San Jacinto Street  (713) 755-1188
1200 Baker Street  (713) 755-7484
1307 Baker Street  (713) 755-2400

Visitation is a privilege. Visits may be denied, revoked or limited when the visit would threaten safety, security or good order of the facility or when visitation rules are not followed. Visitation privileges may be suspended or terminated for inappropriate behavior or misuse of the visitation system. With the exception of privileged visits, visitation will be monitored by Detention personnel. It is a criminal act for a person to provide or possess with the intent to provide an inmate a prohibited substance or item (Texas Penal Code 38.11).

Visitors

  • Visiting an inmate begins by entering the main lobby of the jail where the inmate is housed.
  • Inmates are allowed one 20-minute visit per visitation day
  • All visitors (17 years of age or older) must have a valid state or federal ID card or driver's license with photograph
  • Visitors 16 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult (17 years of age or older)
  • Up to 2 adults and 2 children may visit an inmate
  • Attorneys may visit inmates 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • No minister visits will be allowed at any jail location from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • No video or audio recordings are permitted.

Acceptable Identification

  • All identification shall have a photo permanently affixed, and shall not exhibit any signs of alteration or tampering.
  • Any valid driver’s license or identification card issued from any U.S. state
  • Expired driver license or identification card may be used if it is accompanied by a valid Texas Department of Public Safety (Texas DPS) temporary permit or renewal slip. NOTE: Texas DPS renewal slips and temporary permits are only valid with a credible photo ID in support of the renewal certificate (Credible photo ID is at the discretion of the on duty Operations Section Supervisor and should be scrutinized carefully)
  • U.S. Military identification, to include dependent identification
  • United States Passport
  • Official Consulate identification cards issued by the following countries or their Consular Offices
    •  Mexico (May be referred to as a Matricular Consular card)
    •  Guatemala
  • Foreign Nationals
    •  U. S. issued valid entry or work visa
    •  Foreign passports with valid entry visa
    •  I-94 authorization to travel inside the border beyond 25 miles and 72 hours
      •  U.S. Border Crossing Card with required I-94
      •  Foreign passports with I-94
    •  Immigration identification (ICE issued).
      •   Resident alien card
      •   Naturalization certificate
      •   Employment authorization card
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice—Institutional Division (TDCJ-ID) Inmate Identification Card
  • Harris County Offender Card
  • Other government issued forms of photo identification as approved by the on-duty Operations Section Supervisor

Unacceptable Identification

  • Any identification which is altered in any manner
  • Any expired state driver’s license or identification card without renewal slip
  • Any photocopied identification
  • Any credit cards
  • Social Security cards
  • Birth and/or Marriage Certificates

Prohibited Items

  • Visitors are not allowed to bring any items when visiting an inmate. All items including, purses, wallets, bags, mobile phones, recording devices, writing instruments, weapons, etc. are prohibited. There are storage lockers in the lobby. You will only be allowed to have the locker key with you when visiting an inmate
  • No food or drinks allowed
  • No packages, mail, or photographs may be left for an inmate

Dress Code (Visitors must abide by the dress code or visitation will be denied)

  • No revealing and/or see-through clothing
  • No sleeves shorter than halfway down the upper arm
  • No spandex or tights without shorts/skirt
  • No dress/skirts/shorts above mid-thigh
  • No clothing displaying obscene or offensive language, drawings or gang affiliation

Inmate Video Visitation - Joint Processing Center

Visitation is a privilege. Visits may be denied, revoked or limited when the visit would threaten safety, security or good order of the facility or when visitation rules are not followed. Visitation privileges may be suspended or terminated for inappropriate behavior or misuse of the visitation system. With the exception of privileged visits, visitation will be monitored by Detention personnel. It is a criminal act for a person to provide or possess with the intent to provide an inmate a prohibited substance or item (Texas Penal Code 38.11).

Please be notified that Inmate Video Visitation is only available for inmates housed at the new JPC. (not available for inmates housed in other Harris County Jail facilities)

Location and Schedule

The public can do it from home. (using your home computer and web cam)
Off Site / Remote Visitation Schedule: Monday - Friday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Saturday and Sunday 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM.

OR

2nd Floor Lobby – Video Visitation Stations
Joint Processing Center
700 North San Jacinto
Houston, Texas 77002
JPC (On Site) Video Visitation Schedule: Tuesday/Wednesday and Saturday/Sunday 4pm – 9pm.

Video Visitation

  • Video visits that occur on-site at the JPC are free.
  • Off-site video visits cost $5.99 for a twenty minute visit.
  • To apply for an account and schedule a video visit, the public needs to sign up on the Securus website: https://securustech.net/video-products/index.html.
  • If you need any help; please call Securus at 1-800-844-6591 during official visitation hours (4PM – 9PM) or call 346-286-1480 after hours.

About Us

The Harris County Sheriff's Office, founded in 1837, is the largest sheriff's office in Texas and the third largest in the United States. The HCSO has over 4600 employees and 200 reservists dedicated to ensuring the safety of over 4.1 million residents who call Harris County home. Harris County encompasses 1788 square miles (1729 land) and includes forty-one incorporated municipalities.

Core Values

Merit and maintain the public’s trust.
Embrace and deliver professional service.
Protect our citizens with honor and courage.
Exemplify ethical conduct at all times.
Develop, encourage, and care for our Sheriff’s Office family.

ContactUs

1200 Baker Street
Houston, TX 77002
Emergency: 911
Non Emergency: (713) 221-6000
Inmate Information: (713) 755-5300
Information Line: (713) 755-6044
Sheriff.Gonzalez@sheriff.hctx.net