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This page is dedicated to the Dallas County Jail also known as Lew Sterrett Justice Center in Dallas, Texas. Have you been here before? Tell us about it by clicking here.

Dallas County Jail AKA Lew SterrettThe Dallas County Jail houses inmates at North Tower, West Tower, and Kay’s Tower.

How Do You Locate An Inmate:

There are three ways to locate an inmate- online, in-person, or via telephone. To go online, click here; by phone call 214-761-9025; in person, visit the jail staff in the lobby at 111 W. Commerce St. , Dallas, TX 75208.

Detailed Information:

Where are the Dallas County Jails?

What are the visitation rules at Dallas County Jails?

How do I do Video Visitation at Dallas County Jail?

Is there a Chaplain at Dallas County Jail?

What can I send to an inmate at Dallas County Jail?

How do I get bail or a bond at Dallas County Jail?

Where Is The Jail Located:

The Dallas County Jail (Lew Sterrett Justice Center) address is 111 Commerce St. Dallas, TX 75208.

What Time Is The Jail Open:

The Dallas County Jail (Lew Sterrett Justice Center) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When Are Visiting Hours:

Make sure and read this paragraph clearly because visiting hours are very specific.

Be prepared to wait in several lines. Sometimes the wait may be anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour.

No visitations on Wednesdays but Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday is 7:00PM-9:00PM for the approriate last names.

  • Visitors can go on Mondays and Thursdays (7:00PM-9:00PM), but ONLY if the person you are visiting has a last name that starts with A-L.
  • Visitors can go on Tuesdays and Fridays (7:00PM-9:00PM), but ONLY if the person you are visiting has a last name that starts with M-Z.
  • On Saturday and Sundays, any inmate can be visited between 8:00AM-2:00PM.

If you have kids (anyone under the age of 17), the only day they can visit is Saturday and Sunday. Keep in mind that only two (2) children are allowed to visit per adult.

Also, a person can only visit an inmate if they are listed on the inmate’s visitor card. The inmate can only change his or her visitor card one (1) time every 90 days.

Visitors are only allowed to visit two (2) times per week.

Defense Criminal Lawyer Best TexasWhat Do I Need To Visit An Inmate:

All visitors will be subject to search and you will have to go through a metal detector so use your common sense when going to visit an inmate.

You must be on the inmate’s visitor card. Valid photo identification is needed to visit. This includes state driver’s license, state identification card, or alien card. Remember you can only visit an inmate two (2) times per week.

How Do I Find Out If An Inmate Has A Bond:

You can check online by clicking here.

How Can I Give An Inmate at Dallas County Jail Money:

Inmates in the Dallas County jail can maintain an inmate trust fund account and can access the funds through a bar code on their armbands. All cash funds in possession of the inmate at the time of the booking process are deposited to their accounts. 

If you wish to make a deposit to an inmate’s trust fund account, you will need the inmate’s name and bookin number. Use one of the available options:

In person: Cash can be deposited at a kiosk machine at each jail. 

By internet: as low as $2.95

By phone: 1-866-345-1884 for as low as $3.95

What Mail Can I Send An Inmate:

You can only mail an inmate letters and cards. If you want to send them books, they must be soft-back books and must be sent firectly from a book publishing company.

To write letters address them as follows:

Inmate Name

Inmate Booking #

Inmate Location

PO BOX 660334

Dallas, Texas 75266-0334

Jail Tips:

The Dallas County Jail (Lew Sterrett) allows friends and family to send inmates Gift Packages. Packages can be ordered via phone by calling 1-800-546-6283 or by visiting Packages may only be paid for by using Mastercard, Visa, or Discover credit card. Only one package may be sent per week. Orders received before Thursday at 6:00 AM will be delivered that same week.

Also remember to bring cash to pay to park your vehicle. There is paid parking all-around.

What Is The Website:

You can visit the jail website by clicking here.

 The Dallas County Jail List

Lew Sterrett Justice Center:
111 West Commerce Street
Dallas Texas 75202

The North Tower, West Tower and Suzanne L. Kays are all located adjacent to the Frank Crowley Courts Building. This complex is known as the Lew Sterrett Justice Center.

North Tower Detention Facility:
111 West Commerce Street
Dallas Texas 75202

Constructed in 1993, this ultramodern facility holds 3,292 maximum security inmates with 188 single cells. It takes a staff of 350 employees to operate this facility.

West Tower Detention Facility:
111 West Commerce Street,
Dallas Texas 75202

Located within the Lew Sterrett Justice Center, the West Tower has 132 tanks and 25 single cells. It can house up to 1,530 male inmates.

The West Tower, a mental housing facility, houses a variety of classifications besides medium and maximum custody inmates. These classifications include: Class “C”s, Trustee, Infirmary, lower bunk medical restriction, close behavioral observation, suicidal, HIV positive, homosexual and accused child molesters, crisis stabilization, protective custody, admin custody, psychological assessment program, and substance abuse. Inmates are housed accordingly.

Suzanne Lee Kays Detention Facility:
111 West Commerce Street
Dallas Texas 75202

This facility, also known as South Tower, is the department’s first direct supervision facility (meaning the detention officers work inside the actual housing unit with the inmates). The construction of this facility was completed in spring of 2008. Inmate capacity for this facility is 2,304.

Sheriff Jim Bowles dedicated this detention center to the memory of Suzanne Lee Kays back in 1995. Deputy Kays was killed in the line of duty on January 4, 1989, just six days after graduating from the sheriff’s academy.

George Allen:
600 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75202

The George Allen Jail is located downtown across from the “Old Red Courthouse”. This detention facility, also known as the government center, is currently depopulated. The facility housed its first inmate in 1966. With a population of 800 inmates this was the county’s main jail which sits at the top of the George Allen Courthouse until the Lew Sterrett Justice Center was completed in 1983.

The Old Jail”: 
Across from Dealy Plaza, stands a building that was constructed in 1913 and 1914. The Dallas County Criminal Courts Building and jail, which is on the corner of Main Street and Houston Street, and across from the 1890 Dallas County Courthouse known today as “Old Red.”

“The Old Jail”, which is now closed, used to be in the upper floors of the Criminal Courts Building.

It was originally thought to be an escape-proof jail since it was in a high-rise building, but several escapes took place when it was open, including some members of Clyde Barrow’s notorious gang.

Jack Ruby became a so-called “guest” of the “Old Jail,” when he was caught on film shooting Lee Harvey Oswald. Lee Harvey Oswald was detained by the City of Dallas Police Department until he was charged with felony murder, for the murder of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Oswald was being transferred into the County’s custody when he was shot by Jack Ruby. Ruby was immediately taken into custody.

When the “Old Jail” was constructed, Dallas County still participated in hangings. Executions on gallows were conducted outside until the “Old Jail” was complete. “Death Row” prisoners were then hanged inside the “Old Jail” until the mid-1920’s.


Specific Rules for Mailing Inmated

What you need to know. What can you send an inmate in Dallas County Jail?


Inmates may receive mail. Proper addressing of incoming mail is very important. Mail should be addressed as follows:

Inmate’s name and book-in number: John Doe #05123456
Inmate’s location: Tank #11 S 14
P.O. Box # 660334
Dallas, Texas 75266-0334

We only accept money orders for inmates through the regular mail, but they must be made payable to “Inmate Trust Fund”. We also accept Social Security and Attorney General checks that may be payable to the inmate. For information on adding money to an inmates account, navigate to the Inmate Money page.

The sende should include their full name and return address, in case the inmate has been released. Mail is not forwarded to the inmate once he/she has been released. Mail for released inmates is returned to sender or sent to the dead letter department at the U.S. Post Office. Legal mail will be opened in the inmate’s presence.

  • Inmates are allowed to receive books, magazines, or newspapers sent from a bookstore (Barnes and Noble,, Borders, Mardels, Lifeway, Better World Books, or directly from a publisher) not from any other private company. There is a five book maximum that an inmate can possess at any time. No hard back books allowed.

Items prohibited from being received through the mail are, but not limited to the following:

  • Any items not lawfully obtained or possessed under terms outlined in the Texas Penal Code are considered illegal material.
  • Glue, paperclips, clasps, staples, magnets, stickers, tape, plastic, wood, cloth, glass, ribbon, liquids, metal, electronic devices, or any like material.
  • Writing materials such as stamps, blank paper, envelopes, pens, pencils, or stationary.
  • Unsigned greeting cards.
  • Greeting cards larger than 8”x10”.
  • Greeting cards that contain padding, musical device, metal clasps, plastic, string, ribbon, confetti, glitter, or laminated items.
  • Photographs larger than 8”x10”.
  • Polaroid photographs.
  • Photos depicting obscenity, violence, pornography, or of a sexually enticing nature.
  • Profanity (on the envelope).
  • Tobacco or tobacco products.
  • Bus passes, bookmarks, or calling cards.
  • Perishable items.
  • Clothing.
  • Stains or unidentifiable marks.
  • Writing/drawing in crayon, marker, or colored pencils.
  • Mail identified as Legal Mail, but contained non-legal material.
  • Books that were not shipped from the publisher or the bookstore.
  • Any items that by design restricts the ability to perform an effective search.
  • Any items that have no value or are of no use to the inmate while incarcerated in this facility.
  • Jewelry.
  • Any items with a glued surface or backing.
  • Any items that may not be readily determined as to their nature or description.

Items of inflammatory nature described as follows:

  1. Contain information regarding or the depiction of the manufacture or likeness of explosives, weapons or drugs.
  2. Contain material that a reasonable person, could construe as written solely for the purpose of communicating information designed to achieve the breakdown of prisoners through inmate disruption such as strikes, riots or escapes.
  3. If the material leads to specific factual determination that the material is detrimental to a prisoner’s rehabilitation because it encourages deviate sexual behavior.

Dallas County Jail Chaplain – Religious Services 

The Religious Services Section:
Coordinates the delivery of programs which serve the religious beliefs and practices of inmates confined in all Dallas County jail facilities. Religious services, study groups, and clerical care are provided by volunteer religious service providers representative of religious faiths available in the local community. Religious programs are managed to accommodate the free exercise of religion by providing inmates clerical care through the services of volunteer chaplains as well as ensuring inmates have the opportunity to pursue individual religious beliefs and practices in accordance with the law and the Texas Commission of Jail Standards. Persons interested in becoming a volunteer religious service provider can contact the religious service coordinator at 214-653-2838.

Religious reading material for inmates is provided through donations from the local community. Those desiring to donate bibles, kurans, and other religious literature for inmates should call the religious services coordinator at 214-653-2838. Paperback and/or soft cover books only may be donated.

Secular educational programs are provided to ensure inmates have the opportunity to participate in a DISD Adult Basic Education Program leading to the completion of requirements to obtain a GED. The DISD program also offers ESL classes for those inmates who need help in reading and speaking the English language. College classes are made available by El Centro Community College giving inmates the opportunity to learn computer skills, welding skills, art, and participate in educational development programs designed for continuing education credits such as food service and basic print shop.

Law libraries are available in each jail facility to provide inmates with access to law books they can use in legal research related to their case(s). The law libraries also provide the service of general circulation book carts with recreational reading material for all inmates. Indigent inmates (those with less than $5.00 in their inmate account) are also provided with correspondence supplies for correspondence with persons outside the jails.

Television and radio programs are provided throughout the jail facilities for inmate viewing. VHS or DVD movies may be donated to the Inmate Programs Division by contacting the video services section manager at 214-653-5867.

Personal hygiene kits are provided to indigent inmates (those having less than $5.00 on their inmate account). Inmates who think they are indigent need only to ask the commissary cart attendant for a personal hygiene kit.

HIV/AIDS education, intervention, and prevention services are made available to inmates through our partnership with the Community Prevention and Intervention Unit of UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Self-help and social integration services are available to inmates through a variety of volunteer programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Dallas Urban League, Project Matthew (parenting, childbirth, and life skills classes focused on incarcerated mothers), and Resolana (providing therapeutic groups designed to empower women to break the cycle of incarceration). Other programs available to inmates are Inspiring Families (teaching family communication) and New Tools Circle Group (helping men develop new tools for wholesome thinking).

Dallas County Jail

How you can get Bonding & Bail

Updated December of 2017

You can now post an inmate’s bond via Western Union money wire service. It’s a fast way to send money, with three easy ways to get it done.

  1. Stop at one of more than 46,000 participating Western Union agent location in the U.S.
    Find a nearby agent location at 1-800-634-3422 or visit Use cash and fill out a blue quick collect form.
  2. Call Western Union:
    Call 1-800-634-3422, press option 2, and have your Master Card, Visa or Discover card ready.
  3. Go online:
    Visit and use your Master Card or Visa Card.

The sender must have this information to transfer money to an agent location by phone or online.

  • Pay to: Dallas County Sheriff’s Dept.
  • Code city: DALLASBONDS
  • State: TX
  • Sender’s account #: Include booking # or Warrant # plus last name
  • Attention field: First, Middle and Last name and Date of Birth

To assist with jail overcrowding, bond information is now temporarily available at no charge. Contact for more info.


When is Dallas County Jail Visitation?

What are the rules for visitation? What do you need to bring or not bring to Visitation at Dallas County Jails?

Updated December of 2017,

What to expect:
Upon arrival at the detention facility, each visitor will fill out a visitor’s slip to visit the inmate. The officer working the visitation lobby will write the inmate’s booking number and tank location on the slip. The visitor will write on the back of the visitors slip the name, race, date of birth and sex of each person under the age of 17 who will accompany them to the jail floor to visit the inmate. Only two children per adult. Persons 17 years of age and older will be required to have proper identification and must be listed on the inmate’s visitors card.

The visitor will then be directed through a metal detector or scanned by a hand-held metal detector prior to going to the jail floors. Any visitor is subject to a physical search if probable cause exists. The officers in the visitation lobby will ensure no items are carried to a jail floor that is prohibited.

Dallas County Jail now provides video visitation please click here for further information.

Prohibited Items:
Cameras, purses, umbrellas, packages, mace, handbags, paper sacks, cell phones, pagers, cigarettes, cigarette lighters, matches,or any glass or metal containers. Prohibited items also include glass baby bottles, blankets, strollers, or toys for babies. Pocket knives and sharp objects, weapons of any kind, or other items which can be used either in its present form or by alteration, as a weapon in the jail are prohibited.

Jail Visitation Rules:

  • A parent or a legal guardian must accompany minors under the age of 17. Only two children per adult may visit.
  • Physical searches of visitors may be conducted with probable cause.
  • Visitors shall not give any items directly to inmates.
  • Visitors are required to successfully clear the metal detector before being allowed entrance into the secured area.
  • Any disruption in the visitation process could result in visit termination and/or visit restriction.

Age of Visitors:
Children under 17 years of age will not be allowed to visit unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If you are the legal guardian documentation showing proof may be required. All children shall visit the same inmate being visited by the accompanying parent or guardian and shall be kept under the supervision of the accompanying adult. Visitors under the age of 17 who are married to an inmate shall show proof of marriage before visits shall be allowed.


  • All persons requesting visitation privileges must be in possession of a VALID State Driver License, State ID, or one of the following identifications:
  • Valid state driver’s license, paper license renewal must be accompanied by other photo identification
  • Texas Department of Public Safety photo identification card
  • Jail Identification Card
  • Official Government Issued Passport
  • Military Identification Card
  • Alien Registration Card or other valid photo identification card for the United States Government

A Dallas County jail visitation card can be obtained between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. from Probation Check located in front of the North Tower Jail Main Control Center, located at 111 West Commerce Street, Dallas Texas 75202. The applicant for an identification card must produce their birth certificate and social security card. The cost of the identification card is $5.00. Click here for details about obtaining a Dallas County jail visitation card.

Special Visits:
Special visits are allowed for persons living more than 75 miles from Dallas. A person seeking a “Special Visit” is not required to be on the inmate’s visitors card. The visitor must show valid proof of residence to qualify for a special visit. Visits for a person living more than 75 miles from Dallas may be at any time other than the regular visitation hours excluding feeding times or emergency conditions.

Special visits are provided on a one time only basis for those persons who live more than 75 miles from the facility and could not have reasonably anticipated to visit, at the time the inmate completed the visiting card.

Non-Contact Visitation:
With the exception of “Special Visits,” all visitors 17 years of age and older must be on the inmate’s visitors card. All visits are non-contact visits. No exchange of paperwork, property, pictures, letters, books, legal work or money will be allowed. These items, with the exception of books, may be sent in the U.S. Mail. An inmate may receive books, but they must be sent directly from the publisher.

Prior Incarcerations:
Persons who have been in jail during the last six months will not be allowed to visit unless the visitor is the inmate’s legal spouse and prior authorization has been obtained by the jail supervisor.

Dress Code:
All visitors must be in proper attire at all times. No one will be allowed entrance wearing the following:

  • Transparent Clothing
  • Seductive Clothing
  • Tube Tops
  • Halter Tops
  • Strapless Tops
  • Backless Tops
  • Spaghetti Straps
  • Short must be at knee length
  • Skirts must be at knee length
  • Visitors who are inappropriately dressed in gang-related clothing, hairstyles or graffiti will be denied visits.

Orderly at All Times:
Any visitor, guest, or child of the visitor is expected to be orderly at all times. Visitor’s children will not be allowed to run and or play in the visitation areas. A visitor will be warned that the children must be kept in control at all times. If, after the warning, the problem persists, a detention supervisor will be called to the floor. The supervisor, at their discretion, may allow the visitor to remain or ask the visitor to leave. No child may be left unattended while in the lobby area or during visitation.

Visitors will not be allowed to conduct themselves in a manner which may be considered as lewd. Visitors may not become loud or obscene with their voice or language. Visitors that are disruptive or who violate jail security may be asked to leave by a jail supervisor. Visitors may be banned from future visits by the facility commander based on their actions during the visit. Once a visitor leaves the secured area of the jail they will not be granted return to the secured area during the visiting day.

Visitation Hours:
Monday and Thursday: Inmates with the last names A-L. (No children under age of 17 allowed)
Tuesday and Friday: Inmates with the last names M-Z (No children under age of 17 allowed)
Saturday and Sunday: Open visitation – all children may visit.

Visiting hours at all jail facilities is as follows:
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
*****Wednesdays no visitation****

Each visitor may visit only once per calendar week. The visitor must arrive at least thirty minutes before the end of visiting hours to ensure ample time for processing.


Video Visitations 

 Participation in video visitation is a privilege, not a right. Both visitor and inmate are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate fashion at all times during a visit.

Dallas County Sheriff’s Department reserves the right to deny, cancel, or terminate a video visit prior to or during a session based upon visitor or resident inmate misconduct. Dallas County Sheriff’s Department also reserves the right to restrict visitor from participating in all future video visits.

All video visits are recorded and subject to electronic monitoring by DALLAS COUNTY personnel. Your participation in video visitation constitutes consent to this recording and monitoring.

On-Site and Off-Site video visits may be scheduled in advance by the visitor from the Securus Video Visitation Website

All video visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. The registering Visitor must be at least 17 years of age and present a valid, government issued photo identification during the initial registration process. Visitors under the age of 17 must have a parent or guardian present during the video visit. Approvals are generally made within 24 hours.

The duration of each video visit is 20 minutes. Inmates are not restricted as to the number of off-site video visits they may receive in a week. On-site video visits are restricted to 2 video visits per week.

The Visitor and the inmate are responsible for being present at the start of the scheduling video visit. Visitors and inmates signing in late will only receive the balance of the remaining time for the scheduled video visit.

There will be times when visits will be rescheduled as follows: Court, Work Assignment, Lock-Down, Sick Call, Attorney Visit, and Inmate Housing Re-assignment.

Emergency situations will result in the immediate canceling of any affected visit. 

Dallas County Sheriff’s Department assumes no financial or other liability for failure to complete a scheduled video visit.

No NUDITY, provocative clothing, or tight fitting clothing will be allowed during the video visit. First violation of this rule will result in being barred from off-site and on-site video visitations for 30 days, second violation- 60 days, third violation- barred permanently.

Visitors appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs; displaying items that may be considered contraband such as drugs, drug paraphernalia, weapons; or displaying gang signs, symbols, colors, etc., are subject to having the visit cancelled and barred from future visits.

Any type of provocative or disruptive behavior will not be permitted. No pictures of any type will be allowed during the video visit session.

Do not damage or deface the visitation equipment. Doing so may result in prosecution. These Rules are subject to change at the discretion of the Sheriff.

On-Site Video Visitation Hours Availability:

Monday: 8:00 am- 8:30 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am- 8:30 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am- 8:30 pm
Friday: 8:00 am- 8:30 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am- 8:30 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am – 8:30 pm



  1. Can I bring my son, who is an inmate, a pair of reading glasses?

    • I think that they would allow you, if you speak to the medical department about it, but in general, only prescription eyewear is allowed. Reading glasses can be purchased from the commissary. They are ugly and cheap, but expensive.

  2. My son was declared incompetent after catching a case while in Lew Sterrett. He was originally waiting to be sent to SAFP. When his mother and grandpa tried to visit, they were told that they had been taken off the visitor list. He won’t return letters and stopped calling his grandpa four months ago. Does anyone know how I can find out if he’s okay? And, why was he declared incompetent? Isn’t there someway I can request this, as public information?

    • Ma’am, I am simply going to give you my opinion. This is not legal advice, When it comes to mental health and if your son was declared incompetent, your path is going to be through the mental health department there in Dallas County Jail. What you need to do is call them, though going in person would be better, and explain that you are his mother and are making a wellness inquiry. You can probably get the Parkland Jail Health people to point you in the right direction, call them at 214.653.2621. Your son will be charged 10 dollars for each contact that requires the assistance of a licensed medical technician.
      A second path is going to be through the Chaplaincy, the jail chaplain does do wellness inquiries for inmates family. You can call Chief Deputy Jason Hartgraves at 214-653-2601 and make inquiries about how to contact the chaplain’s office there at the jail.

      I hope this helps!

    • How much is each call when inmate calls loves collect ?

    • That depends on more than just standard pricing, whoever is the vendor currently can give you a better idea, usually it is a flat-rate fee for x amount of minutes.

    • Go to channel 4 news
      They can investigate

  3. Has anyone with a warrant recently gone to visit someone with no issues?

    • They do a warrant check on visitors.

  4. Dose anybody know what time do inmates get released on Saturdays from lew sterrett

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  7. Is there a time cut off to get a inmates belongings?

  8. My son is in there and only thing he did was shoplifting and now he is going to down for SIX months!!

  9. i was wondering if anyone could tell me a way to get the list of people he is calling/visiting/writing . either from the actual jail or online or whatever. im done with him if hes using me . fuck that shit . also im pretty sure you dont get a statement if you are out on a P.R. bond , is this true ?

    • Holliegh, did you ever find a answer on this? I am in the same situation wondering the same things…

    • Cady, they do not track this information for sharing with citizens, though I can tell you that experience says these guys are using every single person they can get to let them call, send money to them or write letters. A proclamation of love or dependence from an inmate goes as far as their snack money makes it… Chances are that if you suspect he is just using you for resources now, then he is.

  10. What inmates are housed on the second floor in North Tower?

    • Does anyone know what time do the phones stop operating in lewlew on Fridays and Saturdays??

  11. I’d like to say that it is jail you get what you get. My husband is there and he is respectful to the guards and they respect him back. He tells me about how horrible the inmates are to the guards. They are doing their job and they have to deal with people acting like animals all day long. These people have family’s and their own things going on at home. The inmates do not make it easy on them. The women guards are verbally sexually harassed. And inmates complain about everything. It is jail do your time and learn some respect.

    • Apparently u have never been in a jail before…your husband is a pussy. GUARDS HAVE TO GIVE RESPECT ALSO…ITS A 2 WAY STREET. PERIOD.

    • I’m AnitA Maddox I’m Micheal Turner mother please Faith input I need him home with me I’m sick with HipC and I want to spend time with him

  12. What papers do they give you when you leave.
    What I mean is, what Dallas papers are you holding on our way out the door?

  13. I do not think it should be this frustrating to find out how long my boyfriend will be in dallas county jail for a $1000 bond. I have called around, emailed, asked… Damn. Any one know?

    • Have you tried this number 214-653-2815

    • Typical misdemeanors in Dallas counts 100 a day system usually meaning he would sit there for 10 days at at the most to reach “Time-Served” although that does not include the time you’ll wait for your judge to see you, they’re not the fastest.

  14. How long to u have2wait til Wilmur pikz u up? I went to court yesterday and they say I have2turn my self in on Tue. But I was told that my time at Lee Sterret won’t evn count until I go to Wilmur, iz that true? Please I need t o know….

    • Depending on the court you’re assigned to (STACC, DDC, 4C, ATLAS, DIVERT, DD, ect) is usually the urgency to get you in, I waited 11 days, for Wilmer. Most people wait anywhere between 2 – 4 months, my homegirl waited 7 months and she’s in the DDC

  15. Has anybody ever been in restriction my bf is in lewlew he has been moved as of YESTURDAY to the north tower 2el6?wtf what is this restriction.????they are so rude and what?and where is he

    • When All fails you should go up there and go to the Information Center, also write a letter to see if you can contact the inmate, if they dont answer you should contact the sheriffs office.

  16. Obama built a luxury detention center in Karnes City, Texas solely for housing illegal aliens. Instead of taking care of our veterans and our elderly, our mentally ill inmates, Obama spends more than two million dollars for the convenience and comfort of illegal aliens. They get internet, flowers in the reception area, free telephone calls, food buffets, etc. This is YOUR tax money and MINE. On the other hand, EVERY WEEK, I protest to the governor of New York about the brutal, inhumane treatment of mentally ill 16 & 17 year old prisoners Cuomo keeps at Riker’s Island.

    • ALDOC gives inmates tablets. With phone access. Wth? I want one, I got to catch a case? Phone access? Awe hell Nah. Hold my beer

  17. Rosa- bitch stfu im tired of your ugly ass always saying shit STFU OR FIGHT TF ROSA IM TALKING TO U AND WHOEVER ELSE

  18. It’s not as bad as everyone making it out to be city jails are way worse than county jail trust me I was in both being in jail sucks for both inmate and family my husband now in prison spent more time in county jail than anything only bad thing happen is that one cell mate got ahold of his pin number on our calling card and used up the money I had on there for our calls did we do anything about no cause what good would it of done put him in jail hello he already in jail I just gonna let the more power judge handle it he will have to answer for it when he meets our maker so other than that guards where real nice to me as a inmate and a visitor the only one I think is hateful rude and heartless is the DA now that’s who we all need to be complaining about but then again he just doing his job right

  19. OK , to all those on here just saying, “well , learn to stay outta jail lol..I bet you just set your fate…you dummies, watch.. watch you stupid got nothing to do other than bitch lookin ass folks gunna end up in jail now that you have cursed yourselfs! !!

    • I agree. Never persecute someoneelse bc out will come back and bite u I the ass. They are human just like everyone else.

  20. I miss Alex W.!!!

    • 😢

  21. My hubby got put in there 2 days after we got married. Our lawyer says that he can get them out and freed of all case I was charged against him. Due to the fact that the victim told us the lawyer and the cops that her signature was forgery and that wasn’t even her statement. in that wasn’t even her statement.and told them he don’t do it when we told them they saided they will look in to it..that was a mth ago..he’s still lock up..I havnt had the heart to tell him I had a miscarriage…with all this bad news the baby gives him hope…when this is all over with We r moving out of Tx. Don’t feel safe with the cops here anymore…

  22. I’m fixing to be in dallas county I’m worried how will I eat and I’m having very bad dack problems need surgery and a lot of pain

    • Look up commissary on yhis dite

  23. What’s up with victimless crime, being incarcerated with criminals of a more serious nature?

    They have inmates with traffic violations…such as suspended license for no inspection, no registration, no insurance.

    Absolutely no history of drugs, alcohol or other more violent acts. If anything, they made bad financial choices…but somehow they go to jail with more hardened and stronger street smart criminals. Seems like a dangerous combination.

    How about segregate and provide counseling and rehab? Seems like this is a breeding ground for good people who are depressed to become angry people who resort to violence.

    • We are their cash cow they feed us slop and talk to us disrespectful but see you on the street and act like they haven’t never met you but my God he is gracious because I sit back and watch God punished them in his own way people get fired or on leave for aggressive force there is no protection in Lewstrict I wish I had the info to write whoever said our tax payers dollars going to that bullsh#$% system slow. They hold you to be petty when bonds are made they sit on there computer shopping or on the phone. Bringing their outside lives in with the inmates health care though they make sure you straight probably cause I wrote a kite ever other day the place needs to be closed so when that petition comes about somebody tell me.

    • Amen.

  24. Does any body know how.much time they give for agravated robery for juveniles that do time at a juvenile detention center and get transfered to lew steret?

  25. That plaxe is disgusting and the guards are ghetto as hell. They fuck around with inmates and are all hoes. The food is so gross. Taste like slop. Break pads and monkey balls all the time. You only change out laundry once a week. This place was hell for me. I did 9 months before they even gave me my court date.

  26. I miss my love of my life because he not be side me no more I wait to no when my babydaddy get out because I love him so much when angel come by his side that be me your angel baby I whis I see you one more time for give big kiss and big hug I will never eat because my babydaddy is not here be side me because when I eat I will star crying because he not here with me My Name Is Mrs.Carreno

  27. I dont like how they did to my boyfriend because he did not give me hug are kiss he is my love of my life now I will not eat because he not here with me From:

  28. I went and saw my bf in north tower yesterday place was f&*&^& nasty in someone poke him in the eye and the guards don’t do shit about it if they are scared of the inmates then they need to get a different job I hope he gets out soon like wtf can’t bring cell phone in some ppl ride the bus and really needs their phone in cause something happens

    • The Delta BailBonds by the Big parking lot on riverfront let’s you use the white phone on the wall. +Dallas tends to be rough on inmates properties, I wouldn’t leaving anything worth more than 25$ value.

  29. My boyfriend is there, says the food is terrible , has a year and three months there, unfortunately we speak very little phone line; I can not visit why I’m in Mexico. Have about 700,000 bail bond equivalent are few years? Can someone help me with this data please, I really appreciate

  30. How can I find out if an inmate has been placed on administrative seg; do they tell you if you ask?

  31. With my experience on trying to get information from the guards about inmates they seem not tell

    • They don’t you have to go to and enter there info it’ll pop up they aswholes just don’t wanna do they Jon or they been moved or caught chain

    • You can now easily look up inmates online, it shows their mugshot (if not restricted) and informs you of their alleged charges as well as inmate VID, the tower and Tank or Pod they have been placed on.

  32. my husband been in there for days now and he has a medical condition he has a herniated disc in his back and I am his primary caregiver and they will not tell me a damn thing I’m so worried about him his name’s arthur b baggerly is someone knows of anything or anyone I can contact please help me

  33. Does any one know if i have a warrant can i go see someone in there without any problems ?

    • you will get locked up

  34. I don’t have a problem with the rules or the dress code. They problem is the guards are not consistant with following them. It seems like they pick and choose what they want to enforce for the day.

  35. It is true they treat the civilians like they are criminals. I have never had any legal issues. Obviously most of these guards were bullied when they were younger. Now they have their little uniforms on and they can be a bully legally. It is a shame. Something needs to be done regarding this problem. I have worn the same shorts up there twice only to be told the second time I could not wear them by the same guard that was there the time before and he did not say a thing about them. If they are having a bad day they are rude to the visitors.

  36. If I set up an account to put money on someone’s books and I have a warrant, will the police come to my house?

  37. Okkk so it aint his fault that he had to beat up that security guard at the club. It was the security’s fault because he was hating on my baby’s father, all my boo wanted was for me to twerk on him. Is that so bad? Eitha way me and my baby had a good night besides all that, Ima bail him out soon as i get my child support check from that otha busted ass baby daddy. Free my boo Jequavian.

  38. How many days is it in LS for $6000?

  39. My son has been in there since April. Fell from top bunk and was taken to Parkland. X-ray showed Crack in neck. Labs showed uninary track infection. Complications have set in. He has still not been treated for infection. This is criminal. Texas Jail Project is trying to get this taken care of, but jail ignores them. VERY VERY concerned. I guess my next step is sales my cr and hie a lawyer

  40. Free my husband! Garreon Montrey Washington <3 I bonded him, just hurry and get him in court so he can come home and get pampered like the king he is!

  41. Free my husband! ((Garreon Montrey Washington)) I already bonded my baby out just got to get him to court!

  42. My husband has a 1,000 bond but we cannot get a bail bind bc he failed to appear n still owes like 100 bucks..
    Can he pay 1,000 with time instead ?? Anyone knows??!!!!!

  43. I was in the Kay’s Tower for a month… Horrible… The 5B pod was like a daycare… Kids these days, very disrespectful… 20 year olds…I got tired of listenening to bond stories, what they came in for etc….commissary comes, everybody up..when you gotta clean,everybody sleeps… I’ve clean all up 4th floor,floors…. Nasty…guards messy….Special Shout out to Mrs Johnson and Ms.Bennett… They care!!!!

  44. What to do if you lost the debit card they issue?? Before I even activated it, I lost it. I’ve called and called and just get the run-around… Help!!!

  45. Do lew sterrett jail check to see if you have warrants before you visit inmate? If so what kind of warrants?

  46. I went to visit my son only to be denied the visit with no explanation I had only drove 65 miles one way for nothing very disappointed,worried,concerned what the hell?

  47. my baby is going here. im scard for her to go. her bail is only 100$ so i dont know how long shes going to be in there. can you please help. how long will she be in there for??

    • Only a day or two at the most

  48. Was there and worst place to be terrible food, rude officers

  49. Who is the jail’s mandatory phone provider? I cannot find any link to make sure I pick the correct phone service. I know jail is not a fun experience, but why do the friends and family have to suffer through an ocean of ignorance to get their questions answered? Dallas, can you please have some sort of link or reference to your acceptable phone providers?

    • Offender

  50. This place is horrible. Look at my reply to a comment above for a detailed portrayal. Wanted to comment once more.. that if any of you parents out there have a kid that you think needs to learn a bit of a lesson and not the one that if they get in trouble mommy or daddy will be right there to get them out of it? Let them spend a few days or a week in there telling them that you don’t have the money or that they need to learn a lesson. Basically let them feel what it’s like to go to jail having nobody there to help and that them themselves are the ones who got them into the mess and have to deal with the choices made. Let it sink in and then get them the heck out of there. It will do them a lot of good. They will be fine as long as they’re not in North tower and will get a lot out of the experience. But by no means to I wish any kind of extended stay or stay at all for anyone, not even my enemies. For some though the time will save them from screwing up worse in the future.

  51. i have a grandson in this jail. he is only 19, considers himself a bad ass. he is about to find out how bad asses are delt with in dallas.

  52. Bad food…cold…filthy..rude guards….#myexperience

  53. Sadly enough,
    I spent many years in and out of that jail and many others-I even spent 15 months in one 20 man tank housing 70 people.
    I don’t break the law anymore. I traveled all around the US with the feds and stayed in jails everywhere- they all suck.
    Some of the guards were nice and some weren’t but either way – they are just people with jobs. I sure wouldn’t want to have a health issue in there. Prayers to your loved ones- my son is in there now and I could bond him out with $50 but won’t. Maybe he’ll learn to obey the law

  54. What r sum of the commisary prices also how much r care packages??I dnt have a clue lol but kno for sure ima stay down for my BD and he need socks underwear and shirts too.any cmnts would help plssss 🙂

  55. They need to be careful on their calls because other inmates watch them and try to use their calls since they run out or whatever the case is ,my boyfriend was in court and I had gotten a call from he jail so I thought it was him and wen I accepted the call it turned out to be another guy using my bfs numbers but obviously I told him about it and they all denied it

  56. My husband was in the North Tower and finally got transferred to Kays Tower and made Trustee. He said that the North Tower was dangerous and ridiculous. The fire alarm went off during our visit because someone lit something on fire in his cell. If you have loved one in there, put as much money on their books as you can afford and go to the Dallas County Packages website. Pick some special things that you know they will like and send them a care package. There’s stuff on there that isn’t available to them in the jail. Get a routine down for visitation so you know when is the best time to go. Good luck to all of you, I pray a blanket of prayers over everyone in there. <3

  57. Never been to jail but this was funny lol. These post keep me focus and remind me not to ever go!!

  58. Thx for having me LS. I appreciate you denying me my insulin for over 20 hours. Didn’t realize your opinion I didn’t need injection medication I brought to keep me alive overruled doctors orders.
    Oh, by the way guards in the tank, When you sleep during your shift inmates tend to notice and commit offenses accordingly. Might be wise to not use your “career” as a place to take a nap.

    Anyhow, my multiple injuries will heal you didn’t break me forever. 😛

  59. Lewsterret is a F#$%^& up place to be for anyone…Just like everyone said Its very nasty unprofessional staff They dont give a damn about your loved ones needs nor must haves Its just a low down dirty SHAME Everyone need to get together and TELL IT TO TIM The news man And maybe finally something will get done about this place No it dont suppose to be a comfortable stay But you also dont suppose to go in for traffic tickets that you cant afford to pay etc..etc.. and come out with something you cant rid of cause the bitch is so nasty in there dumb ass…..


    • That’s exactly what I was thinking reading all these. Maybe that’s a good thing people despise their stay. Makes you think twice before you break the law. Although I was just a visitor but Kays Tower seemed okay (For a Jail). No one was overly friendly but all were pleasant enough??
      Good Luck To All!

    • Common courtesy doesn’t cost anything. I love to see when the tables are turned, and they find themselves in the shoes of the inmates that they treat less than human. Bottom line – – it’s just unnecessary to be tacky, ghetto and rude.

    • Sometime bad things happen to good people

  61. My son has spent sixteen months here on the North tower 6th floor… It has been an awful experience to say the least. If you have a medical condition, make sure you have documentation from doctor to prove your medical condition, otherwise you will be denied needed medications. My son suffered alot without his medication. My prayer is that God’s message of hope and salvation reaches each and every inmate, and that God will shine His “light” in this very dark place. Amen! Galatians 5:1 Freedom~ Jesus Christ set us Free !!!

  62. I want to visit my husband but I have 2 traffic warrants will they arrest me if I go down there? nyone visit lately with warrants, whats the process?

    • Yes they will arrest you, don’t go

  63. That lewsterrett jail is very nasty, the people there are very unprofessional, its just a shame that building needs to be tore down ,at the end of the day we are still human beings!!!!!

  64. I’m sorry but I’d rather be in Dallas County then these little city jails! Yea Lew Sterrett sucks. I’ve been there more times than I can count. The best thing to do is sleep all day and read their books at night. It makes the time go faster.

    • Except Denton they got everything js…

  65. I hated dat place north tower i was in but tha tank i was in it was cool i got long wit blacks n hispanics dis couple months but dem guards dont care for inmates yea we fucked up in free world but we gon b sentence n it dont give dem right to fuck wit us dey need to do der job n give wat we ask for
    Fuck miss p and saenz n officer west their shift is something else jus bad cuttin tv off n givin us a hard time wen someone got sick im free as a bird an aint missing it i read bible n came out a better person we was there for reason now i value freedom so
    Much n thank god for keepin me positive while in there hope north tower inmates in 7 floor make it home soon

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  67. The guards ain’t so smart, I’ve fooled them twice and got out

  68. My boyfriend is in there right now. I haven’t received a call since he was added to population making me worry my cell phone doesn’t accept collect calls.

    Are you not allowed to send pictures? It states only letters and postcards. I was hoping to send him photos to brighten his day. Anyone know the rules and restrictions on this? Thanks!

    • Yes you can send pics nothing explicit though, he can only call to a land line, that accepts collect calls our you put money on your cell phone, 20$ just to start, google it

    • You can but regular size nor bigger then 8×10

  69. Hey tha my picture they are using on this web page !!! Iv been a resident a the dallas county jail in the gay tanks all they do is hav sex and smoke weed n lots of drama and fights also relationships

    • Hello, someone just told me that my fiancee’ is in the homosexual tank. I didn’t even kno there was one til now. Clld, was told to cll back tomorrow but, Im stressin so, can anyone tell me if 5-P-3 is in fact a homosexual tank?

    • @Janet check to see if he is on the west side of the jail west tower has a gay tank and they also fu*($ up a lot so don’t panic it could be a error especially if he was intoxicated when he went in

  70. Hello i am Korynn Forge I have been here before. Lew Sterrett is horrible and the people who work there are EXTREMELY UNPROFESSIONAL! Alot of them look low very low class. And the way they talk to people in there is absolutely crazy! I am going to form an organization against this type of treatment! Lew Sterrett needs more educated, and compassionate people working there to do this type of business. Even the police officers there are EXTREMELY LOW CLASS Citizens. I would not say it if it were not TRUE. I recently wrote a letter to the Director there and she responded in a very uncaring manner. Her name was Dianna Cliate. She was very rude and inhumane i laughed at her in her ignorance lol. Ridiculous! I have no respect for the type of people that work there.

    • I agree with u I been there a few time I know what u r talking about am fighting a case now I need help on it buy I know god is good u can call me text first so I can know that u

  71. I was recently an inmate here at the the LSJC. I had never been to jail before and this was a bad enough experience to convince me that I never want to go back to any jail. I was arrested at around 10PM on a monday, booked into the jail at 11PM and was lead to the waiting room you sit in while you await to see the arraignment magistrate. They seem to have the AC on full blast 24/7 so if you didnt come in with a sweater on (i.e. in the middle of summer) you can guarantee you will be freezing. You are permitted to sit in cold, hard plastic seats with your feet on the ground for hours waiting for your turn to see the magistrate. they call you into the courtroom in groups of about 16 every 3 hours or so. I finally got to see my magistrate at around 7AM. You are ushered into a courtroom where your charges are read to you in front of everyone else and your bail amount is set. You are asked if youre a US citizen and if you will be needing an attorney. Thats it. They call it an arraignment but you are never allowed to enter your plea. Afterwards youre ushered out for mugshots and fingerprinting and given the opportunity to pay your bail in full (which most of the time you cant because most banks place a restriction on how much you can withdraw which is always less than what your bail is) and then its off to the holding tanks. I waited in one holding tank for about 2-3 hours before my TB test was administered and my personal belongings were finally removed from me (cell phones are confiscated at the time of booking and you are not allowed to see them again-so if you werent smart enough to grab phone numbers from your contact book youre screwed. Then its off to dress out. Youre ushered into a shower room where you are split into individual stalls and ordered to strip and are given your very attractive striped outfit and shower shoes. For me they ran out of socks so i didnt get any and had to suffer very cold feet for 3 days until laundry came around and I could get a pair. After you dress out youre given your wool blanket and towel in a mesh bag and ushered into yet another holding tank (by this time it was approximately 12 pm–any sense of time at this point was pretty nonexistent) to await cell assignment. it took them about another 3 hours to figure that out for me…but before that they pull you aside for an intimate interview and ask you if youve ever been a victim of a sex crime…do you think you will be raped and if youre a homosexual. I am gay so I did say yes and was asked if I preferred to be assigned to homosexual housing (colloquially name the “gay tank” by the inmates) or if I wanted to stay in General Population. I elected to be assigned to the “gay tank”. At this point I was then given my wristband (which I had to show more time than I could count). I was taken to the west tower where I was given my mattress pad, silicon cup, plastic spoon and roll of toilet paper and was escorted to my tank. Apparently there are 2 types of tanks: 8-man and 24-man. I was placed in a 24-man which consisted of a common area, the toilet/shower area (whats privacy?) and then there were the actual cells…8 men to a cell on 4 bunk beds. Finally…16 hours after I was booked into the jail I was in my cell. The next 4 days were equally as unpleasant. The meals were food that taste like the cardboard box they came in and they never arrived at the time they were supposed to (430 AM for breakfast, 11AM for lunch and 430PM for dinner). The air conditioning was blasted 24/7 so at night it got very cold, especially when lockdown happened from 12A-430A. I heard about fights on a daily basis and because of this I decided to pass up the opportunity to be escorted to the recreation area. The detention officers were careless people who we extremely unconcerned for the welfare of the inmates. I would observe that it would take hours for them to respond to any requests that an inmate would have. 4 days after I was booked, a friend of mine posted my bail and it took 6 hours for them to inform me that I was bonded out and to pack my things. I gathered up my things and was taken back to where I surrendered my belongings and placed in yet another holding tank that smelled very strongly of body odor and unshowered people. you were called out one by one and given your clothes back and allowed to change into them and then it was back into the holding tank. we were then taken out in a group of about 12 people and given back our personal belongings one by one but we werent allowed to open the bags that held our stuff. We were ushered into another line where we then were crowded into one of the elevators down to the first floor. We formed one more line before the last door opened….the door to freedom. All in all those 4 days I spent in The LSJC were 4 days I would never wish upon anyone. Ive read so many horrible things about this jail since I have been out and personally saw most of what people complained about.

    • Thanks for the information. Alway good to hear what it is like inside.

    • I took EVERY step you just posted. I went in around 10p on a Monday also…I NEVER wanna see that place again!

    • You are very accurate in your description. Once you arrive the wait to get on the the next point of being dressed out takes appsalutely forever. Some people say it’s taken 18-20 hours and all this time you are sitting in a cold as hell room with annoying people all around you, guards who do not care for anybody who is not one of their own nor even treat you like a regular person. (When I was in city jail before this I was told I had stayed in that jail the longest but was one of the nicest people they’ve had come through in some time. Once I got to Dallas no matter what I was disrespected over and over and over by those a**h****.) And all you have are 2 20 year old tvs (“when I was sitting there for 13 hours when I had already been arraigned at city jail”) there was an hour through the night where on the men’s side they had a bra infomercial playing. The food is appsalutely horific.. and they do not even provide you with enough of the nearly inedible food to go to the bathroom regularly. (I couldn’t go but every 3 or so days). If your withdrawing from drugs they place you in west tower with the mentally ill inmates and I’m telling you some of them are freaking nuts. And the pods are as disgusting as the holding cells mentioned above. While in these pods the other side of the hall the actual cells probably 15-20 ft away are nothing but people on 23 hour lockdown. Basically solitary confinement. I’ve never gotten to see this in person before then but just WOW does that raise a whole other topic on its own and really helped me to understand just what torture solitary is. Once I was I got moved from west to Keys (the new) tower. Things weren’t so bad considering have been in west tower. They have flat screen tvs an ice maker and microwave. I guess to nuke the horrendous food unless you have romen to heat up. All things considered Lou Sterrett was by far the worst jail or experience I’ve even been through. Was in Dallas for 6 days and i would take the month i spent at neighboring Tarrant county any day. That place is just down right disgusting and your treated like scum on the bottom of the man’s shoe. People do whatever ever you can to make sure you never have to go through this hell and any other jail for that matter. You do not have to to have an appreciation for a good noble and honest life.

  72. Worst effing place ever!!!! What everbody else says about this place is true. The guards for the most part treat you like crap! The food…if you even want to call it that it absolute crap! Id never wish this place on my worst enemy

  73. Worst nastiest restrooms for visitors!! And the most rude ass female officers that are at the door when u go visit an inmate!! Damb jail needs to be burned down for good!!

  74. Nasty bathrooms for the visitors. I HAVE met some nice guards. I hope they are treating my son and other inmates well. I had an issue with a guard and I reported it to internal affairs. Some people need guidance to get their lives straightened out. I pray that our loved ones get the help they need.

    • After reading your post I’m truly hoping you are talking about the folks locked up and not the staff. There are bad apples in every barrel, but it’s beyond me why people were rose colored glasses. PEOPLE.. ITS NOT THE STAFF THAT ARE BAD ONES. THEY ARE NOT THE ONES THAT PUT YOUR LOVE ONES IN JAIL. LETS PUT THE BLAME WHERE ITS DUE. DON’T BREAK THE LAW AND YOU WON’T HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE STAFF- ITS REALLY THAT SIMPLE!

  75. My bf in the new building and i thank god each and everyday for watchin over him not only that at least he know somebody in there he cool with hopefully he get out cause im lonely without him all i do is send him letters and put some more money on his books and just love hearing his voice and go on visitation knowing that hes okay

  76. Its horrible. My son was having a gall bladder attack which we know is so dangerous and extremely painful. This lasted about a week and he kept filling out those request thingys and NOTHING! I could do nothing but sit home and cry. Some of the folks there are rough people but there are a lot there that are good people but they just made a mistake. Those guards could get so much more out of the inmates if they would show they really cared and wanted to help them. I have met a prison guard that swears by this. He says he works with a bunch of guards and they all try to show respect and care and its amazing the difference. I guess some just let the power go to their heads and/or just dont care. I pray my son is in an area where he has a few caring guards. Thats our only hope is to pray this. Treat them like animals and they will act like animals. If anyone knows of anything to do I will be on board. Other than that just pray!

    • You are so completely right. What you give is what you get back. There are a few wonderful nurses and guards in every tower, and some with big heads too. More than half the inmates think they are entitled to services no matter what, and think the rules don’t apply to them. I’m sorry your going through a rough time. I pray you get your family member the proper help they need.

    • I was arrested 8 years ago for trespassing . i spent 4 months in jail pregnant. I had hypormisis i was only taken to a doctor to prove i was pregnant. I told the arresting officer id been invited and had three witnesses to the fact id be renting the extra room.the officer called me a liar. I have epilepsy, asthma, type 1 diabetesand,and im supposed to wair hearing aids but the officer nocked them out when i went to seizing.this was due to the stress of being woken at 3 am, yelled at, the car lights, and being told i was going to jail. meaning i would lose the 2 part time jobs, one at McDonald’s the other taco bell i was supposed to start that morning. He said i was trying to hit him. sorry but those People here saying everyone in there are criminals and deserve the bad treatment are the ones who sound ignorant to me.

  77. the worst place ever the guards are so freaking rude they dont give a damn is freezing cold and they don’t care to give you a cover is just not a place to be my heart goes out to people in that place…..

    • Let’s see – I think we should start a petition for 3 large 4 corse meals a day along with a couple of snacks for the folks who stay hungry, a spacious room with a luxury bed. Mani- pedi and hair done twice a week, a pool and spa just in case inmates get stressed. ( lord forbid the guards don’t get stressed) shopping once a week…. Everything to make life wonderful and peachy while you await your trail. ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME! Why do think you are SOOO uncomfortable? ( come on now think real hard) maybe it because they don’t want you to stay? Hard working citizens that obey the law pay for your crappy scrap blanket and crappy food. Your damn lucky you get that. So sit down shut up and say thank you cause at the end of the day you had shelter (your welcome by the way) – rant over.

    • Well said! All these people whining sound so ignorant. Don’t like jail? THEN QUIT BREAKING THE LAW! I’m 28 years old and have NEVER been arrested for anything. And trust me, I’ve been through it all. There’s no excuse!

  78. I simply want my baby out…. And everyday hes gone. It breaks my heart. And the uncertanty of not knowing when I’ll ever see him again is the worst…

    How long is a sentance with a $2,000 bond and years of federal history before hes realeased?

    • I know how you feel, my boyfriend is in there too. He is supposed to be released today but their system is down.

      But to answer your question (kindof) my boyfriend has a bond of $25,000 and he sat in there for about 2 1/2 months before he was released on a PR bond.
      Get him a good attorney who can sign him out on an attorney bond or find a bailbonds company. You will have to pay 10% so if his bond is $2000 then you pay $200 & he’s free in 3-4 hours. Sometimes it can take longer. Check out Mavericks Bail Bonds, they’re really cool & provide quick release. Hope that helped.

    • My boyfrind has a bond of 25,000 too. So that means hes guna be in there for a while??? 🙁

    • my man has 50,000 bond and a hold on it.

    • My Guy has One $100,000 bond & Two *No Bond* Charges. 🙁

    • Omg My Baby Is Gona Be There For Awhile Then He Gets Transferred To Tarrant County :/ iMiss Him Sooooo Much </3

    • How do you know when they are transfered….also want to write him how do I do that. My bf got picked up in dallas on a tarrant co warrant

    • when they transfer him they will send you a post card to pick up him clothes.I just keep checking the web site to see if his name and picture pop up i know hes in there.

    • My lil bro has three counts. $100,000 each. How long until he can get a bond reduction. Anybody?

    • I think when he plea bargans with his attorney and the prosicuting attorney . they go back and forth offering him a lesser charge to get some time served and get the best deal they offer him.You should write him and ask him to write his layer and ask for a bail reduction. it cant hurt.

    • Get a new boyfriend!!

    • LOL

    • My boy got 200000 how long is that worth

    • I miss my ricky lee carreno with all my soul I did not like cops at Downtown,Dallas because how they did to my love of my life how he cry for Sylvia Lynn Carreno I wait her back now it dont feel some with out my Ricky Lee Carreno From Mrs.Carreno

    • Oh my god, you sound so ignorant.

    • Hi I’m Marvin runnels remember me when I was lock up on a certain day inmate ,who was supose to get out but instead took to parkland hospitial emg.yall let me out so I wouldent talk huh ,yea I’m well naw my layar name was sospose to b scootie allen huh.?R u listen mr. Robbins white boy don’t quit remember me huh thoght it was joke when u put me n dat old shoole eletrict chair huh ?

  79. I’m going to visit my boyfriend tomorrow, and I am so nervous. It breaks my heart to know how horrible this place is. Now, I’m even more concerned, especially because he does not deserve this. He told me the food was bad, and he couldn’t sleep. 🙁

    I really hope nothing bad happens to my boyfriend because the guards don’t care. If they dont like their job, they need a NEW ONE DAMMIT!

    • Agree with you going thru the same

    • Well my son has arrived there this morning from state jail im so worried i hear alot of bad things about that place i pray my son gets time serve after almost 2 yrs in state jail

    • If your boyfriend’s in jail I’m quite sure it’s not for helping an old lady across the street. If you have any self worth – you would run far way and find yourself someone that don’t break the law and drag you down too. You deserve much better than that . Do I know him? No – glad I don’t ! But I’ve read enough to know he can’t get his act together. Btw – those guards risk their lives daily to keep scum in line. Like it or not. We all have choices at the end of the day.

    • Rosa – do you really think everything is so black and white, wrong and right? Is it justice for an addict to spend years locked up on drug charges? Have you ever tried to imagine what someone else’s life might be like? There are so many inmates doing time for victimless crimes. Not bad people. Some are good honest caring people who would and have given others the shirt off their back. And unless you’ve ever spent any time in jail, you don’t know the first thing about what the guards are really like. If you knew how it really is and what the guards are really like, it would crack the foundation of that pristine ivory tower upon which you sit and judge and bring you down here with the rest of us common folk, or as you so eloquently put it – scum. Rosa – please do get right because everything you think you know – is wrong.

  80. Starting July 19, 2013 you can not visit inmates if you come in wearing flip flops or any open toed shoe. Shorts must be past the knees.

    • It’s for your own safety.

    • they want you to dress office cassual. the men have it hard enough without haveing to look at all that skin. they got to keep them calm/.

  81. My son is in the North tower 6th floor he tells me there are fights all the time and the guards do nothing about it they let them slug it out. There might be some hell raisin if someone really got hurt bad or killed. There needs to be something done about the guards not giving a damn. Before something bad happens to someone’s friend or Family member.

    • They only way to make this known is to contact the News Media. If the public is aware, then perhaps they will do a better job maintaining control there.

    • I no

    • just last summer a man had a heat stroke and died in there. But you dont hear that on the news.

    • I wouldn’t believe rumors. Unless you were personally in that tank, then how would you know? Is it possible an imate said these things to get attention? Something to think about . Besides if folks wouldn’t break the law they wouldn’t be in jail in the first place. We all have choices at the end of the day.

    • My fiance was in Kays last week and was jumped bc he wouldnt beat someone else up. Someone should compile a list to take to the proper authorities. They let this savage beat on him even after he was unconscious…

    • thats bad. i hope nothing happens to my man. i think it helps to visit them so the gaurds know someone out here cares and will notice if hes all beat up. letters brighten there day too.

    • naaa you fight your out of there and put in single cell. all alone with your own toilet shower bed and you sleep or ya write, the book cart comes around and commisarry

    • Is inmates able to have a cell phone in there .

    • Totally agree….

  82. Never been there but my bdaddy has to do 30days and i sit at home wonder ing what hes doing what time he has to b sleep and etc…..

    • well i guess he eats when they feed him he sleeps when hes tired and he has to stay out of trouble cause in the dorms its steps and a row of bunk beds more steps more bunk beds.he can talk to people and watch tv but he can pick the channel. they left cartoons on all day and night . i didnt even watch them. they were annoying

    • That’s for Real!

  83. Worst place ever uugghh

    • They even treat the visitors like crap they need to do something about that

    • yep they think they got to boss everyone around

    • I so agree… They are nothing but smart asses or rude asses. I mean damn if you don’t like your job get another one.

    • You’re going to a place because people didn’t follow the law how do you want them to be really treated. They shouldn’t be there in the first place

    • Yes, they do and they treat us like we committed the crime. Texas has an injustice system.

    • jail is not for any one. i think there are worse jails out there then this one. i think they should get maditory counciling to help them not go back to jail. rehab for addicts job placement and housing if they have no where to live.get them back on their feet dont though them back into the streets with nothing. how ya going ta get a job with no phone or place to shower no money to get to the job by bus – train. please people they need help maybe even mental help. homeless shelters are likejail. you wake up get ready they kick you all out by 7 am if you haVE SOMEW WHERE TO GO OR NOT. SOME TIMES THEY HAND OUT BUS PASSES YOU GOT TO GET A JOB ALL SWEATTY LOOKING AND BE BACK AT THE SHELTER BY 8PM. WHAT IF THE JOB IS LATER THEN THAT? I’m talking about the dallas city shelters. Some shelters have dental and medical of some sort. Child care while your at work. after school programs. But that one is for mothers with kids only and its in Houston. Plus they try to get you and APT or a house for low income people but if you have a feloney for get it.


    • You can put money on someone’s books at ace check cashing

  84. I agree with Steve A. It is a horrible place to be. It’s almost impossible to sleep at night and the food is disgusting. If you ever think you might be arrested in Dallas County, make sure you have at least $100 on you to put into your commissary account so you can buy decent snacks to eat while you are awaiting your bonding out. And, the pods are unbelievably nasty. Make sure you wear your jail provided shower shoes when taking a shower–it’s easier to do that than to have to first spray down the shower area with disinfectant. Also, before you lie down on your assigned bunk, wipe it down completely with the disinfectant, even spraying it on the sheets and allowing enough time for the stuff to dry.

    • the commasary food is all junk food . nothing healthy and your paying for it.

  85. Terrible place to be. Was here forever and food was worst ever.

    • Hello;I am Oscar Avila. I want to know my best friend name is Oscar Maldonado booking 13070547.. I say. I want dismissed him?

    • My crews daddy in there he aint complaining about it, yea he ready to get out but complaining aint gone getcha nowhere. He does try 2 make sure he has $$ for commissary [so im guessing tha food ain too wassup] lol and $$ on his acct to call. anyways cant do too much of nothin but pray…. #FreeBobbyD

    • yea I keep tryin ta get a ride to put money on my friends books. noone else does it . Help I need a ride

    • I have ride 469——-

    • The meat tastes all the same just made into differant shapes. How about the jello soup? Whats up with giving everyone all that bread?My soap was inside my drinking cup when i unpacked. I washed it all out but it still tated like soap. Why do you have to make your bed ?I was told to and I took and folded all the sheets and blanket up and stacked them. A gaurd dissided she didnt like me and threatened to put me in single cell. she thought i was knocking on the glass to be let in from the basket ball courts. it was the girl behind me. I stood at the gaurds desk and didnt say a word. then when i was bailed out and came out the doors she was talking to the hall way gaurds behind the desk. and i stood still and quiet and she said what is she doing out here. real mean. I said im bailed out and they all rush to the fax to see if i was. i cried when they said my name and pack up.i was so happy to get out of there.i had no problems with the inmates i kept to myself. even though i was hurt with road rash on my leg and could hardly walk up steps it was bleeding though my jumper. the girls asked and i showed them. I took a walk around the dorm a few times with the others. I wasnt sure i was getting out.Turns out the bail bonds had computer trouble i should of been out in the morning but the fax didnt get there till dinner time.Then i was out on paper for a long time over a year every week checking in. id ask if my case had been delt with hed look and say no. then I asked it had been well over 1 year and he looked it up and found me as no bill. then he had to get me out of the system of their computers whats a few more days. isnt it there job to stay on top of who got sentenced and when your free off bail?gees

    • Wow… all these comments sound so sad! BUT.. did you ever think about the pain inflicted on the victims? I hear nothing about that. Sometimes we have to pay for what we do. No one in here is not an adult… Not old enough to know better. I personally have no sympathy!


    • The victims can lie on stand and put on a great show. I advocated for a retarded person earlier this week and his lawyer didn’t act concerned and did little objections. I’m not an attorney, but felt I could do a better job. This was a court appointed attorney and ALL they want to do is get the case passed. My young man is a follower and not a leader and the other person got off scott free while my young retard man was sentenced. Please tell me how this young man can make it through the system at Huntsville without being raped, beat, threatened. Texas law is an injustice to some prisoners. We are the only largest state that murderers and prisoners can be innocent and still get lethal injections. So Ethel, please tell me what justice is being done for mentally retarded and innocent prisoners. Yes, I do feel sorry for victims and there is no justification, but both sides need to be looked and seriously investigated.

    • shut the f– up if they got pulled over for tickets should they sit in Lewlew

    • Why do they give a shot during booking process? Is this mandatory? What is the shot? Are they secretly infecting people with something?

    • so you r complaining about the food…why get there is the first place…your lucky you get food and commisary but your complaing bc you got yourself locked in jail…makes total since

    • All of these exact same bad things were said about, “Dawson State Jail”, where I was an officer there, but, I loved my job at, “Dawson”, and I consider myself as having been a good, and caring, officer, I was well respected there by both staff, and inmates, there are good officers, and there are the bad. Do they not have, Hall Porters, at, “Lew Sterrett”, to keep the restrooms clean when needed? As far as the food, most the time it looked pretty good to me, especially, on Mexican food day!! 🙂

    • So my husband calls me everyday. .even if I don’t have the money for the call he still calls.. but the past 2 days he hasn’t called ….I had set up a video vist and they didn’t bring him 🙁 so… now I’m worried idk if he okay or what can be happening

    • Cold cuts every day
      Stayed in jail for two weeks by the grace of God I’m not going BACK!

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