Dallas County Jail (Lew Sterrett Justice Center)

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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.

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.

What 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 her or calling the Dallas County Bond Desk at 214-701-9026.

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

Dallas County Jail (Lew Sterrett) does not accept cash, checks, and money orders.  Money can be deposited in an inmate’s account by three ways–telephone, on-line, in-person at the kiosks located at the the Lew Sterret Justice Center (Dallas County Jail) 111 Commerce St. Dallas, TX 75208.  To deposit money by phone call 1-866-345-1884 or  by Internet go to www.inmatedeposits.com. You need a credit card to deposit money by phone or on-line.

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 www.dallascountypackages.com. 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.


55 comments on “Dallas County Jail (Lew Sterrett Justice Center)
  1. Steve A. says:

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

    • oscar avila says:

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

  2. Bill says:

    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.

  3. Courtney says:

    Worst place ever uugghh

  4. teara l says:

    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…..

  5. Cat says:

    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.

    • Really? says:

      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.

  6. Sid Truman says:

    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.

  7. Concerned GF says:

    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!

  8. Ashleigh says:

    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?

    • Melissa C says:

      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.

    • Anonymous says:

      Get a new boyfriend!!

  9. ashley88 says:

    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…..

  10. Tammy says:

    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!

  11. Felicia says:

    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

  12. chela says:

    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.

  13. Erica says:

    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!!

  14. Jennifer says:

    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

  15. AJ says:

    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.

    • admin says:

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

    • lmj says:

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

    • Anonymous44 says:

      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.

  16. Korynn Forge says:

    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.

    • Pam says:

      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

  17. benny sustaita says:

    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

    • Janet says:

      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?

  18. Nikki says:

    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!

  19. Ana may says:

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

  20. o.c says:

    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

  21. Emily says:

    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.

  22. tisha says:

    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!!!!!

  23. nee says:

    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?

  24. Rosey Cruz (Broken-Hearted-Mother) says:

    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 !!!

  25. anonymous1 says:

    YOURE NOT SUPPOSED TO ENJOY YOUR STAY! STAY OUT OF THE SITUATIONS THAT GOT YOU THERE!!!!

  26. WTF says:

    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…..

  27. I survived says:

    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. :P

  28. crimefree says:

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

  29. Jenni says:

    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

  30. ashley says:

    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

  31. jessica says:

    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 :-)

  32. janiack says:

    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

  33. eww says:

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

  34. Anonymous says:

    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.

  35. Anonymous44 says:

    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.

  36. Frustrated George says:

    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?

  37. Michele says:

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

  38. miss my baby says:

    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??

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