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This page is dedicated to the Ector County Jail or Ector County Correctional Facility located in Odessa, Texas. Have you been here before? Tell us about it by clicking here.

Ector County JailHow Do You Locate An Inmate at the Ector County Jail:

The best way to see if an inmate is locked up is to visit Ector County Jail’s website by clicking here. You can search for all inmates or search for inmates that were just arrested in the last 48 hours.

You can also call 432-498-4355 to get information on an inmate.

Where Is The Ector County Jail Located:

The address for the Ector County Jail is 2500 U.S. 385, Odessa, TX 79766.

What Time Is The Jail Open:

The Ector County jail is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

When Are Visiting Hours at the Ector County Jail:

You can visit on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The Ector County Jail has two sessions for visiting. You can either visit in the morning or the afternoon.

Inmate visitation at the Ector County Jail is held twice daily on Tuesday and Thursday. Morning session begins at 8:30 am. Registration for morning session ends at 10:15 am.  The afternoon session begins at 2:00 pm. Registration for the afternoon session ends at 3:45 pm. The evening session begins at 5:00 pm. Registration for the evening session ends at 6:45. Visiting time will be 20 minutes. An inmate is allowed 2 (two) visits per week. A new week begins on Tuesday. Visitors who have traveled 100 miles or more may be granted a 30-minute visit by Administration. You must present valid ID from your city or town of residence.

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

You need a valid government photo identification. The only ID’s that the Ector County Jail accepts is a State Identification Card, State Driver’s License, Current Passport or Resident Alien Cards. Anyone who is under 17 must have an adult who is at least 21 years old go with them to visit the inmate.

Ector County Jail visitation is conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Visitors must fill out a Visitation Permit and turn it into the receptionist at the Detention Center, and they will be called when their turn comes.  If you already have a completed visitation permit, it may save some time. You can print out a visitation permit at home, in either English or Spanish, and complete it before-hand.  Visitation permits will not be accepted during the last 15 minutes of each visitation period.

You can fill out the registration form at the Ector County Jail or you can fill and print it right now. Click here for the form in English. Click here for the form in Spanish.

En Espanol

Martes, Jueves

8:30 am  –  10:15 am

2:00 pm  – 3:45 pm

5:00 pm to 6:45 pm

La visitacion en la carcel es concducida en basis de orden de aribamiento.  Todo visitante debe obtener un Permiso de Visitacion y entregarlo a la recepcionista en el Centro de Detencion. Su nombre sera llamado cuando el tiempo sea permitido de visita. Si usted  tiene anticipadamente  un Permiso de Visitacion   le ahorara mas tiempo sin tener que esperar a llenar su forma. Usted puede obtener copias de este permiso en casa disponible en Ingles o en Espanol y llenarlo de ante-mano.

Tome en cuenta que los permisos NO seran aceptados durante los ultimos 15 minutos de el periodo de visitas.

Para imprimir un PERMISO DE VISITACION, oprime el link appropiado, luego oprima el boton PRINT. Click here for the form in Spanish.

What Items Can I Bring To A Prisoner? How can I get books to an inmate at Ector County Jail?

All clothes, shoes, etc. have to be bought in prison. You cannot send inmates any of these items. You can send them certain books and magazines. You cannot send the pornographic books or magazines.


Only paperback books of a non-elicit nature will be accepted.  The only way an inmate can receive books or magazines is by placing an order through a catalog warehouse or by placing an order through the internet and having the items shipped directly from the warehouse to the inmate. The Ector County Jail will allow you to order books or publications from any internet site like Amazon, Google Books, Walmart ect. We will warn you though the Ector County Jail does not say this specifically, try not to order from sellers Outside of the USA. Some jail mailroom officials will turn back anything coming from outside of the USA.

P. O. Box 331 -or- 2500 S. Highway 385

Odessa, TX    79760

Magazines are allowed, but cannot be of an illicit nature.  No pornography or magazines of poor taste will be approved.   (The following publications have been banned from this facility:  Blender, Stuff and Maxim).

Religious materials are only accepted through our ministry program.

How can I get property from an inmate at The Ector County Jail?

At the Ector County Jail all items, with the exception of clothing, may be released to an individual, if the inmate approves the release.  Clothing may be released only if the inmate has been sentenced to TDC.

If an individual does not want all the inmate’s property but is requesting a specific item or items be released from the inmate’s property, the release must be approved by Administration.

Monies in an inmate’s account can be released to immediate family only with the approval of the inmate.

Click this link to retrieve a property release. You can print out complete the release and bring it to the Detention Center, or you can obtain one at the center.

How can I deposit money into an inmate’s account?

At the Ector County Jail, Money Orders have to be entered in an inmate’s account no later than noon on Tuesday. Money orders can be sent through the mail. Make sure the inmate’s name and Ector County Sheriff’s Office Identification number we assigned to the inmate is on the money order, along with the purchaser’s name.

There is no limit on the amount of money an inmate can have in their account. (which is subject to change) However, there is a limit on how many commissary items an inmate can purchase each week.   The maximum amount allowed is $75.00.

Additional information regarding inmate accounts and commissary:

Information regarding an inmate’s account balance will not be released.  Inmates are provided with a price list for commissary items.   The Ector County Jail does not give this price list out to the general public.

NOTE: Cash may be deposited on an inmate’s account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by utilizing the kiosk located in the vestibule area of the main lobby. In order to deposit money into an inmate’s account, the depositor must enter either the inmate’s name as we have them booked or their correct Sheriff’s Office number. The following denominations are accepted for deposit: $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

The kiosk also accepts MasterCard, Visa and Debit cards.

How do I send mail to an inmate?

You may send inmate mail to:

Inmate Name   (SO # IF KNOWN)

P.O. Box 331

Odessa, TX   79760

It is not necessary to include the inmate’s SO number, but it does speed up the delivery.

What can I send an inmate in the mail?

At the Ector County Jail handwritten or typed letters, single print pictures, (no polaroids), computerized personal digital photographs, money orders, cashier’s checks or government checks are acceptable.   Legal mail is accepted from attorneys and governmental agencies.

Money orders, cashier’s checks and governmental checks may be sent through the mail to be placed on the inmate’s account.  Cash shall not be accepted in person or through the mail.

All other items sent through the mail may be considered as contraband and handled accordingly, using our procedure for dealing with contrabandthrough the mail.

What Is The Phone Call Policy:

Inmates are allowed access to phone system between 7:00 AM and 11:00 PM every day. On average a local call of 30 (thirty) minutes cost $4.90.

Normally inmates are not allowed to have calling cards but if an inmate needs to make international calls (any calls outside the United States), they can purchase an international calling card from the commissary. An inmate can either purchase a $10 or $20 international calling card.

What Is The Website:

Click here to visit the Ector County Sheriff and Ector County Jail/Correctional Center.

Ector County Jail in Odessa, Texas


  1. Inmates have a list of people that can visit them. How many people can be put on that list?

    • Jessica, I won’t swear it on the bible. but in most counties that require the visitors appear on a list will only allow 5-10 on that list, most often it is 5

  2. The page for the Ector County Jail was updated on December 18th of 2017, if you have any questions or suggestions for content to be included, please shoot us an email at

  3. Does anybody know how I can get some info about an innmate???

  4. does anyone know if I can take reading glasses up to the detention center for my son who is housed at the Ector county detention center.

  5. The spanish lady with the dog face should learn some manners.

  6. I have my wife going to this jail

    I take it the visitation is between glass partitions or what?

    I live over 100 miles away

    Do they allow visits where we are in the same room instead of between glass ?

    First time dealing with this

  7. How can I get the inmate id number to write to them and what is the mailing address

  8. I went to visit my fiance in jail this past Friday and I drove all the way from Austin to see him. Not only did they not allow me to see him for 30 min, but they didn’t even let me have 20 minutes with him. CO Edminston was extremely rude and I WILL be filing a grievance against the ECDC. I understand they deal w some really shady people on a daily basis, but not everyone is terrible or have bad intentions.

  9. This picture is of the courthouse.

  10. I have a relative in this jail for almost 60 days and we have not been able to get the
    shoes, socks and underwear to him as of today. It cost to send these items and then have them returned is very flustrating.We have ordered these item 4 times.Each time it is for a different reason, first the address was not all there, then he was not on the list to receive them, but really he was. Something needs to be done about this condition.

    • You can not send clothes such as underwear.You have to put money in there account an they can buy them at the commissary.Also while in custody they wear jail jumpsuits an sandals.

  11. how to add money to inmates??

  12. EXTREMELY unorganized when it comes to visitation. I was 20 minutes early for Saturday’s morning visitation at 8:30; I went up to the window to check in and the woman behind the glass says “we open at 830, have a seat” I look at the seats and they are practically all taken. Now I understand that Ector County is over populated along with its jail and its a privilege to visit inmates but visitors need to be signed in as they arrive.


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