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This jail page is about the Harris County Jail located in Houston, Texas. Your loved one may also be located at the Houston City Jail (Central & Southeast), so be sure and check there also. Have you been here before? Tell us about it by clicking here.Harris County Jail

How Do You Locate An Inmate:

You can locate an inmate at the Harris County Jail by clicking here. You can also can the Harris County Inmate Information Line at 713-755-5300

Where Is The Jail Located:

There are 4 jail locations where your loved one might be held in Harris County Jail

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

The Harris County Jail is located at 1200 Baker St. Houston, TX. is the Main Jail

What Time Is The Jail Open:

The Harris County Jail is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When Are Visiting Hours:

Visiting hours for Harris County Jail are as follows:

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

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

What Do I Need To Visit An Inmate:

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

Acceptable Identification

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

Unacceptable Identification

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

Prohibited Items

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

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

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


What Items Can I Bring To A Prisoner:

Visitors are not allowed to bring any items for the prisoners.

Can I leave money for an inmate or send a care package?

Yes you are able to give an inmate money or send them a care package through iCare Gifts.

What Is The Phone Call Policy:Defense Criminal Lawyer Best Texas

Inmates are not allowed to receive phone calls. However, inmates are capable of making collect calls.

How Do Inmates Release Their Property:

Inmates must first complete a release form and the floor supervisor will then complete a “Property Release Card.” A copy will be given to back to the prisoner and will be mailed out to the designer. Once the card has been delivered, the designer is welcome to pick up the property on the third floor of the Inmate Processing Center at 1201 Commerce Street, Houston TX. Open hours are 8AM-8PM any day of the week and must be within 30 days of card date.

How Do I Pay Fines:

You can pay fines in person at 49 San Jacinto St, Houston TX. The facility is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Payment may be made in cash, money order, traveler’s check, or cashier’s check. Payments can also be made by mail and sent to “Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Fines & Fees, 1200 Baker St. Houston, TX 77002”

Once An Inmate Has Been Released Where Can I Pick Him Up:

You can pick up an inmate northwest sally port at 1201 Commerce St. Houston, TX.

What Is The Website:

You can view the website by clicking here.


  1. So today i went to visit my husband and i waited 3 hours and a half when i got up there they said i couldnt see him cause he didnt have visitations privilage i waisted 3 hours and a half !!! When i gave my id to the officer that was there i asked him and he said that i was going to be able to see him a bunch of liars they waisted my time!!!!!

    • That’s just insane, why in the world didn’t they tell you at the beginning?

  2. My daughter has been at 1200 bakerstreet. It is a horrible place. The guards lie. She was assultet by another inmate and they do nothing about it. She had her personal belongings stolen several times. I complaind nothing was done. When we visit they treat us like dirt too. I dont know what to do.

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  4. Spent some time there a while back, ya it sucks but that’s the price. My only complaint was the arresting officer stole my Zippo lighter that was passed down from my grandfather. The case that clips on my belt was with my property, but the lighter wasn’t. Crooked ass pigs.

  5. Do anyone know what time Harris County turn off the phone at night?

    • 10 pm

    • Not sure. My loved one called me at 2am from one of their phones.

  6. It took me 4 hours standing in line to pay my husbands traffic tickets. There are no chairs or bathrooms. You stand. When I gave the clerk my money, she didn’t know how to enter it into the computer so I had to wait another hour. This system is severely flawed. I didn’t do anything wrong but was penalized. There needs to be change!

  7. How is an inmate supposed to know they have to call collect. My wife is trying to call me and we are never connected. I was told she is trying to make a free call that doesn’t work with cell phones. I set up a collect call account to accept her call but evidently she doesn’t know about that.

    • I am having the same issue very nerve wrecking.

    • The inmate is not given a choice. The calls are put thru a crooked phone service, at Harris county it’s Securus. You pick up the phone on ur tank, punch in ur SPN number n pin and the number u want to call and then u wait a while. If the inmate has an account with securus and is calling a number listed on that account it goes much quicker and easier. Otherwise to get through securus calls the number and when someone answers it says “hello an inmate at a Texas correctional institution is calling you” and if they agree to take the call they gotta quick pull out there credit card and enter it before the time expires (2min I think) and even then it usually doesn’t work. So setting up ur cell phone with ur phone company to take collect calls isn’t going to work. Best way to get calls from Harris county is to go to securus website and make an account for the inmate ( will need spn number) and add ur number to list and put money on the account (a lot $4 per 20 min phone call). But if it’s been more than a couple weeks and u haven’t got a call from securus asking for ur credit card then ur prolly not going to get a call. Most common reason, most people these days can’t remember phone numbers. Nobody actually dials numbers anymore so when u find itself in jail it can be very hard to remember the numbers u need. There is absolutely no chance she was allowed to go into her property and phone to write down numbers, so all she would have is what is in her head. If it’s been less than a week then she probably is just still in processing and u will here from her when she hits the floor (gets housed). There are “phones” available in processing, for free, but most are broken, and there is usually a lot of competition for he working one(s). And they are shit, speaker phones so everyone in the holding tank can hear u and they usually won’t call cell phones anyway. Sometimes u get lucky.

  8. Girlfriend got booked, they registered all her stuff, I bailed her out. On her way out she noticed all the money was missing from her wallet they took from her (all the cash, even the coins). When she mentioned something to the police officer checking her out she got ignored, when she pushed it she was told to shut the f*ck up or she’ll be put back in the cell for longer. Was pretty sad to hear how she was treated, they aren’t lying when they say they treat you like dogs. And they’re thieves. Somebody really should check into this.

    • I’m not saying they are not thieves cuz they are. But all cash from everyone is taken when u go to Harris county. It is put in ur “trust fund account” and can be used to buy commissary. When u get released u don’t get the cash back it is put onto a shitty prepaid card that can be used a some atms. When she walked out the black sally gate to go outside she shoulda taken a left to go get her card. They don’t always tell u this. And when u walk out the sally gate and see the door to the outside right there off to ur right, u tend to want to get out it as quick as possible and it’s easy to miss the little place u get ur atm card. U can still get ur money, call the IPC and ask em how. But no one walks out of Harris county with the cash they had when they got there.

    • They are supposed to give you a check equallibgvthe amount she had when she was booked. Then you cash it at the window once you walk out. Pretty dumb but that’s the policy.

  9. I’m not from Houston my husband and I just moved here 2 yrs ago. My husband committed a crime, I didn’t, but we are still human beings. The male deputies are helpful, but the female deputies are horrible. I called processing to get some information about my husband being released. I didn’t know anything, and the woman that answered the phone was horrible and had no intentions of even trying to help me. And when I asked her what her name was she began yelling at me saying,”You don’t need to know my name.” I simply hung up feeling like wow, really, what my husband says is true, the people behind that glass are ignorant. These people servicing Harris County should be taught some bed side manner. We all serve a higher being and one day we all will be judged.

    • I experienced the same rudness and when i asked how can ibfibd out how my son doing hebsaid oh he having a good time how the heck should know

  10. They should treat the visitors better. But they can’t trust anyone!

  11. They broke the law. In my opinion, they should just have bread and water. They new what they were doing, and what would happen if caught. Or beat your wife. They should be punished. Hell they get cable….I don’t, they don’t have to worry about their next meal….I do have to worry. Their supposed to be treated like criminals. As for the visitors, don’t go up there….they put themselves in there….I never visited anyone in there….only in Montgomery. ….it’s good. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. I tell my husband and sons.

    • Shut tf up everybody makes mistakes maria, let your ass have bread and water and see how long it is before u break dwn.

    • Remeber You’re not Prefect u have done some wrong but just didn’t get caught up

    • You are an evil bitch. I hope you get falsely arrested and see what it’s like.

    • I know I’m not the only one going through this but sometimes if you can’t pay the fees then the only option is for you to sit out your time….you learn and deal with your mistakes, majority of the people are jus trying to make it right again. That’s what I will be doing on May 8th

  12. I’ve been to jail in Mexico and you stay on a mud floor and have rice to eat.These jails are not suppose to be clean like a hotel. Stay out of jail and you won’t have to visit.
    I can’t believe people complaining about the jails.
    I was an inmate and learned real quick this place is nasty. I have not been back since the 80 s. And you think it’s bad now. Back in the days it was100 times worse.
    So stop whinning

  13. I’m amazed that you’ve steyad in contact with someone for 13 years. There are very few people that I’ve steyad in contact for that long! I have high school friends that I still kinda keep in contact with but if it wasn’t for Facebook, I probably wouldn’t. What if you actually form a friendship with a death row inmate? How would you feel when they are put to death?

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  15. If this is where tax-payer money is going to, then someone from Quality Control needs to take a look at this. There are major problems with this system. The jailers not only mentally abuse the inmates, but the visitors as well. They treat the inmates worse than animals. The jailers are the criminals in this case, and not so much the inmates. Mental abuse is a CRIME. The Medical Staff put LIVES in jeopardy, while talking amongst themselves about their personal lives. If these people can’t do their jobs, they don’t need to work there.
    I request that each officer and jailer and jail employee get frequent mental exams and drug tests. God sees everything, and these evil people will get what’s coming to them.

    • 100% correct!

  16. Got to the jail which is very unorganized although everyone was nice and helpful I though it was just absurd that I waited in line got scanned only to get all the way to the visitation booths and have my name called to tell me my cousin already had his visit for today. 2 hours. There should be a better system in place to prevent this!!


  18. It’s so frustrated to have to talk thru those round speaker they should have phones on each side to make it easier to communicate. It’s really difficult to hear each other thru those speaker’s

  19. They treat visitors as if they are criminals as well.

    • I absolutely agree. It’s terrible how they treat the visitors and everyone knows it. My friend girl told me that when her husband was in there she got treated bad too.


    • Well said


  21. I also think that our family should not have to be caged like animals if their charge is not violence related. I understand if the men are violent keep them behind the glass but if is not we should not have to see our husband’s or son’s or brother’s etc treated like a wild animal in my opinion . County Visitation should be like prison visitation .

  22. All my experience’s have been horrible .The officers are very rude to me and my kids they have the worst attitudes and for no reason at all. Its very disgusting always dirty and I think that we should be able to have at least 40 minutes to visit . Over all I’m very disgusted by everything . I think they should not have to be behind glass if your are married and your children are visiting we should be able to hold each other hands if nothing else I wish some of these things be addressed and at least concerited..Thanx

  23. It cost too much to keep it clean that often. Still it’s disgusting!

  24. Visitation area was disgusting. I felt like i needed a bath after sitting there for only 20 minutes. Maintenance should be kept up as least every hour if not more.


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