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This page is dedicated to the Dallas County Jail also known as Lew Sterrett Justice Center in Dallas, Texas.

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Dallas County Jail AKA Lew SterrettThe Dallas County Jail AKA Lew Sterrett houses inmates at North Tower, West Tower, and Kay’s Tower (South 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 or 214-761-9026; in person, visit the jail staff in the lobby at 111 W. Commerce St. , Dallas, TX 75208.

Coronavirus Information:

For County Criminal Court visit this Dallas County Criminal Courts’ Statement.

For Criminal District Court visit this Dallas County Criminal District Courts’ Statement.

Jail visitation for family and friends is currently not allowed for in-person but can be done via this company — Securus Technologies.

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.

Parking During Jail Visits:

Frank Crowley C Garage – Adjacent to the Courthouse (7AM – 8PM).

Frank Crowley D Garage – Across the street from the Courthouse (7AM – 6:30PM).

Frank Crowley Lot F – Directly across the street from the Courthouse (24 hours/day). Most people park at this location. Watch the potholes! And it is $5-$10 to park here.

Also, remember to bring cash to pay to park your vehicle; no free parking anywhere.

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 are 7:00PM-9:00PM  for the appropriate 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 Saturdays and Sundays, any inmate can be visited between 8:00AM-2:00PM.

If you have kids (anyone under the age of 17), the only days they can visit are Saturdays 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. This does not apply to attorney visits. Attorneys can visit as often as needed without it counting against an inmate’s visits.

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.

They will likely conduct a warrant check, so if you have a warrant know that you may likely be arrested.

Here is a list of acceptable identification that is listed on the Dallas County Jail AKA Lew Sterrett website:

  • 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

* To get a Jail Identification Card, a person will need to bring a birth certificate and his or her social security card to the “Probation Check” in North Tower. The Jail Identification Card fee is $5.00.

If a person lives over 75 miles from Dallas, then the person visiting does not have to be on the inmate’s visitor card. But the jail staff will verify that the person lives further than 75 miles from Dallas at the time of the visit. Also, for visitors over 75 miles, they can visit inmates at non-visitation times.

Visitors cannot have been incarcerated within the last six months to visit an inmate. The only exception is if the person visiting is the spouse and the spouse has prior authorization from the jail supervisor.

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 inmates a letter or card. If you want to send them books, they must be soft-back books and must be sent directly from a book publishing company like Barnes and Noble.

To write letters address them as follows:

Inmate Name
Inmate Booking #
Inmate Location (For Example "5W 3")
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.

What Is The Website:

You can visit the jail website by clicking here.

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.


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