TDCJ Inmate Search

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)



How can I find an inmate in TDCJ?

Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) offers a tool to help you search online for offenders currently in Texas state jails and prisons. You can find an inmate HERE, or call the general information line at (936) 295-6371 or (800) 535-0283.

How to contact a prison or a state jail?

Click here to view the prisons and state jails list. You can find the phone number and address of a prison or a jail via the list.

How to visit an inmate in a TDCJ facility?

Before traveling to the unit, you should confirm the offender is assigned to the unit you are planning to visit and has visitation privileges. Visitors should call the unit for final confirmation.
All arrangements to schedule visits must be made through the warden's office between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., prior to the visit.
Each offender is only allowed one visit per weekend. Read More

Should I send money to an inmate?

All essential items such as food, clothing, and hygiene items are provided to offenders. Offenders may purchase additional items from the unit commissary by using funds deposited into the offenders' trust fund accounts.

If you want to send money to an inmate, click here to view instructions for making deposits.

Where do I go to pick up an inmate upon release?

It will depend on what unit they are being released from. Our status line will have that information once a release date is set. The status line number is (512) 406-5202.

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