Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Inmates in Texas
As number seven in the top 10 states with the most prisons, Texas is a hotspot for inmate visitations and prison information. In fact, Texas' total prison population is about 154,479, making them not only the top 10 in prison facilities but the number one state with the highest prison population!
Here's what you need to know about visiting inmates in Texas so you can keep in contact with your loved ones.
First and foremost, you can be prison pen pals with an inmate and write to a prisoner to communicate with a friend/family member, or you can make a trip to the facility during visitation hours. Keep in mind that writing letters to inmates on your own can require a lot of your time and often be a hassle to ensure they were delivered.
Using DoNotPay's Prison product to craft your letter can be much easier because you can save on time, and rest assured that your message will get to your loved one in prison.
Even better, DoNotPay can also assist you with locating inmates if you don't know what prison or jail they're in, receiving letters from inmates, and showing you how to address letters to an inmate.
Tips for Visiting Inmates in Texas
When visiting inmates in Texas prisons/jails, there are at least three tips to keep in mind before you make the trip over:
|Be prepared to fill out an application first||In most prisons, you cannot just show up unannounced and visit an inmate. However, there are a few that will not require this process. Check in with the prison beforehand to ensure you're properly prepared for the visit.|
|Know the prison or jail visitation rules||Each prison or jail has its own set of rules on what you're allowed to wear to the visit when you can visit an inmate (and how many times in a month), items you can have on your body at the time of the visitation, and more.|
|Know the types of visitations available and which you and your loved one qualify for||The most common are non-contact and contact. Non-contact visits require a glass between you and the inmate, while contact visitations allow you to sit at a table with an inmate when visiting. Touching rules during contact visits vary, so you can get clarification from the prison or listen to the guards (they will tell you if you do something you're not supposed to).|
What You'll Need When Visiting Inmates in Texas
When visiting an inmate in jail or prison, you will need to show some identification before proceeding. An eligible visitor accompanying them will do for a minor (17 and under). However, an adult must bring one of the following to visitation as long as it is not expired:
- Driver's license
- Military or Armed Forces I.D.
- United States Department of Justice Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) I.D.
- Your U.S. or foreign passport with a photo
Some other forms of identification may be allowed. If you do not have an up-to-date version of these, contact the facility to learn about other options they may provide.
Options for Finding an Inmate in Texas on Your Own
It may be tempting to scour the internet for every jail in Texas (and there are a lot!) to find out where your friend or loved one is incarcerated. However, there are much better ways to go about your search.
For instance, you could:
- Go to the state's website: for Texas, this would be texas.staterecords.org.
- Fill out as much information as possible (i.e., where the crime took place, inmate information, etc.).
- You can request records via email, including the conviction offense of the inmate, their history of incarceration, location and other details of current incarceration, and even when they're expected to be released.
- You may also call the local jail if you know where the crime happened. They will be able to confirm or deny whether your friend is there.
While these actions can yield the results you need, they can also be time-consuming and sometimes complicated if you've never done it before. Having DoNotPay take over the task can eliminate the hassle of communicating with inmates in Texas.
DoNotPay Can Help You Communicate With Texas Inmates
When you need a good solution for contacting an inmate that doesn't involve a bunch of searching and hard work on your end, DoNotPay can help. With our Connect With An Inmate feature, you can both receive and deliver inmate letters.
Our platform ensures that your loved one gets your physical letter, and you get their responses. Outside sources that offer similar sources do not have the same capabilities.
All you need is the inmates’:
- I.D. or booking number
- The name of the prison or jail they're incarcerated in
- The inmate's unit
If you are unsure where your loved one is incarcerated — no worries. We can help with that too. All you have to do is the following, and we'll locate your loved one in a matter of minutes:
- Locate the Connect With an Inmate service on DoNotPay.
- Choose whether you want to locate a loved one, create a virtual mailbox, or send a personalized letter.
- If you want us to find your loved one, provide his or her personal details and the state they are located in. We'll then conduct a search on the appropriate state database.
- If you want to create a virtual mailbox, just provide your full name! We'll set one up for you so you can easily receive incoming mail from your loved one.
- If sending a personalized letter, tell us which facility your loved one is located in and what you would like to say to them. You can even include a photo! Your letter will be delivered automatically - just wait ten days for it to arrive to your loved one!
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