Dallas County Jail, Texas

Dallas County Jail consists of three different detention facilities at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center located at 111 West Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas 75202. All three detention centers house different types of inmates based on their specific classifications. The Suzanne Lee Keys Detention Facility was built in 2008. It is considered a ‘direct supervision facility’ and can house up to 2,304 detainees.

The West Tower Detention Facility was built in 1983. It was built for inmates with special mental and physical needs (e.g. people who are HIV positive, child molesters, homosexuals, inmates with suicidal tendencies or those who are in protective custody). This facility can house up to 1,530 male detainees.

The North Tower Detention Facility was built in 2003 and it houses up to 3,292 maximum security detainees.

All of Dallas County correctional facilities employ roughly 900 staff members.

How to perform a Dallas County Inmate search

The sheriff’s website has an online lookup system through which you can locate Dallas County arrest records. The inquiry process is user-friendly as it allows you to search an inmate by first and last name (sex and race must also be included), booking number or case number. The county also provides a telephone number that will connect you to an inmate general info line: 214-761-9025.

You may choose to initiate a criminal background check by referring to the electronic inquiry tool provided by the county clerk. It will show you Dallas County criminal records (Felony and Misdemeanor). You will have to enter a Captcha before accessing the search. Once you do that, you will get a list of defendants’ names. Clicking on the name you choose will reveal abundant judicial information on the relevant case.

Using the state’s resources

The TxDPS operates a computerized Criminal History system that allows you to view a person’s criminal background. Using it, you will be able to garner information on Dallas County warrants as well as jail records and criminal cases. The main advantage of this inquiry tool is that it shows data related to all of TX counties. To use it, you will need to register and open a user account.

Lastly, it is possible to perform a Texas inmate search and thus trace an inmate in all of the state’s correctional facilities by using the online database offered by the TDCJ.

Visitation rights & rehabilitation programs in Dallas County Jail

All visitors who are over 17 must have a jail visitation card which can be purchased for $5 at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center following a probation check. Each card must contain at least 3 of the following identification means: Social Security Card, School or work I.D., birth certificate, a TxDPS expired Public Safety Identification Card or a TxDPS Public Safety Renewal Slip (For further details click here).

Visitation is allowed from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding Wednesday). Schedule is determined by the inmate’s last name. Open visitations are held Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

All three facilities offer religious services, study groups, GED programs, computer programs, welding classes, food services, HIV education, Alcoholics Anonymous and parenting and childbirth classes.