Dallas County Jail is located in Dallas County and is the primary correctional facility for the county. Know someone in jail at Dallas County Jail? This page will tell you information about anything you might want to know about Dallas County Jail: Find out who’s in jail at Dallas County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information. And much much more…
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The thought of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give you information that you’ll need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that could help other people in the same situation will be welcome.
Dallas County Jail
600 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and don’t know how to contact them?
Do you know someone who has been arrested and you want to locate them?
To look up who’s in jail at Dallas County Jail you will have to navigate to their link and do an inmate search.
The Dallas County Jail Inmate Locator has information on people currently in custody, including custody status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get the same information for anyone who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can locate their inmate information fast if you enter their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.
If your friend or loved one is at another county jail you can check the other Texas county jails in our Texas County Jail Guide: Other County Jails in Texas
A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photograph, is the picture taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. They take one and a profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.
Mugshots of inmates can be found on the Dallas County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Dallas County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in the name, and an arrest date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to get your mugshot taken off of the Dallas County Jail site? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, if you’re locked up, your main thought is about how to get out. After booking, your bail amount is decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.
If you are released from jail you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and you are required not to go out of town.
In most cases, prisoners in the Dallas County Jail can earn time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while incarcerated.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will either have to stay jail each day after work, or you could be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money will lose that bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
You need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Dallas County Jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it is very simple to do. First of all, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you can’t use a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t take a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you should use a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will usually request to use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
To find a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Released For Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- You must answer a number of questions, like what is your full legal name, home address, birthdate and a contact person.
- They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be issued an inmate ID.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
- You will then be allowed to use the phone so you can get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.
Have you ever been booked into jail? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait? What was you treatment like? Do you know any things that could help other people to get through the procedure?
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Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere from 15 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get let go. Also, it can depend on whether you’ve been given a bond amount or if a judge still needs to determine how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a release date, you should plan to get discharged between 9am and noon.
How To Turn Yourself In
In the event there is a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and let them know that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring required items when you turn yourself in, such as your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a official sentencing order.
The inmate must list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will be entered into the log for the inmate. Each visitor has to provide identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies change often, so it would be wise to double-check the official site before you visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are typically more costly than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges may be limited or forbidden.
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. Clearly print the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not mail anything in a package or box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail is opened and read and inspected by the staff, and will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.
If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Dallas County Jail, use this address:
Dallas County Jail
600 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Dallas County Jail
600 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75202
The inmate mail policy at Dallas County Jail can change, so you should review the the Dallas County Jail website when you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the complicated legal system in your county. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better.
For more information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find an Attorney in Dallas County
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are actual lawyers, admitted to the Texas State Bar Association and are licensed to represent you in court and practice law.
Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?
Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records contain a court case file containing a docket and each of the documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You have the ability to access your court case records with the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are kept at Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.
The Dallas County magistrate is the judge who presides over your case in court. Magistrate judges do different functions, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you are able to request to have a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you must go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.
Do you need to find out if some you know is in jail, or has ever been locked up?
To do so, just visit the Dallas County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:
- Date of birth.
- Their booking date.
- and their jail ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the website or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and this information is available to anyone.
Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like a court order. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access these listings online, but keep in mind that you will not get the precise address, just the block that they live on.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file that includes a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.
When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
During a criminal records search, you generally won’t discover if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
- Any accidents.
- Minor infractions or moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You must be over the age of 21.
- You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You must be a US Citizen.
- You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You must pass a drug test.
- You must have a good level of fitness.
- You must be in good health.
- You must have a valid Drivers License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
- Victims have the right to notification.
- Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
- Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- Victims have the right to restitution.
- Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
- Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- Spouses and children of all victims.
- Parents and guardians of minor victims.
- Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
- Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
- Guards and jail staff
- Jail food and commissary
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Inmate safety
- Gang activity
- Prisoner activities and programs
To get this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your account could help other people.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Dallas County,the Dallas County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List:
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the Dallas County jail is no fun, in time you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You should expect an alarm to wake up at about 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.
Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Dallas County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Dallas County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.
How To Send Money to an Inmate
You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.
The process for sending funds to Dallas County Jail inmates is likely to change, so you should review the official website when you send money to an inmate there.
The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.
If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.
You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.
Pods / The Yard
The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.
As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.
News and Media
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Types of Jobs at Dallas County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Dallas County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.
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There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.
If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.
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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.
The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.
Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.
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Sex Offender Information and Search
All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.
Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been incarcerated at Dallas County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Dallas County Jail?
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Tell Your Story
Everbody that’s been incarcerated has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?
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