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The Tarrant County Detention Bureau is the jail system for Tarrant County, Texas which is run by the Tarrant County Sheriff.  The Tarrant County Sheriff is Bill E. Waybourn.

The primary jail facility in the Tarrant County Detention Bureau system is the Lon Evans Correction Center, but there are five total jail facilities.  Facilities include: The Tarrant County Corrections Center, the Green Bay Unit, the Belknap Unit, the Cold Springs Unit, and the Lon Evans Correction Center.

The Lon Evans Correction Center is a 207,7000 square foot maximum security center, which was built to USGBC and LEED standards.  This center, which can house approximately 5,000 prisoners, has a staff of approximately 1,000 men and women.

The Tarrant County Jail houses the Tarrant County Jail Industries.  This job-training program allows approximately 15-18 female inmates to learn a profession in the sewing industry, increasing employability upon release.  The unit is also responsible for creating much of the clothing used in the prison, including: mattresses, mattress covers, inmate clothing, and bedding.  In addition, the unit repairs uniforms and bedding.  It also makes specialized clothing and leather goods for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.

The Tarrant County Jail offers a number of opportunities for inmates.  Inmates have access to a law library, educational services including GED and ESL programs, counseling, medical services, and psychological services. 

Most inmates are short-term residents.  The facility books approximately 35,000 inmates each year.  They are received at the Corrections Center, where they are booked, photographed, and assigned to housing units.

Jail Address:

While there are actually five facilities for the Tarrant County Jail, the primary address for the Tarrant County Corrections Center is:

Tarrant County Corrections Center 
100 N. Lamar
Fort Worth, TX 76196

Mailing Address: 

The mailing address for the Tarrant County Jail is:

Tarrant County Corrections Center 
100 N. Lamar
Fort Worth, TX 76196

Inmate Mailing Address:

The mailing address for the Tarrant County Jail is the same as the physical address.

Inmate’s Full Name and CID Number
C/O Tarrant County Jail 
100 N. Lamar
Fort Worth, TX 76196

Inmates have access to the U.S. mail delivery system.  Letters mailed to inmates can be no larger than “legal” size documents, which are 12” x 16”.  Inmates cannot receive items in the mail, except for unframed photographs that are 4” x 6”.  Inmates can receive self-developing Polaroid-type photographs, but they must have their hard-backing removed prior to being mailed to the inmate.  Inmates cannot receive more than 10 pictures per letter. Photographs with sexually explicit or otherwise inappropriate material, such as physical violence or gruesome subject matter, will not be allowed.

Any contraband will be returned to the sender.  However, if the contraband violates laws, it may subject the sender to prosecution and may not be returned to the sender.

Inmates can receive new, soft-bound books.  These books must be mailed from a retail book store, which is well-established and recognizable as a book retailer, such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  Inmates can also receive publications like magazines or puzzle books, but they must be sent directly from the publisher.

Phone Numbers:

The general information number for the Tarrant County Jail is 817-884-3000.  Inmates cannot receive incoming phone calls; for information on phone calls from inmates, see our inmate phone call section.

Tarrant County Jail Inmate Search:

Tarrant County Jail maintains an inmate roster which allows you to perform a Tarrant County inmate search, because the roster includes a full listing of inmates currently at the Tarrant County Jail.   You can search inmates by first name, last name, CID number, race, and sex.

If you view an individual inmate’s details, you can find additional information on the inmate including age, race, sex, booking date, arresting agency, and bond amount.  There are mugshots/booking photos on the inmate search site.

Inmate Bookings:

Tarrant County Jail maintains a list of people booked within the last 24 hours; you can access 14 days of daily booking reports.  There are no mugshots on the daily booked in reports.  The Tarrant County Jail also maintains a list of daily bond reports, which show when an inmate bonds out.  There are no mugshots on the daily bond reports.

Recent Arrests:

Tarrant County Jail maintains a list of people booked within the last 24 hours; you can access 14 days of daily booking reports. 

Mugshots:

The Tarrant County Jail maintains mugshots/ booking photos on its inmate search site.  You have to click on individual inmate records to find the mugshots.  There are no mugshots on the daily booked in reports or the daily bond reports.

Tarrant County Jail Visitation:

Four of the five facilities have the same visitation hours.  These facilities are: Corrections Center; Lon Evans Corrections Center; Green Bay Unit; and Belknap Unit.

Friday
Inmates whose last names begin with the letter A – L
9 a.m. through 3 p.m.

Inmates whose last names begin with the letter M – Z
3 p.m. through 9 p.m.

Saturday and Monday
Inmates whose last names begin with the letter A – L
9 a.m. through 9 p.m.

Sunday and Tuesday
Inmates whose last names begin with the letter M – Z
9 a.m. through 9 p.m.

The Cold Springs Unit has visitation for males and females on alternating hours.  Odd hours are designated for visits to female inmates, while even hours are designated for visits to male inmates.  The visitation schedule for Cold Springs Unit is:

Friday
Inmates whose last names begin with the letter A – L
9 a.m. through 3 p.m.

Inmates whose last names begin with the letter M – Z
3 p.m. through 9 p.m.

Saturday and Monday
Inmates whose last names begin with the letter A – L
9 a.m. through 9 p.m.

Sunday and Tuesday
    Inmates whose last names begin with the letter M – Z
9 a.m. through 9 p.m.

Inmates who are hospitalized can receive visitors daily, from 5 p.m. through 9 p.m.

Visitation rules:

Each inmate will be limited to one 30-minute visit per day, and three visits per week.

Visitor sign ups begin 30 minutes prior to the start of visiting hours. 

A maximum of two adults will be allowed to visit at any one time. 

No more than two children, 17 years of age or younger, may visit (maximum of 2 children).

Children 17 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Visitors must be authorized; those who have been incarcerated in a Tarrant County detention facility within the past 6 months will not be permitted to visit. 

Out-of-town visitors who can verify their residence may be entitled to a 40-minute visit.

Visits may be terminated at any time when the conduct of the visitor or inmate threatens the safety, security and orderly operations of the facility.

Visitors must remain in the building. No in-and-out of the building is permitted.

Visitors must comply with a conservative dress code, which prohibits: •    Revealing shorts
•    Sundresses
•    Halter tops
•    Bathing suits
•    See-through garments of any type
•    Low-cut blouses or dresses
•    Leotards
•    Spandex or tight-fitting pants or blouses
•    Miniskirts
•    Backless tops
•    Pajamas
•    Hats or caps
•    Sleeveless garments
•    Skirts 2 inches or more above the knee
•    Dresses or skirts with a high-cut split mid-back, front or side
•    Clothing that looks like inmate clothing (Institutional-type) (Khaki or green  military-type clothing)

Visitors may not bring the following items into visitation area: food, drinks, tobacco, lighters, matches, cameras, electronic recording devices, cell phones, backpacks, bags, purses or unlabeled prescription medication.

Visitors bringing infants can bring: a diaper bag with a blanket and bottles, and an infant carrier.

All adult visitors must show identification, including state-issued driver’s licenses or i.d. cards, passports, immigration ID cards, and military cards. 

Inmate Phone Privileges:

The Tarrant County Jail allows inmates to make outgoing phone calls.  Inmates cannot receive incoming phone calls and the Jail will not take messages for inmates. 

Inmates are allowed free phone calls during the booking process.  They can use phones in holding cells to make calls to arrange bail, contact attorneys, or inform their families of their circumstances.  These calls are free within a local dialing area.

Once booked, inmates can no longer make free calls.  Instead, they must call collect, and, by accepting the phone call, you are accepting charges.  These charges vary depending on where you live.  To find out the charges for calls from the Tarrant County Jail to your number, you can contact Securus Correctional Billing at 1-800-844-6591.

Inmate Trust Accounts / Commissary:

Inmate trust accounts can be used for both commissary and canteen purchases and are a way for inmates to food and hygiene items that are not provided by the Tarrant County Jail, during the period of their incarceration.

Inmate trust accounts are for monies that friends or family members deposit for inmates to use while they are incarcerated.

You can make monetary deposits for inmates at the Tarrant County Corrections Center, 3rd Floor.  The address is 100 N. Lamar, 3rd Floor, Fort Worth, TX 76196.  Hours for deposits are
Monday – Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The following types of currency are accepted for deposits: U.S. cash (no coin) currency, U.S. Postal Money Orders, Western Union Money Orders, and Government Checks.  Cash deposits must be given in person, but postal orders and government checks may be accepted by mail.

Non-cash deposits will have a 14-day waiting period before being credited to an inmate’s account.

Bail Information:

Not all inmates are eligible for bail.  You can look at an inmate’s individual record to determine whether or not the inmate is bail eligible and the amount of bail for each charge, as well as the court of jurisdiction.

For Information regarding and inmate’s charges and fines, you can use the Tarrant County Inmate Search function, found at: https://ijis.tarrantcounty.com/inmatesearch/.  In addition to finding bond information online, you may also call a bond information phone number.  Call the Tarrant County Jail Inmate Information Line 817-884-3000, to determine if bond has been set and the amount of the bond. Individuals desiring to pay the bond themselves are required to pay the full amount of the bond.  To pay a percentage of the bond, you will need to secure the services of a bail bondsman.

To post bond, you may go to the Bond Desk, Tarrant County Corrections Center, 100 N. Lamar, Fort Worth, TX 76196.  Bond can be posted 24 hours per day.

The purpose of bail is to guarantee that a defendant will appear in jail.  Therefore, when cash bail is posted, it is possible that the person paying the bail will receive the money back once the person that is bailed out has completed their court appearances.  Refunds are handled by the court of jurisdiction over the defendant’s case.

If you need to use a bondsman, you can find authorized bail bond companies in the yellow pages under "Bail Bonds."  Bail bond companies charge a non-refundable fee for writing bail bonds.  The Tarrant County Jail does not recommend particular bail bond companies.

The bond process is not instantaneous.  After bail has been posted, it may take some period of time before an inmate is released.  This is due to a variety of factors that are not within the control of the bondsman or of the jail facility.  For example, how long it takes for an inmate to be released depends on factors like the day of week, time of day, and the number of other releases being processed.

Conclusion

The Tarrant County Sheriff, Bill Waybourn, is responsible for the Tarrant County Detention Bureau.  The bureau processes approximately 35,000 inmates per year.  It includes five different detention facilities: the Tarrant County Corrections Center, the Green Bay Unit, the Belknap Unit, the Cold Springs Unit, and the Lon Evans Correction Center.  The jail also houses Tarrant County Jail Industries, a job training program that teaches female inmates how to sew for professional applications and provides clothing and bedding to the jail and to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department.  

The address for the Tarrant County Corrections Center is: 100 N. Lamar, Fort Worth, TX 76196.  At this address, you can make deposits to inmate accounts, post bond for inmates, arrange inmate visitation, and send inmate mail.  The phone number for the Tarrant County Jail is: 817-884-3000.  The website for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, which contains links to information about the jail and inmates is: http://access.tarrantcounty.com/en/sheriff/detention-bureau.html.

 


Year Built or Opened: 1856 Warden or Supervisor: Sheriff Dee Anderson Total Capacity: 5,000 Security Level(s): maximum

100 North Lamar Street
Ft Worth, TX 76102-1954

Phone Number(s): 817-884-1187 817-884-3080

100 North Lamar Street
Ft Worth, TX 76102-1954