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TDCJ Inmate Search and Jail Roster Information

Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is a department of the government of the US state of Texas, responsible for statewide criminal justice for adult offenders. TDCJ manages inmates in state prisons, state jails, and private correctional facilities in the state of Texas. TDCJ operates the largest prison system in the US.
Inmate lookup gives you detailed instructions on how to perform a TDCJ Inmate Search, get offenders information. You can also find information about sending money to inmates, visitation rules, phone calls. Our Texas Inmate Search has the most comprehensive jail database on the web.

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Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ)

Texas Inmate Search Website

Website

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Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Address

Address

P.O. Box 13084. Austin, Texas 78711

Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Phone

Phone

Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Fax

Fax

512-305-9398

Find detailed records of inmates serving their sentences in Texas state prisons using Inmate Lookup. Records are maintained by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).

Inmate Lookup is designed to make it easy for you to find information about people who are incarcerated. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice TDCJ maintains a centralized database of inmates that anyone can search. This database covers inmates in facilities administered by TDCJ only, however. This includes state prisons and state jails but does not include city jails, county jails, or other detention facilities.

County jails, police jails, and city jails in Texas individually maintain all the records about the inmates they currently hold. Inmate Lookup provides you with a list of these facilities below. Each has a link to a page with more detailed information, like phone numbers, location, and procedures for visiting inmates.

Each facility’s page here at Inmate Lookup provides a link to its website. There, you may be able to find information about inmates they are currently holding along with details like their projected release date. However, not all facilities have the same level of information available online. You may need to call some of them on the phone to find the information you’re looking for.

Detailed instructions are given below so that you can look up inmate information from the TDCJ inmate search database. Further down on this page we provide a listing of city jails, county jails, and other facilities in Texas along with contact information. Again, with each listing, Inmate Lookup also provides a link to their website.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice TDCJ Inmate Search

The Department of Corrections operates and manages all the state prisons and state jails in Texas. If the offender you are looking for is not in a Texas prison, you will need to seek out information from particular jails on the list put together by Inmate Lookup further down this page.

To use the service and search for an inmate in Texas DOC custody, follow these steps:

Step 1: Visit the Texas tdcj inmate search website.

Step 2: Enter the inmate’s name, TDCJ or SID number, age, gender, and DOB in the required fields. (Note: you don’t have to include everything, but you do need at least one of the identification numbers or last name and first initial.)

Step 3: Click on the ‘Submit’ button.

On the results page, you can see the list of all inmates matching the specified criteria.

You can also find out information about a TDCJ inmate by contacting the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Correctional Institutions Division, at: P.O. Box 13084. Austin, Texas 78711. If you discover the person you’re looking for is not in a state facility, Inmate Lookup has assembled a comprehensive listing of other facilities lower down on this page.

How to Call an Inmate in Texas

The Offender Telephone System (OTS) in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice allows eligible inmates to make paid telephone calls to friends and family, in accordance with the TDCJ Disciplinary Rules and Procedures for Offenders.

Information or registration

Before you can receive calls from a TDCJ offender, you must first register your telephone number:

  • Internet: texasprisonphone.com Note: You will need the offender’s TDCJ ID Number to register to receive phone calls from him or her. If you do not know their number you can find it through the online offender search at https://www.tdcj.texas.gov/offender_information/index.html or by phone at (936) 295-6371 or (800) 535-0283. The phones are answered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.
  • Telephone: (866) 806-7804

What is required to register?

In order to receive calls from an offender, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) requires that you register and meet the following requirements:

  • The name on your driver’s license must match the name on your telephone service bill/listing
    You must agree to the following conditions:
    You are the registered owner of the phone that will accept calls from any offender you register for.
    You will allow offender calls to this phone.
    You are at least 18 years old.
    You will not forward calls, make 3-way calls or use a speakerphone on calls received from any offender you register for.
    You understand that eligible offenders are not allowed to speak to any adult that is not listed on their Approved Calling List.
  • If you don’t possess a Texas Driver’s License or State ID, you will be asked to upload a photo or photocopy of your out-of-state driver’s license.
  • If you have a cellphone, you will be asked to upload a legible copy of your last cell phone bill, it cannot be a screenshot, it has to be an actual phone bill that you would receive from the phone company, that shows:
    Cell Phone Number
    Customer Name
    Cell Phone Company Logo
    Billing Address (Note: Usually on the first 2 pages)
    Monthly Basic Phone Charge (Note: This is usually on the Account Summary Page)
    Date of phone bill
    We are sorry but we are not able to accept LifeLine (Government Assistance) cellphones

(If you are registering a pre-paid cell phone and you do not receive a phone bill from your prepaid provider, you will need to send a screenshot from your online account that shows your name and billing address, telephone #, date, and company logo.)

(If you send an edited phone bill or screenshot, your enrollment will either be delayed, or a block will be placed on your account prohibiting you from being approved.)

Telephone calls can be placed in the following manner

  • Collect calls – charges are accepted when the offender calls.
  • Friends and Family Prepaid – the owner of the telephone number establishes an account in which to deposit money to pay for the offender’s calls.
  • Offender Telephone Prepaid Debit Account – the offender or family can deposit money into the offender’s account.

For fees and rates click here.

The following rules apply to the system

  • Phones are available from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., unless conditions dictate a change.
  • Calls are limited to 30 minutes.
  • You will hear a warning message one minute before being disconnected.
  • Offenders have unlimited minutes per month.
  • All calls, except to the Attorney of Record, are subject to monitoring and recording.
  • Calls may only be made to home landline telephone numbers, post-paid cell phones, and pre-paid cell phones. No calls are allowed to internet services, 800 numbers, businesses, pay phones, or international numbers.
  • To receive calls, the name on the registrant’s driver’s license or state identification card must be reflected on their telephone listing or bill.
  • To register, you will be required to confirm that you:
    Are the registered owner of the telephone number.
    Agree to allow the offender to call the phone number.
    Are at least 18 years old.
    Will not forward calls, make 3-way calls or use a speakerphone on calls received from the offender.
    Understand that eligible offenders are not allowed to speak to any adult that is not listed on their Approved Calling List.

If a victim does or does not wish to receive calls from offenders, they should contact:

Victim Services Division
8712 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 265
Austin, TX 78757
Telephone: (800) 848-4284

E-Messaging Service

E-messaging allows friends and families to send electronic messages to offenders. To learn more about the service and to set up an account, click the following link: E-messaging.

Complaints about the vendor service for the Offender Telephone System or E-Messaging Service should be forwarded in writing to:

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Information Technology Division
Offender Telephone System Contract Manager
PO Box 4016
Huntsville, TX 77342-4016
E-mail: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions about Performing a TDCJ Inmate Search

What is the difference between jail and prison?

This is a common question. Though both types of facilities have to do with the forced confinement of persons for reasons of public safety, the main differences have to do with the length of confinement and who runs them. Generally speaking, jails are used to hold persons who have been arrested and are awaiting trial in court or to detain offenders who have been convicted for minor crimes. They are operated by local governments on the city or county level. Inmate Lookup provides you with an accurate list of these kinds of facilities in Texas (see below).

Prisons, on the other hand, house offenders who have been convicted of more serious offenses and who have a projected release date farther in the future. They are typically run by the state or the federal government. Examples in Texas include the James V. Allred Unit and the O.B. Ellis Unit. Inmate Lookup walks you through the process of finding someone in a state facility at the top of this page.

How do I lookup a TDCJ number?

The TDCJ (Texas Department of Criminal Justice) number is assigned to each inmate who is in TDCJ custody following a conviction. It is used as a way to catalog all information about a felon during their entire time in the criminal justice system. If you know the number, you can use it to look up an inmate in the system. You can find the number on the TDCJ website listed above by Inmate Lookup. You will need to have either the name or SID number of the person you are looking for.

What is a SID number?

An SID number is an abbreviation for State Identification Number. Individuals who are arrested for a crime are assigned an SID number, which is used for record-keeping and identification purposes. You can use the State Identification Number to look up a Texas inmate in the TDCJ inmate database. Inmate Lookup has provided easy instructions for how to do this near the top of this page.

What kinds of information can I find out about inmates in an inmate search?

Inmate Lookup provides you with simple instructions for searching the TDCJ database near the top of this page. When you look up an offender, you’ll be provided with the following information collected in the system:

  • SID number (State Identification Number)
  • TDCJ number (Texas Department of Criminal Justice number)
  • Name
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Maximum sentence date
  • Current facility
  • Projected release date
  • Parole eligibility date
  • Inmate visitation eligible
  • Offense history

If available, you will also see information about the scheduled release date, type, and location. A space near the bottom includes the offense history, which gives you details about the prisoner’s initial conviction and any additional convictions. Data includes the sentencing date and Texas county locations where offenses were committed. You’ll also see the case number and the length of each sentence. The current facility listed links to another page where you can find the address and phone number for that facility if you need to find out about how to contact or visit an inmate.

You won’t find photos (mugshots) or their date of birth.

You can also find out information about a TDCJ inmate by writing to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice,

P.O. Box 13084. Austin, Texas 78711.

Information obtained from the database about a TDCJ inmate is only to be used for permitted purposes.

If you need to find out about a prisoner who is not in the state system but rather in a local facility, Inmate Lookup has pulled together a comprehensive list below.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Inmate Searcher

Fill out the form below and receive a detailed report on an inmate. This includes current and previous arrest records, social media handles, current and previous addresses & phone numbers.

Prisons and Jails in Texas