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Inmate records in Texas are first created when a person is arrested. Then those records are updated and follow the inmate throughout the entire justice system. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is the government agency in charge of inmate records. They keep them online and searchable in a database which is updated frequently. This allows the general public the ability to run an inmate search at any time of day or night.
Finding someone in prison in Texas is straightforward. The process for finding someone in jail is different, however. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice offender search feature makes it easy to lookup a prison inmate in Texas. Follow the easy instructions below:
Additionally, the Infotracer tool is another excellent way to lookup inmate records, arrests, criminal histories, court cases, and more!
The state of Texas has an enormous amount of correctional facilities both at the county, state, and federal level. The prison system in Texas includes:
The state of Texas has ninety-five of its own state-run prisons but also uses ten private facilities to hold inmates. All of these institutions are overseen by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The Texas Juvenile Justice Department also runs six juvenile detention facilities. The federal government has nineteen federal prison facilities in the state of Texas. Additionally, there are one hundred and fifty county jails throughout the state-run by local Sheriff's Offices.
Texas’s prison system holds 163,703 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 137,915 residents are held in state prisons, 45 in juvenile correctional facilities, and 12,051 in local jails.
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Texas has a lot of state prisons. Each has a different focus, demographics, and units for different levels of custody (minimum-security to maximum-security). They are operated and managed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The ninety-five state prisons in Texas include:
The process of searching for an inmate in a state prison in Texas is very easy. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice keeps all inmate records online and searchable. Simply, follow the instructions below to find an inmate in a Texas state prison:
The Federal Bureau of Prisons also has nineteen federal prison facilities inside Texas. They have an extensive website with information on each institution, and the demographics held there. The list of federal prisons in Texas includes:
Finding someone in a Texas federal prison is different than finding someone in a state or private prison. The Federal Bureau of Prisons (FOB) is the entity in charge of all federal facilities. Therefore, anyone wanting information on a federal inmate must contact them directly. They do have a good website with aTexas inmate locator feature on it and information about visitation and sending money or gifts to inmates.
Texas has one hundred and fifty county jails. These facilities are overseen and managed by local law enforcement. The list includes:
Because all jails are managed and run by the local Sheriff's Offices, anyone looking for an inmate in jail in Texas would need to contact the county Sheriff's Office directly.
The Texas Juvenile Justice Department is the agency in charge of youth offenders. They keep six juvenile detention centers to house minors who have committed crimes. The list of juvenile detention centers in Texas includes:
Juvenile records are private and not searchable online. Therefore anyone wanting information about an inmate in a Texas juvenile detention center must contact the Texas Juvenile Justice Department or the facility itself. Their website includes information on visitation and phone calls.
Due to the vast number of people incarcerated in Texas, they also outsource some of their population to private prisons. These private prisons, however, are overseen by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The list of private prisons in Texas includes:
The process for searching for an inmate in a Texas private prison is the same as with state prison. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice maintains all inmate records in a consolidated database that is searchable. Follow the instructions below to find an inmate in a Texas private prison.
Texas has about 251,000 people incarcerated in the state. Most of them (163,000) reside in state prison. Fifty-five thousand of them are in local jails, another 27,000 are in federal prisons, 4,200 are in juvenile detention, and about 1,400 are in mental institutions. More people are incarcerated in Texas for drug charges than any other crime. The second most popular reason people are in prison in Texas is property offenses and violent crimes.
Texas’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 563, which is higher than an average incarceration rate by 25%. The number of Texas prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 163,703, from which 9% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 149,368 in 2016.
All inmates who are released from Texas prisons will return home to family and friends. Although Texas corrections programs do help with substance abuse issues and a reentry plan, they do not have facilities to help transition an inmate from prison back to society.
Parole is a supervisory program in Texas where an inmate is let out of prison early to return home. However, they must follow some strict rules, including regular check-ins with a parole officer. Failure to follow the rules will land them back in prison.
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|State Parole Population:||111,287|
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Some judges prefer to order probation rather than prison. In cases where the offender does not pose a risk to society, this option helps with prison overcrowding. Probation is a supervisory program also where the probationer must follow a set of rules to remain free, or they will go to prison.
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|State Probation Population:||374,285|
|Change in 2016:||-1%|