The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) houses inmates from across Texas. This page provides general information about TDCJ, a link to the TDCJ Inmate Search, and alternative methods to find out where an inmate is housed. The page also contains links to parole resources and resources for inmates who are leaving TDCJ.
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To find out where your loved one is housed:
You can search by the inmate’s name, TDCJ Number or State ID.
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You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the inmate’s full name and 7-digit TDCJ number. If you do not know the TDCJ number, provide the exact date of birth to get the location of the TDCJ Inmate. Put the inmate’s name in the subject line.
You can also call between 8-5 M-F to find out where a TDCJ inmate is located: Huntsville, (936) 295-6371, or (800) 535-0283.
Pardons and Paroles, call the status line at (844) 512-0461.
Everyone first goes through an intake facility where they are searched, photographed, fingerprinted, and interviewed. The interview covers criminal history, educational history, employment history, military history and drug use. A mental and physical examination is completed. Based on the information collected, inmates will be categorized.
A state jail inmate will be housed in a TDCJ State Jail Facility that is closest to the county of conviction that has space to house the inmate and meets the other classification requirements for that particular inmate.
These inmates are typically sent to the SAFPF unit closest to the county of conviction to stay in close contact with the Community Supervision (Probation) Officer.
You have the right to have TDCJ notify your country’s embassy. You must notify someone during intake to get this process started.
|Administrative Segregation||In the State Jail System, these are individuals who are a danger to others or other present a danger to them. In the prison system, these are members of recognized security threat groups. Segregation invovles little time outside of the cell.|
|Gen Pop 5||These are individuals with assaultve or aggressive disciplinary records. They are not allowed to work outside of the security fence without armed supervision.|
|Gen Pop 4||These are indviduals under high supervision and may work outside the fence with armed supervision.|
|Gen Pop 3||These offenders live in dorms or cells inside the main unit. These are generally individuals who are serving sentences of 50 years or greater.|
|Gen Pop 2||These offenders live in dorms or cells inside the security fence. They may work outside the fence with armed supervison.|
|Gen Pop 1||These are dorms outside the security fence. They may work outside the fence with periodic unarmed supervision.|
Texas Department of Criminal Justice Unit Types
ISF = Intermediate Sanction Facility
DDP = Developmental Disabilities Program
PPT = Pre-Parole Transfer Facility
SAFPF = Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility
Prison = TDCJ Facility housing individuals on Third, Second, First Degree and Capital Felonies
States Jail = Facility housing individuals on State Jail Felonies punishable by up to two years confinement.
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If you or a loved one is sentenced to time in the Texas State Penitentiary for a felony offense, you may be wondering if they have a possibility of getting out through pardon, parole, or post-conviction writs. Depending upon the criminal charge, a person is eligible for parole after 1/4 time is served, 1/2 time is served, or only after all the time is served. There are a few offenses in Texas for which there is no parole eligibility.
Similarly, once a person is paroled out, they are required to live by certain conditions, which if not satisfied, may be used to revoke parole and send a person back to the penitentiary for a portion or the full remainder of their sentence.