A reader recently asked us how to find out if a person has been arrested. While we are not aware of how to find specific information on arrests, the public, including family members and friends, can find out if a person is incarcerated in a county jail or state prison. This information is available for prisoners incarcerated in private and public facilities.
The information is publicly available, and many of the larger jails and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) make it available online. Below is a short list of some the larger correctional institutions and links to their prisoner databases. Smaller institutions may require a phone call to the facility.
Select Jails and TDCJ Information:
TDCJ also accepts telephone and email requests for prisoner information.
- Houston (Harris County Jail):
- Dallas (Dallas County Jail):
- San Antonio (Bexar County Jail):
- Austin (Travis County Jail):
- El Paso (El Paso County Jail):
- Texas Department of Criminal
To locate a prisoner please call 936-295-6371, or 800-535-0283. Requesters can email firstname.lastname@example.org
the prisoner’s full name and 7-digit TDCJ number. If requesters do not know the TDCJ number, you must provide the exact date of birth and if that information is unknown you can provide the approximate age and county of conviction in order to obtain the following:
- TDCJ number
- Prisoner location
- Offense of Conviction
- Incarceration history:
offense, county and court of conviction of offenses for which the offender
was incarcerated previously
- Current incarceration:
offense, county and court of conviction
- Projected Release Date