Texas Inmate Search


About Texas Department of Criminal Justice

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is the agency responsible for keeping an updated database on offenders serving their time in a Texas state prison. 

The database is located on the official Texas Department of Criminal Justice website. The database is for public use. It only consists of those individuals who are in a Texas state prison currently. You can search the database by the offenders first and last name, their TDCJ number, or their state identification number.  

Unlike the state of Texas, Texas county and city jails keep their database separate. If you are needing information on an inmate in one of those jails, you will need to contact the proper authorities.

Basic Information

Department Name Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Official Website http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/
Currently Incarcerated Inmates https://offender.tdcj.texas.gov/OffenderSearch/index.jsp
Location P.O. Box 13084. Austin, Texas 78711
Phone Number (512) 475-3250
Fax (512) 305-9398

How to Do an Inmate Search in Texas

When an offender is housed in a state prison, they are property of the Department of Corrections Division. As stated above every state’s Department of Corrections Division has their own jail roster or database that the general public may use.

The Texas Department of Corrections offender search database can be found on the official Texas Department of Corrections website.

You can search the inmate list by using the following pieces of information:

The TDCJ number will take precedence during all searches. The TDCJ is an eight-digit number. All incoming inmates will be assigned their TDCJ number by the Texas Department of Corrections. This will be the easiest and quickest way to locate an inmate.

If you decide to enter their TDCJ number in the field provided, you will NOT need to enter their first and last name. However, the TDCJ field will only show results for the EXACT number you have entered, so you will want to double check, if no results pop up.

If you don’t know the inmate’s TDCJ number or there are no search results for the TDCJ number you plugged in, the next thing you can do is search by the inmate’s first and last name.

When you finally get some search results, you will see a list of all inmates that fit the criteria you plugged in. This is not a release search. All inmates are currently sitting behind bars.

You will see the following pieces of information in the Texas jails inmate search:

You can click on the inmate’s name to bring up their own personal file. When you do this, you will see the following information:

Who’s in Jail

As we stated above, the only prisons you will be able to find in the Texas inmate search are state-operated facilities. All city and county jails are NOT in this database whatsoever. 

In the state of Texas, there are 122 state prisons. These prisons are available in the above database. All other prisons that are not listed below will NOT come up in the roster. Keep this in mind when searching for an inmate in the Texas prison inmate lookup database brought to you by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. 

Looking for who’s in jail in city and county jails will be more difficult than trying to find out who’s in jail in a state or a federal prison. There is typically not much information on these smaller jails. A lot of city jails do not even supply an inmate database to the general public. However, it is not impossible to locate an inmate in one of those facilities, if you know exactly who to seek out with your questions. 

As far as county jails, majority of county jails will be managed and operated by that county’s Sheriff’s department. They will be the agency, you should reach out to if you believe the person you are looking for is in a county jail. 

As far as city jails, majority of city jails do not have much information about them. They are typically just holding pens for inmates to be transferred out to their “permanent” jail. If you believe the person you are looking for is in a city jail, it is best to contact that cities corrections division. You can typically find all department information on the city’s official website.

Jail Roster and Mugshots

The Texas Department of Corrections offender search database is updated regularly. It is typically updated during normal business hours. You will notice that inmate’s information can change quite frequently. Especially, if they have court proceedings and such.

If you have any questions or want to have the updated information, you will be required to contact the facility that the inmate is in. They will have the utmost updated information available on the inmate.

If you believe the information on an inmate is incorrect, you will want to contact the facility in which the inmate is held to dispute the information.

In the jail roster, you will also find the inmate’s mugshot. This mugshot is taken when an inmate is being booked and processed into a state prison. The mugshots typically do not change unless an inmate is getting transferred into another state prison facility.

You can also use the VINELink (VINE) to get notifications on inmate’s moving throughout the system. You will need to select the state of Texas. You will then want to select that you are searching for an offender or a defendant.

You will need to click the notification section of the inmate’s profile to get notified through text, calls, or email. When they make any changes to their VINE account, you’ll get notified in real-time.

Sex Offender Search

You may notice that there is not a way to search for sex offenders in the Texas inmate search. That’s because the sex offender search is in a whole different database. Just like the DOC inmate locator this database is available to the general public to use also.

The sex offender database can be found on the Texas Department of Public Safety official website.

You can search this database by the following pieces of information:

Keep in mind that you will be able to search the database by either the offender's name or the address fields.

This offender search is strictly for offenders that are NOT in a state prison. These offenders are out on their own in the community.

When you do a successful search, you will see the following information:

Types of Correctional Facilities in Texas

List of Correctional Facilities in Texas

There are 574 jails and prisons in Texas.
Showing 1 – 50 of 574 results
Correctional Facility Name Type County
Anderson County Texas Jail County Jail Anderson County
Anderson County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Anderson County
Andrews County Jail County Jail Andrews County
Angelina County Juvenile Center County Jail Angelina County
Angelina County Jail County Jail Angelina County
Archer County Jail County Jail Archer County
Armstrong County Jail County Jail Armstrong County
Atascosa County Jail County Jail Atascosa County
Atascosa County Juvenile Justice Center State Prison Atascosa County
Austin County Jail County Jail Austin County
Bailey County Jail County Jail Bailey County
Bandera County Jail County Jail Bandera County
Baylor County Jail County Jail Baylor County
Bastrop County Jail County Jail Bastrop County
Bee County Sheriff's Jail County Jail Bee County
Bell County Jail County Jail Bell County
Killeen Jail City Jail Bell County
Bexar County Juvenile Corrections County Jail Bexar County
Bell County Juvenile Services Center County Jail Bell County
Bexar County Adult Detention Center County Jail Bexar County
Blanco County Jail County Jail Blanco County
Borden County Jail County Jail Borden County
Brazoria County Jail Division County Jail Brazoria County
Bosque County Jail County Jail Bosque County
Bowie County Correctional Center County Jail Bowie County
Pearland Jail City Jail Brazoria County
Brazoria County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Brazoria County
R. J. Holmgreen Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Brazos County
Brazos County Jail County Jail Brazos County
Brewster County Jail County Jail Brewster County
Briscoe County Jail County Jail Briscoe County
Brown County Jail County Jail Brown County
Burnet County Jail (ICE) - LaSalle Private Facility Burnet County
Brown County Juvenile Detention County Jail Brown County
Burnet County Jail TX County Jail Burnet County
Burleson County Jail County Jail Burleson County
Calhoun County Jail County Jail Calhoun County
Caldwell County Jail County Jail Caldwell County
Callahan County Jail County Jail Callahan County
Cameron County Detention Center I County Jail Cameron County
Cameron County Detention Center II County Jail Cameron County
Harlingen Jail City Jail Cameron County
Amador R Rodriguez Juvenile Boot Camp City Jail Cameron County
Darrell B. Hester Juvenile Justice Center County Jail Cameron County
Camp County Jail County Jail Camp County
Carson County Jail County Jail Carson County
Cass County Jail County Jail Cass County
BayMunicipal Police Jail City Jail Harris County
Castro County Jail County Jail Castro County
Roy K. Robb Men's Facility State Prison Tom Green County
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