Dallas County Jail consists of three jail facilities located within the Lew Sterrett Justice Center: The North Tower, the West Tower and the Suzanne L. Kays. They are all located adjacent to the Frank Crowley Courts Building. This complex is known as the Lew Sterrett Justice Center, which is located 111 West Commerce St. Dallas Texas 75202.
North Tower Detention Facility
The jail was constructed in 1993, this ultramodern facility holds 2,364 maximum security inmates with 188 single cells. It takes a staff of 350 employees to operate this facility.
West Tower Detention Facility
The jail is located within the Lew Sterrett Justice Center. The West Tower has 132 tanks and 25 single cells. It can house up to 1478 male inmates.
The West Tower houses a variety of classifications besides medium and maximum custody inmates. These classifications include: Class “C” Trusty, Infirmary, lower bunk medical restriction, closed behavioral observation, suicidal, HIV, homosexual and sex crimes against children. The inmates are housed accordingly.
Suzanne Lee Kays Detention Facility
This jail is also known as the South Tower - is the Flagship of the Dallas Sheriffs Department. This facility is the departments first direct supervision facility, meaning the floor officers work inside the actual housing unit with the inmates. The construction of this facility was completed in spring of 2008.
This Detention Center was dedicated to the memory of Suzanne Lee Kays back in 1995 by Sheriff Jim Bowles. Deputy Kays was killed in the line of duty on January 4, 1989, just six days after graduating from the Sheriff’s Academy.
The South Tower jail stands among USA’s newer correctional facilities since it was fabricated back in spring 2008 at a sum of more than $68,000,000 US dollars.
There are six detention facilities within the Dallas County Sheriffs Department: Lew Sterrett Justice Center, which consists of The North Tower, the West Tower and the Suzanne L. Kays, also known as the South Tower, the Decker Jail and the George Allen Jail. These facilities can house more than 7500 inmates with a detention staff of 900 employees. The Dallas County Detention Facilities are self sufficient and operate 24-hours a day 365 days a year.
How do I send mail to an inmate?
Inmates may receive mail. Proper addressing of incoming mail is very important. Mail should be addressed as follows:
Inmate’s name and book-in number (John Doe #05123456)
Inmate’s location (Tank #11 S 14)
P.O. Box # 660334
Dallas, Texas 75266-0334
Money (Money orders and checks) will not be accepted at this address.
How do I visit an inmate in the Dallas County Jail?
Each inmate will be allowed two visits per week, the weeks runs from Sunday-Saturday. All persons requesting visitation privileges must be in possession of a valid photo identification including
Upon arrival at the detention facility each visitor will fill out a visitors slip to visit the inmate. The officer working the visitation lobby will write the inmate’s book-in-number and tank location on the slip. The visitor will write on the back of the visitors slip the name, race, date of birth and sex of each person under the age of seventeen (17) who will accompany them to the jail floor to visit the inmate. Only 2 children per adult. Persons seventeen (17) years of age and older will be required to have proper identification and must be listed on the inmates visitors card.
The visitor will then be directed through a metal detector or scanned by a hand held metal detector prior to going to the jail floors. Any visitor is subject to a physical search if probable cause exist. The officers in the visitation lobby will insure no items are carried to a jail floor that is prohibited.
Cameras, purses, umbrellas, packages, mace, handbags, paper sacks, cell phones, pagers, cigarettes, cigarette lighters, or matches,or any glass or metal containers. prohibited items also include glass baby bottles, blankets, strollers, or toys for babies. Pocket knives, and sharp objects, weapons of any kind, or other items which can be used either in its present form or by alteration, as a weapon in the jail are prohibited.
Jail Visitation Rules
A parent or a legal guardian must accompany minors under the age of 17. Only 2 children per adult may visit. Physical searches of visitors maybe conducted with probable cause. Visitors shall not give any items directly to inmates. Visitors are required to successfully clear the metal detector before being allowed entrance into the secured area. Any disruption in the visitation process could result in visit termination and/or visit restriction.
Jail visitation hours
Monday and Thursday – Inmates with the last names A-L. (No children under age of 17 allowed)
Tuesday and Friday – Inmates with the last names M-Z (No children under age of 17 allowed)
Saturday and Sunday are open visitation all children may visit.
Visiting hours at all jail facilities is as follows:
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday – 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Each visitor may visit only once per calendar week. The visitor must arrive at least thirty minutes before the end of visiting hours to insure ample time for processing.