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Harris County Jail (Houston) Info

Here is the link to Visitation Rules.

If you have an extreme issue or concern about an inmate in Harris County Jail, follow the chain of command:

a. speak to the Sergeant for the floor
b. speak to Lieutenants or the Captain for the jail
c. contact the Major of Houston

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez
1200 Baker St
Houston TX 77002


Non Emergency: (713) 221-6000
Inmate Information: (713) 755-5300
Information Line: (713) 755-6044

If you have a concern about medical care of a loved one, use this online form: http://www.harriscountyso.org/JailInfo/inmate_info_inmate_QOL_frm.aspx

If you have a life threatening issue or a mental health crisis requiring immediate attention then call the Inmate Information Number at 713-755-5300. Stay on the line and follow the prompts regarding medical care and you will be connected to HCSO Medical Services.

Detention Bureau( 1200 Baker St JA 09)
Main line for Jail Facility at 1200 Baker St: 713-755-7955 / 7484
Main line for Jail Facility at 1307 Baker St: 713-755-2400

Major Smith
Secretary: Deanna
1200 Baker St
Houston, TX 77002

Captain Summerlin JA09 office 713-755-7312

Captain Hart JA09 of Classification 713-755-7360

Lt. J.D. Russell JA09 of Grievance/Disciplinary 713-755-4383

1200 Baker St: Chaplain Sean Rose 713-755-9575 or 713-755-7396
701 San Jacinto: Chaplain Vincent Buchard 713-755-8572
1307 Baker St: Chaplain Michael Ward 713-755-2410
Chaplain E. Cantu JA09 & JA07 713-755-5410
(Families can contact them for a prayer request or to check on an inmate and pray with them or to give spiritual books upon inmate’s request, etc.)

Health Services Bureau(1200 Baker St)

Interim Executive Director of Health Services – Dr. Marcus Guice, MD: Marcus.Guice@sheriff.hctx.net
Medical Administrator -Kiki Teal Kiki.Teal@sheriff.hctx.net 713-755-7223
Medical Main- 713-755-9205

Detention Bureau( 701 N San Jacinto JA07)

JA07 Main number 713-755-8400

Major Smith over JA07
1200 Baker St
Houston, TX 77002

Captain Russell is over JA07.

Inmate Visitation 

For current information on hours and rules: http://www.harriscountyso.org/JailInfo/inmate_info_inmate_visitation.aspx

If your loved one is housed outside of Harris County, check the FAQ’s on this link for a list of current out-of-county facilities:


Longtime Harris County Judge Ed Emmett has stepped down. You can try the following with the new county judge,  Lina Hidalgo, but we have no info or insights as to whether she will help in the same way.
Please note: The County Judge is the overseer for Harris County Jail so use this office as a LAST contact when issues can’t be resolved through the Chain of Command with HCJ administration and personnel. The county judge does not have any jurisdiction over jail policy and procedures, but may be able to help if you have a paper work trail of going through steps of trying to resolve problems with HCJ staff members about inmates.

Judge Hidalgo
1001 Present Suite 911
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 274-7000 (713) 755-8379

Asst to the County Judge:
Director Criminal Justice Issues:

Any further contact information for Harris County Jail visit The Official Harris County, Texas Website