Dempsie Henley State Jail

The Dempsie Henley State Jail is a Texas state jail for female inmates located in Dayton, Texas. This facility is operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and it can house a maximum of 576 inmates.

The Dempsie Henley State Jail is a Special Needs Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF) and a Special Needs In-Prison Therapeutic Community (IPTC).

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at the Dempsie Henley State Jail are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Bonding visits take place Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

Each inmate may have one visit each weekend. A maximum of two adults (18+) are allowed at the visit. Children 17 and younger will not be counted in the visitor number. A regular visiting period ;asts two hours and begins when the offender is seated.

Call the Ombudsman Visitation Hotline at (936) 437-4927 or toll free at (844) 476-1289 if you have visiting questions. The hotline is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Visiting Applications

Before you can visit an inmate at the Dempsie Henley State Jail, you must get approved by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Click on the visiting application and instructions below to get started.

Dress Code

The dress code at Dempsie Henley State Jail is strictly enforced.

  • Sandals, flip-flops, and open-toe shoes may be worn. 
  • Clothing that is tight fitting, revealing, or made with see-through fabrics are prohibited.
  • Sleeveless shirts and dresses are allowed, but must cover the shoulders. 
  • Shorts, skirts no shorter than three (3) inches above the middle of the knee while standing, capri pants or long pants are allowed. 
  • Length is not restricted for children ages 10 and younger. 
  • Clothing with pictures or language that may be considered profane or offensive is not allowed. 

For a complete list of the visiting rules, click here.

What can you bring to a visit?

All visitors 18 years of age and older must have a photo ID. All other items must be kept in your vehicle except: 

  • A small wallet, clear plastic bag, or change purse
  • $25 cash (in coins) for the vending machines
  • Visitors with infants or small children may bring no more than three diapers, a supply of baby wipes, and two baby bottles (“sippy” cup for toddlers). These items must be stored in a clear plastic bag.

Physical Address

Dempsie Henley State Jail
7581 Hwy 321
Dayton, TX 77535

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General Phone Number

(936) 258-2476 (**083)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Dempsie Henley State Jail
7581 Hwy 321
Dayton, TX 77535

Any inmate mail with unauthorized materials or contraband will be rejected. Newspapers, magazines, and books must be mailed directly to offenders only by the publisher, publication supplier, or bookstore.


You can send your inmate eMessages through JPAY. To register, please contact JPAY at 1-866-333- 5729 or visit on the web.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Dempsie Henley State Jail, but they do have access to phones during certain hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Texas, please click here.

How to Send Money

The easiest ways to send money to an inmate at Dempsie Henley State Jail are:

JPAY allows you to send money to an offender for a service fee. Visit their website at or call 1.800.574.5729 to send funds using Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card. 


1. Visit 

2. Telephone (toll-free): 1.866.345.1884 for live bilingual agents available 24/7 


Click here and enter offender number, name and confirm offender. Add deposit amount to your cart and checkout using a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card for a service fee.

MONEY ORDERS or CASHIER’S CHECKS made payable to “Inmate Trust Fund for Offender Name and Number” 

  • You may obtain deposit slips from offender or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Inmate Trust Fund, PO Box 60, Huntsville, TX 77342-0060 
  • Send deposit and completed deposit slip to Inmate Trust Fund, PO Box 60, Huntsville, TX 77342-0060

Programs For Inmates

Educational Programs: Literacy (Adult Basic Education/GED), CHANGES/Pre-Release, Cognitive Intervention, Parenting Seminar

Career and Technology Programs: Business Computer Information Systems I

Additional Programs/Services: Adult Education Program (upon availability), Chaplaincy Services, Community Tours, GO KIDS Initiative

Community Work Projects: Services provided to city and county agencies, area school districts, and Habitat for Humanity.

Volunteer Initiatives: Substance Abuse Education, Life Skills, Parent Training, Support Groups, Victims Awareness, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities, Family Visitation Center, Supporting Kids of Incarcerated Parents (SKIP), Women's Storybook Project

Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative (BAMBI)

The mission of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative (BAMBI) is to provide an opportunity for mother and child bonding and attachment, which is important to healthy growth and development, socialization, and psychological development during the infant’s formative years, while in a safe and secure environment.

The Rehabilitation Programs Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, along with the Correctional Institutions Division and the Health Services Division has collaborated with the University of Texas Medical Branch to provide a bonding program for eligible offenders who are pregnant at reception and deliver during their current incarceration.

The program allows offender mothers and their newborns time to form a healthy attachment in a secure setting. The offender receives child development education, life skills, infant first aid and CPR, nutrition, peer recovery, cognitive skills, anger management and family reunification sessions. Additional programming may include substance abuse education and GED classes.

Program Goals:

  • Increase the female offender’s self-development;
  • Increase social and cognitive competencies for both mother and child;
  • Provide for the development of a positive and productive relationship between mother and child;
  • Enhance parenting and nurturing skills and abilities of incarcerated mothers;
  • Develop the mother’s empathy and ability to place another’s need above self;
  • Provide prompt, loving, and consistent care for infants to develop their sense of trust; and
  • Support healthy mother-infant attachment.

The BAMBI Program allows the mother and infant to bond in the residential facility for up to 12 months (longer stays may be considered on a case-by-case basis). Both will be released from the facility once she has completed her sentence, assisted by an individualized transitional release plan that will be developed during their stay.

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