Joe Kegans Intermediate Sanction Facility

The Joe Kegans Intermediate Sanction Facility is a prison for male inmates that is located in downtown Houston, Texas. This facility houses parole violators and has a maximum capacity of 657 inmates.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at the Joe Kegans Intermediate Sanction Facility are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. A maximum of two adults (18+) are allowed to visit. Minor children are not counted in the visiting number. A visiting period lasts for about two hours and each inmate is allowed one visit per weekend. 

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

Contact Visits: Limited physical contact between eligible offenders and their visitors may be allowed if the visitors are immediate family:

  • Spouse
  • Natural, adopted mother and stepmother
  • Natural, adopted father and stepfather
  • Natural, adopted children, stepchildren, grandchildren and step-grandchildren
  • Natural adopted siblings and stepsiblings
  • Natural, adopted grandparents and step-grandparents
  • Aunt, uncle, nieces, and nephews
  • Persons related by marriage (in-laws)

Visiting Applications

Before you can visit an inmate at Joe Kegans Intermediate Sanction Facility, you must fill out an application and 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 Joe Kegans Intermediate Sanction Facility is strictly enforced. If you are not dressed appropriately, your visit will be denied.

  • Sandals, flip-flops, and open-toe shoes are allowed.
  • Clothing that is tight fitting, revealing, or made with see-through fabrics is 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?

You will be subject to a search when you visit an inmate, and you will be screened by a metal detector prior to entering the visitation area. A photo ID is required for all visitors 18 years of age and older. 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, baby wipes, and two baby bottles (“sippy” cup for toddlers). These items must be stored in a clear plastic bag.

Physical Address

Joe Kegans Intermediate Sanction Facility
707 Top Street
Houston, TX 77002

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General Phone Number

(713) 224-6584 (**117)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Joe Kegans Intermediate Sanction Facility
707 Top Street
Houston, TX 77002

All letters sent to offenders must include the offender’s name, TDCJ number, and unit address. Inmates can have newspapers, magazines, and books, but you can't mail them directly. They must be mailed by the publisher, publication supplier, or bookstore. 

When ordering books or a subscription to a newspaper or magazine, make sure you set up the shipping address just like the inmate mailing address above. Always include the inmate's name and number.


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

The inmates at Joe Kegans Intermediate Sanction Facility can't receive incoming calls, 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

There are a number of ways to send money to an inmate at the Joe Kegans Intermediate Sanction Facility. Remember, you will need their inmate ID number to put money on an inmate's books.

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): call 1.866.345.1884 for live bilingual agents available 24/7 

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


You can send money to an inmate or make purchases for them from the prison commissary using ECOMMDIRECT. 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.

Friends and family can make purchases for eligible offenders up to the maximum quarterly spend.

  • January – March up to $60.00
  • April – June up to $60.00
  • July – September up to $60.00
  • October – December up to $85.00 (Holiday Spend)
You can choose from nearly 100 of the top selling items and purchase them for your inmate instead of sending cash. Items include snacks, hygiene products, and correspondence supplies.

Programs For Inmates

Agricultural Operations: Texas Second Chance Food Bank Program

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

Additional Programs/Services: Faith Based Dormitory, Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI), Adult Education Program (upon availability), Peer Education, Reentry Planning, Chaplaincy Services, Crime Stoppers, GO KIDS Initiative

Community Work Projects: Services provided to city and county agencies, the area food bank, and local organizations.

Volunteer Initiatives: Literacy/Education, Employment/Job Skills, Substance Abuse Education, Life Skills, Support Groups, Post-Release Housing, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities, Serving for Success

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