Travis County State Jail

The Travis County State Jail is located in Austin, Texas and is operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. This facility houses adult and juvenile male inmates and has a maximum capacity of 1,161.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at Travis County State Jail are on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

All offenders in the general population are allowed one visit every weekend, normally two adults for two hours. Children under the age of 18 are not counted in this number, and must be accompanied by an approved adult visitor (18 years or older). 

Visiting Applications

You must fill out an application and get approval from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice before you can visit your inmate at Travis County State Jail.

If you have any questions, 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.

What can you bring to a visit?

All adult visitors must have a valid photo ID to visit an inmate. Leave everything in your vehicle except your ID and up to $25 cash (in coins) for the vending machines. You may carry the coins in a small wallet, clear plastic bag, or change purse.

Visitors with infants or small children may bring three diapers, baby wipes, and two baby bottles (“sippy” cup for toddlers). These items must be stored in a clear plastic bag.

Dress Code

Visitors are encouraged to dress conservatively.

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

For a complete list of the visiting rules, click here

Video Visits

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) knows the impact that the family unit has on successful reentry. TDCJ’s goal is offender rehabilitation and maintaining close contact with supportive family and friends is a critical part of that.

To help alleviate that, TDCJ has introduced a new “Remote Video Visitation” system, which allows family members at home to visit, via live video, with offenders at Travis County State Jail.

Remote video visitations are 60 minutes long and will cost $10.00. At this time, offenders will be limited to one remote video visitation per month. 

In order to participate in the new remote video visitations, follow these registration steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the Sign-Up link under Video Communication
  3. Enter email address and create password
  4. Select three security questions to help verify your identity should you forget your password
  5. Fill out contact info as it appears on your ID

Remote video visits are on a set schedule that will begin and end at the scheduled times. Visitors may log into the remote video visitation one minute prior to the scheduled start. 

Physical Address

Travis County State Jail
8101 FM 969
Austin, TX 78724

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(512) 926-4482 (**118)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Travis County State Jail
8101 FM 969
Austin, TX 78724

Offenders may receive magazines, books, or newspapers from the publisher or store that sells them. You can't send money, stamps, or other negotiable items in the mail to an inmate. DO NOT SEND PACKAGES. 


Inmates at Travis County State Jail can receive eMessages from friends and family 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 Travis County State Jail, but they do have access to phones during certain hours. The Offender Telephone System (OTS) allows eligible offenders to make telephone calls to individuals listed on the offender’s approved calling list.

Offenders with major disciplinary problems, gang affiliations or on death row do not have access to the pay telephone system, but are afforded access to telephones. 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 Travis County State Jail, both online and through snail mail. Remember, you will need their inmate ID number


This site allows you to send money to an inmate or make purchases for them from the prison commissary. To send money, click here and enter the offender's number, name, and confirm offender. Add a deposit amount to your cart and checkout using a credit or debit card.

Friends and family can also make purchases each quarter for eligible offenders. The maximum spend is $60, with the exception of the 4th quarter. From October through December, the holiday spend limit is $85.

You can choose from the top selling commissary items and purchase them for your inmate instead of sending money. Items include snacks, hygiene products, and correspondence supplies. 


Visit their website at or call 1.800.574.5729 to send funds using Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card. 



Must be made payable to “Inmate Trust Fund for Offender Name and Number” 

  • You may obtain deposit slips by sending 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), Title I, CHANGES/Pre-Release, Cognitive Intervention
  • Career and Technology Programs: Business Image Management and Multimedia; Landscape Design, Construction, and Maintenance
  • Additional Programs/Services: Faith Based Dormitory, Prison Deterrence Education Program, Adult Education Program (upon availability), Life Decisions Program, Peer Education, Crime Prevention Institute, Chaplaincy Services, Community Tours, Crime Stoppers, GO KIDS Initiative
  • Community Work Projects: Services provided to city and county agencies.
  • Volunteer Initiatives: Literacy/Education, Employment/Job Skills, Substance Abuse Education, Life Skills, Parent Training, Marriage Training, Support Groups, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities, Family Reintegration, Storybook Project
  • Special Treatment Programs: State Jail Substance Abuse Treatment Program, Commitment to Change, State Jail Youthful Offender Program

State Jail Substance Use Program

The State Jail Substance Use Program is a multimodal program designed to accommodate the diverse characteristics and individual needs of the state jail population. Eligible offenders are placed in one of two tiers: 60-90 days or 90-120 days based on an Addiction Severity Instrument (ASI) assessment.

Champions Youth Program (CYP)

The mission of the Champions Youth Program is to provide a vehicle of positive change for youthful offenders through targeted programs, supervision, and management in a safe, restorative environment.

The Champions Youth Program utilizes interventions such as education, life skills, creative expression, and positive communication skills to focus on the problem behaviors and developmental aspects of the youthful population. 

The program serves male offenders between 14 and 17 years of age and includes a minimum of 10 hours of structured treatment services per week.

Youthful offenders are assigned to this program until their eighteenth birthday. The length of time in the program varies, and is determined by age rather than completion of prescribed goals, and the issues presented in the population are complex and varied. 

There are multiple levels in the program and each has its own set of responsibilities and privileges. To progress from one level to the next, a youthful offender must complete a minimum number of weeks, mastering tasks at that level while demonstrating positive behavior. Once these requirements are met, the youthful offender may petition staff for advancement. As the youthful offender advances, the level of responsibilities and privileges increase.

Comprehensive, interdisciplinary programming is established on a weekly schedule, which includes: education, social skills training, anger management, values development, goal setting, cognitive restructuring, substance abuse education, conflict resolution, aggression replacement and life skills.

COURAGE Program for Youthful Offenders/Travis State Jail Youthful Offender (YOP)

The Travis State Jail Youthful Offender (YOP) program for youthful offenders offers programming in accordance with rules established by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) that govern the operation of the unit and management of the incarcerated population. 

The program utilizes a Social Learning Environment (SLE) that allows youthful offenders to learn new behaviors, attitudes, and feelings by observing events; followed by individual practice of appropriate thoughts and behaviors.

The State Jail YOP program is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program established for youthful offenders who have been certified to be tried and sentenced as an adult. Programming is established for the youthful offenders on a weekly schedule and structured according to a three (3) level system. 

The schedule includes a minimum of ten (10) hours of structured program services, to include individual and group counseling for all program participants. In addition to program services, the schedule includes education, vocational training, and work.

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Careers at Travis County State Jail

If you are interested in a career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and would like to see the job listings at Travis County State Jail, click here. The TDCJ is currently hiring at all levels of the agency. 

TDCJ offers fantastic benefits. There’s also a $5,000 hiring bonus available for correctional officers at many units across the state. That bonus is also available to several maintenance supervisor roles in many locations statewide.