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June Visitation Appointments Now Open

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is continuing to make changes to the resumption of inmate visitation.

As of June 1, children of all ages will be allowed to visit inmates accompanied by an adult. In total each visit may consist of 2 adults and 2 children. (4 persons total). Each inmate is allowed two visits per month and those visits MAY be on back to back days. Each visit is one hour in length and must be pre-scheduled.

Visitation times remain from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors over the age of 13 who are able to provide proof of vaccination more than 14 days prior to the visit will not be required to take a COVID rapid test before entry to the unit. All others will have to take a COVID rapid test before entering the unit. Masks are still required to be worn.

Registration for visits may now be made for the month of June by calling the unit of assignment of the inmate you would like to visit. Visitors must still be on the approved visitation lists of the inmate to visit.

Families are encouraged to call the day before the visit to verify if the visit is still scheduled and to arrive at least one hour in advance of their scheduled visit time. Inmates on medical isolation or restriction are prohibited from in-person visitation. No contact will be allowed during visits. Barriers will be in place. Vending Machines are now operational, available, and items may be exchanged between visitors and inmates. The entire visit seating area and phones will be sanitized routinely with a 10% bleach solution or vital oxide.

On March 13, 2020, the TDCJ suspended visitation after a disaster declaration was issued by Governor Greg Abbott. The decision, while difficult, was necessary to limit the introduction of COVID-19 into correctional facilities. Through an aggressive testing campaign and strong mitigation efforts, the agency has seen a significant reduction of coronavirus cases in the inmate population and is prepared to begin allowing limited visitation.

Understanding the importance of communication with loved ones, the agency expanded access to the offender telephone system, introduced video visitation which will remain, and implemented other creative opportunities to keep incarcerated individuals and their families connected during the pandemic. The TDCJ believes it can safely resume limited face-to-face visits and access to volunteers with appropriate safety measures in place.