Welcome to Delta’s Dallas County post-arrest bail bond guide. Here, you will find all of the information you need to locate, aid, contact, or bond out an inmate. If you’re looking to bail out a loved one but are new to the process, bookmark this page for future reference. We will also share more information about the detention facilities in Dallas County, which include three active and two inactive.
Resources That Will Help You Assist An Inmate
The Dallas County Sheriff’s website is an invaluable resource when trying to aid someone who has been arrested by one of the county’s law enforcement agencies. The “Inmate Information” page gives loved ones an at-a-glance breakdown that helps them take the following actions:
Dallas Inmate lookup
This tool tells you which of the three active detention facilities the individual you’re looking for is being held in. Use this portal to find your friend or family number with their case number, booking number, or personal information.
The inmate lookup system will also help you collect the necessary information to apply for a bail bond. Generally, Dallas bonding agencies like Delta need a booking number, the defendant’s full legal name and date of birth (DOB), the name of the holding facility they’re being detained in, the charges being filed, and the bail amount.
If you’re concerned it may take you a while to get enough money or collateral to pay the defendant’s bail or secure a bail bond, then you can deposit some funds in an account for your friend or family member. They will have full access to any of the money in that account through a barcode emblazoned on their armband.
All you need to share funds with an inmate is the inmate’s name and booking number. Then you can use one of the following four options to deposit money.
Deposit Cash In-Person
Cash can be deposited in a kiosk machine at any Dallas County jail.
Walk-In Deposit Locations
Visit www.inmatedeposits.com, click “Send Money,” then select “Texas” and “Dallas County Sherrif’s Office, TX.” From there, you’ll be able to enter the recipient ID or the defendant’s first and last name to send funds.
Deposit Money Over Phone
Call 1-866-345-1884 to start the money deposit process.
Video Visitation Setup
Schedule a video visitation with your loved ones on https://securustech.net/. You will need to schedule the video 72 hours in advance and all visitors must be 17+ with a valid, state-issued ID card. You will have 20 minutes with the defendant and you can schedule up to two visits per week. Visit the Dallas Sheriff’s website for more information about guidelines and Dallas county inmate visitation hours.
And those are but a few of the things you can do. Check this link to learn more about how you can send mail, call inmates, and more. Inmates at the county’s facilities include arrestees who did not post bail and are waiting for their court date; those who had court and will soon be transferred to a state or federal penitentiary; and those summoned to appear in court from another facility. In the next section, we take a closer look at each county facility.
Dallas County Detention Centers
Lew Sterrett Justice Center
The Lew Sterrett Justice Center is home to the three main detention centers. These include the North Tower, West Tower, and Suzanne Lee Kays Detention facilities, all located at 111 West Commerce Street in Dallas, Texas.
Named for Lew Sterrett, who served as Dallas County Judge for more than three decades, retiring from service in 1979, the Tower facilities began construction in 1983 with updates being made in 1993, 1995, and finished construction in 2008. Today, it has the capacity to house more than 7,000 inmates and is overseen by 900 employees. They operate around the clock (24/7/365).
North Tower Detention Facility
The North Tower features 188 single cells. It’s capable of housing 3,292 of the 7,100 inmates, or around one-third of the population. It’s also where you’ll find 350 of the county’s 900 detention center employees.
West Tower Detention Facility
The West Tower features 25 additional single cells with 132 tanks and an inmate capacity of 1,530. It’s considered a mental housing facility that serves (or serves as):
- An infirmary
- Individuals with lower bunk medical restrictions
- Subjects in need of close behavioral observation
- Suicidal subjects
- HIV-positive arrestees
- Accused child sex offenders
- Crisis stabilization
It is where the County provides protective custody, administrative custody, psychological assessments, and assistance for those suffering from substance abuse.
Suzanne Lee Kays Detention Facility
Also known as the South Tower, this facility was named in honor of Suzanne Lee Kays in 1995. Deputy Kays was killed in the line of duty just six days after graduating from the Academy in 1989.
The Kays Detention Facility is the newest addition, which finished construction in 2008. It rounds out County’s 7,100-capacity with space for 2,304 inmates.
George Allen Jail
The George Allen Jail sits close to the “Old Red Courthouse” in a building on 600 Commerce Street in Dallas. As of 2022, it is no longer populated but has a capacity of 800. It served as the County’s main jail until the initial completion of the Lew Sterrett Justice Center in 1983.
Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center
This facility is used to house juvenile offenders. It sits at 2600 Lone Star Drive in Dallas. It employs a staff of 1,000 and houses 7,000 youth inmates between the ages of 10 and 17. You can find out more about how the center operates here.
Dallas County Criminal Court System
The Dallas County Criminal Courts system operates out of the Frank Crowley Courts Building, 133 N Riverfront Blvd in Dallas. It includes 11 County Criminal Courts, two County Courts of Criminal Appeal. The county’s Courts Page has more information on each of the individual locations and judges presiding.
Dallas County Bail Resources
The bail hearing itself is quick, private, and decided by a judge. The bail amount is based on a predetermined schedule but can be adjusted by the court without any type of consideration regarding the defendant’s ability to pay.
The defendant learns of the bail amount shortly following their arrest. From there, it’s up to them to post bail by using their own resources or seeking bail assistance from close contacts.
Bail or a cash bond requires the defendant to provide the full amount up front with the promise it will be returned when they show up for their court date. A surety bond offers a more affordable way of acquiring early release. Dallas bonding agencies will generally accept 10% of the total bail amount to bond the defendant out of jail. This amount is typically covered with cash but some forms of collateral can also be placed to cover the amount.
Contact Delta Bail Bonds for Assistance
We hope this Dallas County arrest bail bond guide will help answer many of your questions and acclimate you to the sometimes confusing bail process. If you have any questions or need to secure your or a loved one’s release now, contact our Dallas or McKinney Offices today.