Harris County Jail: No More Daily Visiting Hours

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Visiting allowed only four days a week.
Sheriff Adrian Garcia is announcing today that he's eliminating daily visiting hours to the Harris County Jail. Visits will be allowed only four days per week instead of the current seven.

Doing so will allow him "to redeploy jail staff and save $1.3 million a year," the sheriff's office says.

State law requires jails to have visiting hours at least twice a week. The four days where Harris County will allow visits will include "extended hours on some days," HCSO says.

Further details will come at an afternoon press conference after the jump.

Beginning Monday, April 25, 2011:

Saturday -- 3:30-9 p.m.
Sunday -- 3:30-9 p.m.
Monday -- No visits
Tuesday -- 4-9 p.m.
Wednesday -- No visits
Thursday -- 4-9 p.m.
Friday -- No visits

HCSO's Alan Bernstein notes that the schedule still offers more choice than many other jails in the state. He gave this chart of Texas jurisdictions:

Harris County: 4 visits per week

Dallas County: 2 visits per week

Bexar County: 2 visits per week

Travis County: 2 visits per week

Fort Bend County: Video visits only, 7 per week

Montgomery County; 2 visits per week

Galveston County: 2 visits per week

Brazoria County: 2 visits per week

Chambers County: 2 visits per week

Waller County: 2 visits per week

Liberty County: 2 visits per week

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21 comments
Lalapnut
Lalapnut

Concerned tax payer...kiss my @$$. Your always gonna pay taxes, so quit crying. Its the whole point of cutting visitation to make sheriffs dept schedule more convient. Seems mondays, thursdays, & fridays are bad days for them.Did they mention they cut meals to two times a day for this budget. Were not asking for convience, but what is fair. Deportation has helped stop harboring illegals, butwhile all this the govt is extending different branches

Wendyeowens
Wendyeowens

IM UPSET BECUASE THE VISITING HOURS AND DAYS ARE NOT CORRECT IN THIS ARTICLE!!!! TUES AND THURSDAYS ARE VISITING HOURS. I LIVE OVER 50 MILES AWAY FROM THE JAIL AND I WENT DOWN THERE ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT I WASTED MY TIME FROM WORK TO GET THERE, PARKING MONEY AND GAS TO BE TOLD THAT THESE ARE NOT THE VISITING HOURS. YOU CAN VISIT ON TUES AND WED NOT ON THURSDAYS!!!! IM SO PISSED OFF THAT NOONE HAS EVEN FIXED THIS YET!!! I DONT CARE IF YOU THINK ITS OKAY OR INMATES SHOULDNT GET VISITS. THE POINT IS IF YOURE GOING TO MAKE VISITS ACCESSEBLE FOR PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF THEN aT LEAST GET THE VISITATION INFORMATION DOWN CORRECTLY... WHAT AN INCONVENIENCE!!!MAJOR!!!

Lencidabadchick
Lencidabadchick

SO whats the point of even having visitation days anywayThat means I will have to take a day off of making money just cuz these jackasses in Brazoria county only have 2 visitations per week.. I dnt think thats fair at all I mean I know so people get put in jail and are in there for a lifetime but my husband was wrongly convicted so me n his child cant go see him as much what the hell

Concerned tax payer
Concerned tax payer

This is small potatoes compared to the human rights violations that take place in Harris County. Just a couple days a week they dont have to worry about denying you visitation while they wait for your bruises/lacerations to heal.

squinney
squinney

Houston is about to be busted financially. Doing away with this...AND cutting funding on libraries and schools and cutting funding for all sorts of things. Next will be the Zoo, parks...etc. We are losing all the thingst hat we enjoy as FREE people. Houston is an amzing city Annise. I Moved here in 1989. I voted for you. I am gay and have stood by your side since the early 80's. Now you are being weak and giving in to modern politics. REALLY where is the Annise I know?? Kick some ass and take names later girl!

chef504
chef504

Harris county Jail system is one of the largest in the world, and is overpopulated not by a little, but a lot. To condense the days is absolutely ridiculous. The people going to visit will suffer tremendously, and the already horrible conditions for family and loved ones when visiting will become in-humane. Our Harris County Jail system is one of the worst, and with this new development I will expect to see it in the coming news a lot more. Not for good either.

Huh?
Huh?

So now the visiting days are going to be compressed, which will cause more people to be there at one time, which probably means they'll need additional jail personnel to be added to those days. ??

Wendyeowens
Wendyeowens

Heres the REAL VISITING SCHEDULE!!! I MEAN FOR REAL THIS WAS SUCH AN INCONVENIENCE!!!! Harris County Jail Visitation Schedule •  Monday - NO VISITS  •  Tuesday - 4 - 9 p.m  •  Wednesday - 4 - 9 p.m.  •  Thusday - NO VISITS  •  Friday - NO VISITS  •  Saturday - 3:30 - 9 p.m.  •  Sunday - 3:30 - 9 p.m.

squinney
squinney

I had the pleasure of going through the process called harris county jail. I have never had my dick sucked so much. Was a horrible experience... but at the same time got my "nut" every day

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

Those poor, poor people. -sad violin music playing in the background-

Wendyeowens
Wendyeowens

Heres what yall say visiting hours are: which is not aaccurate at all!!!! AN APOLOGY OR CORRECTION WOULD BE NICE!!!  SINCE YOU HAVE US UP HERE VISITING WHEN WE CANNOT!!!! Beginning Monday, April 25, 2011:Saturday -- 3:30-9 p.m.Sunday -- 3:30-9 p.m.Monday -- No visitsTuesday -- 4-9 p.m.Wednesday -- No visitsThursday -- 4-9 p.m.Friday -- No visits

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

Your parents must be SO proud of you.

OhBrothersBrother
OhBrothersBrother

Who cares about the poor? I'm a conservative and a firm believer that the poor can learn to sacrifice more so that the we wealthy don't have to. Especially the criminal poor who are in jail.They ARE poor for a reason after all. And in jail for a reason.

And we need to save money! My son's teachers aren't being cut like public school teachers. Go private, I've always said! In education and business and government whenever possible.

Notofyourbusiness
Notofyourbusiness

You are the worst animal on earth! fucking idiot and stupid, I hope you burn in hell, enjoy life while you can, because all the stupid shit that you have, is not because you deserve it is because God was good to you and your piece of shit family, read the bible ass hole, don't you know that the last ones will be first before God and the assholes like you will be last and end up in Hell, the people who are in jail had been victimized and abused and neglected by people like YOU. WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE TO CRITICIZE THOSE PEOPLE BEHIND BARS? ARE YOU MR. PERFECT? THESE PEOPLE ARE IN JAIL WHILE ON EARTH, BUT THEY WILL GO TO HEAVEN BECAUSE OF THEIR SUFFERING AND THEY WILL BE RELEASED, AND YOU, YES YOU IDIOT, PIECE OF SHIT WILL BURN IN ETERNITY AND ALL YOUR FUCKING FAMILY AND ALL YOUR STUPID EGO AND PRIDE AND MATERIAL SHIT WILL STAY, EAT SHIT AND DIE TODAY, MOTHER FUCKER.

saddenednow
saddenednow

I bet if you had a family member in jail you wouldn't be saying that you. Some people that are in there aren't all terrible. My nephew was just put in there a few days ago because of a poor excuse for a young woman. 

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

So being poor gives someone an excuse to commit crimes? Is that what you are implying? What is your point?

MeaganMt
MeaganMt

bet about 85% of those jailed there are also poor, as in not wealthy....just a hunch

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

When I typed poor, I didn't mean not wealthy.

Yes, they are in jail for a reason. Visiting someone in jail is not supposed to be a trip to the Ritz-Carlton. Don't commit a crime to end up in jail and you won't have to subject your family/friends to the jailhouse visitation room in the first place. A pretty simple concept.

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