Travis County Jail restores face-to-face visits

Travis County Correctional Complex Face-to-face visits are now allowed at the visitation building at the Travis County Correctional Complex.[/caption]

For the first time since 2013, face-to-face visitation is allowed as of April 19 at the Travis County Jail, which is located at 3614 Bill Price Road in Del Valle.

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted at its Sept. 29 meeting to reinstate in-person visits for prisoners at county jail facilities. The fiscal year began Oct. 1.

According to an April 19 county news release, to be eligible for in-person visits a candidate must meet the following criteria:

• have minimum or medium security level designation
• have been incarcerated for more than 60 days
• have not had any disciplinary infractions during their incarceration

Returning in-person visits and reasonably priced phone calls to inmates and their families were among major initiatives the county prioritized in 2015, according to Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt.

“I am gratified that, through collaboration with the Travis County Sheriff's Office, in-person visitation has been restored so that loved ones of the people in our custody are able to have meaningful contact,” Eckhardt said in the release.
By Kelli Weldon
Kelli joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter and has been covering Southwest Austin news since July 2012. She was promoted to editor of the Southwest Austin edition in April 2015. In addition to covering local businesses, neighborhood development, events, transportation and education, she is also the beat reporter covering the Travis County Commissioners Court.


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