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By Sahar Chmais

Inmate population is increasing, jail outsourcing costs are rising, but Hays County plans to hold the line on outsourcing costs during the next fiscal year.

In the 2019-2020 budget, $3.8 million was spent on sending Hays County inmates to other county jails, and the hope for this year was to zero out the outsourcing.

As the Hays County Jail undergoes an expansion and the county creates a Public Defender’s Office (PDO), Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra and Commissioner Lon Shell said it is possible to severely reduce spending on outsourcing inmates.

While the goal is to reduce spending on contract inmate detention, the Hays County Jail expansion is not finished as there continues to be more delays, and establishing a PDO is in its preliminary steps.

Becerra’s original proposition on outsourcing inmates for FY 2022 was to allocate $0. Given the options of a PDO and larger jail, Shell calculated that the county would need to spend about $878,000 on outsourcing inmates in FY 2022, which became the newly proposed amount for the budget.

On the other hand, the sheriff’s office is requesting a $2 million line item for outsourcing inmates during the upcoming fiscal year.

For the time being, the rate to outsource inmates has risen in the multiple county jails in contract with Hays County.

Commissioners were scrutinized by Dan Lyon, a resident who does not sit out a court meeting, on their planning. Lyon told commissioners that residents never had a chance to vote on the expansion of the Hays County Jail, which they knew was needed.

Voters approved the Hays County bond package to expand the jail in 2016.

In early jail expansion discussions, the county commissioners had the option to expand the jail to hold 1,000 beds, but instead, they voted on providing 603 beds. The jail can only fill 543 inmate beds because the Texas jail standards state that there has to be a 10% buffer of unfilled beds. Still, the Hays County Jail is undergoing construction and the Sheriff’s office said it does not know when it will be ready for use.

It costs approximately $80 to $100 per inmate, per day, to stay in the Hays County Jail.

Blanco and Burnet counties will enact a price increase for receiving Hays County inmates effective Oct. 1; that increase has been approved by the Hays County commissioners. Blanco County will increase rates from $45 per day, per inmate, to $52 and Burnet County will increase rates from $55 per inmate, per day, to $62.

On Aug. 17, Hays County began sending inmates to Red River County Jail, near the Texas-Oklahoma border, a round-trip of 12 hours. Red River can receive up to 20 inmates from Hays County, at the cost of $50 per inmate, per day.

Hays County contracted with Red River because other jails it outsources to have experienced COVID-19 outbreaks, according to the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

Based on a trend which can be seen on the county’s jail dashboard , it may be expected that the number of inmates will begin to decrease. During the summer months, Hays County has more inmates than any other season, Shell said.

During the summer months, the Hays County inmate population reached over 600, but during the other seasons, the numbers were between the 400s and low 500s. Shell said the increase of inmate population can be attributed to more people visiting the county in the summer and more people coming through the interstate. County agencies arrest people who are not Hays County residents more often in the summer, he explained.

Even if the jail population becomes lower, Hays County continues to grow and will continue to need money for outsourcing inmates, Commissioner Walt Smith said.

Some inmates, like those in for murder charges or sexual assault with probable cause, will be in the facility for a long time, said Shell. But there are individuals in jail that can get through the system at a faster rate and it can start from the minute they get there, Shell added.

“There’s no way I can support a budget without outsourcing dollars,” Smith told other commissioners.

The proposed budget will give $878,000 to outsourcing inmates, but the budget will not be finalized until Sept. 21.

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Jails & Prisons in Hays County, Texas

There are 3 Jails & Prisons in Hays County, Texas, serving a population of 194,843 people in an area of 678 square miles. There is 1 Jail & Prison per 64,947 people, and 1 Jail & Prison per 225 square miles.

In Texas, Hays County is ranked 235th of 254 counties in Jails & Prisons per capita, and 50th of 254 counties in Jails & Prisons per square mile.

List of Hays County Jails & Prisons

Find Hays County, Texas jails, prisons, detention centers, departments of corrections, and penitentiaries.

About Hays County Jails & Prisons

A Hays County Jail or Prison is a secure facility located in Hays County, TX where individuals, referred to as inmates, are involuntarily confined and their freedoms and movement are restricted as a consequence of criminal behavior. Hays County Jails are short-term facilities where inmates either await trial or sentencing for a crime, or serve relatively short sentences. Hays County Prisons are longer-term facilities where inmates serve out a prison sentence, usually of a year or more, for their crimes.

You may contact Jails & Prisons for questions about:
  • Locating Hays County inmates
  • Finding out who is in Jail or Prison
  • Searching for criminal records
  • Performing Hays County background checks
  • Contacting, visiting and sending money to inmates

Hays County Jail and Prison Statistics

Find Hays County Jail Admissions By Race, Pretrial Jail Population, Jail Held Inmates, Prison Admissions, and Prison Population By Race. Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics; National Prisoner Statistics (NPS) Program, Prisoners In 2015.

Total Jail Admissions6,636
Total Jail Population310
Female Jail Population67
Male Jail Population294
Asian Jail Population1
Black Jail Population58
Latino Jail Population170
Native Jail Population1
White Jail Population131
Pretrial Jail Population309
Female Pretrial Jail Population30
Male Pretrial Jail Population191
Jail Population Held for State Prison22
Jail Population Held for Out-of-State Prison2
Jail Population Held for State Jail261
Jail Population Held for Out-of-State Jail-
Jail Population Held for Federal Agencies18
Jail Population Held for ICE-
Total Prison Admissions328
Female Prison Admissions55
Male Prison Admissions273
Asian Prison Admissions-
Black Prison Admissions32
Latino Prison Admissions175
Native Prison Admissions-
White Prison Admissions119
Other Prison Admissions2
Total Prison Population599
Female Prison Population51
Male Prison Population548
Asian Prison Population-
Black Prison Population70
Latino Prison Population339
Native Prison Population-
White Prison Population185
Other Prison Population5

Jails & Prisons near Hays County

Hays County Public Records

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Sheriff – Corrections Bureau

Hays County Jail
1307 Uhland Road San Marcos, Texas 78666

Jail Bureau

Jail Support Services
Jail Questions & Answers

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Bond Information:

Jail Records:


Chaplain Spire

Jail Administration

Capt. Julie Villalpando – Jail Administrator

Capt. Shane Smith – Jail Operations

Lt. Chad Edwards – Jail operations

Lt. Eric Batch – Jail Operations

Lt. Erica Hernandez – Jail Support Services

Lt. Jesse Hernandez – Jail Operations

Lt. John Saenz – Jail Operations 

General Information

The Hays County Jail is a 410-bed detention facility with 180 certified male and female corrections officers or peace officers (sheriff’s deputies) who are certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).

The jail books an average of 8,000 inmates a year with an estimated 2,600 transferred to various courts. The amount of hot meals served per day totals approximately 1,230.

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Some at Hays County Jail say masks haven't been offered, inmates aren't being quarantined

Support Services is made up of many different functions. Listed below is a list of some of the services the inmates are offered.


Money Orders must be mailed to the inmate through U.S. Mail.  The Money Order must contain the inmate’s full name and sheriff’s personal identification number (or SPIN ).  This will ensure that the deposit will be processed correctly and credited to the inmates account.  Money Orders must be received by 8 a.m. on Monday in order to be eligible for commissary in that week.  All Money Orders are posted to the Inmate Trust Account.

To make deposits online or by phone: Accesscorrections.com or 1.866.345.1884

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A kiosk is available in the lobby of the Hays County Law Enforcement Center located at 1307 Uhland Road San Marcos, Texas for deposits into the inmate trust fund. The kiosk accepts cash and credit/debit cards.


Commissary order forms are processed first thing Tuesday morning. There are NO Refunds on items purchased through commissary. If an inmate places an order and is released from our facility or transferred to another facility before commissary is delivered, the inmates order must be claimed within seven (7) days of departure by the inmate, or the inmate can fill out a release card authorizing another adult to pick up the property.


Children that are under 17 years of age and under are not counted as adults and may visit only under the supervision of a Parent, Legal Guardian, or an Attorney. Your visitors are required to show a valid driver’s license or a state-issued identification card. You are limited to two (2) twenty minute on-site visits each week with no more than three (3) individuals at one time including children.

On-site visitation days will be Monday, Thursday and Fridays. Visitation hours will be 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the morning and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the afternoon. Tuesday visitation hours are from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., excluding specific holidays (i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day).

If any deviation from normal visitation hours should occur due to an exclusion of a holiday, a notice will be placed at the entry of the affected area with further details to include modified visitation hours at least thirty (30) days in advance.

Arrival must be no later than 30 minutes before the end of visiting hour blocks. Visitation will close promptly at the designated time regardless of what time a visit started.

Off-site visitation can be scheduled Sunday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Off-Site visits may be scheduled in advance by the visitor from the Securus Video Visitation Website at https://www.securustech.net/web/securus/friends

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to deny, cancel or terminate a video visit prior to or during a video session based upon visitor or inmate misconduct. The Hays County Sheriff’s Office also reserves the right to restrict a visitor from participating in all future use of the system, either on site or from remote visitation.

Visitation is a privilege and may be denied to any person if the inmate or visitor fails to comply with the visitation rules. Your attorney will be allowed to visit you, upon presentation of proper identification, at any time.


  1. The registering visitor must be at least 17 years of age and present a valid, government issued photo identification during the initial registration process. Approvals are generally made within 24 to 48 hours. The duration of each visit is 25 minutes. Inmates are restricted to two off-site video visits per day. Onsite visits are restricted to 2 visits per week.
  2. All visits are recorded and subject to electronic monitoring by the Hays County Jail Staff.
  3. The visitor and inmate are responsible for being present at the start of the scheduled visit. Visitors signing in late will only receive the balance of the remaining time for the scheduled visit.
  4. No NUDITY, provocative clothing, or tight fitting clothing will be allowed during the visit. Violators will be barred from off-site and on-site visitation.
  5. Visitors appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs; displaying items that may be considered contraband such as drugs; drug paraphernalia; weapons; displaying gang signs; symbols; colors; etc.,  are subject to having the visit canceled and barred from future visits.
  6. Pictures or video recording of the inmate during a video visit is prohibited.
  7. Unauthorized sharing of usernames and passwords to log into video visits violates the terms of service and is prohibited. (This includes sharing a visit with any other person that is not approved and or registered on the Securus video visitation account.)
  8. Visitors under the age of 17 must have a parent or guardian present during the off-site visit.
  9. Any type of provocative or disruptive behavior will not be permitted.
  10. Do not damage or deface the visitation equipment. Doing so may result in prosecution.
  11. If you experience a problem with the audio or video reception during your visit, please refer your family to the Securus Video Visitation web site for assistance or call 800-844-6591.


The inmate may write to anyone as often as he/she wishes, provided that the letters do not in any way violate U.S. Postal Regulations.

Inmates may receive incoming mail as long as it does not violate U.S. Postal Regulations, State or Federal Laws, or constitutes contraband according to the Hays County Jail Policy Manual . The Mail Officer will deliver the inmates mail after it has been opened and inspected for contraband. Envelopes need to be addressed to the inmate and the inmate’s SO number.

Inmate Property:

An inmate may receive court clothes ONLY if he/she is going to jury trial. If an inmate is released and does not have the proper attire to leave the facility, he/she will be issued indigent clothing.

An inmates personal property can be picked up between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for county holidays. All property released must be accompanied by a property release card, filled out by the inmate, stating to whom the property is released to prior to releasing property.

The individual named on the release card must present State Issued Identification upon receipt of the property.  If an inmate is transferred to another facility and can not take his/her property with them and the inmate does not make arrangement for the property to be picked up by another, the property will be destroyed or donated to indigent after thirty (30) days.

Religious Services/Bible Study/ Outreach Services:

Religious services and Bible Study are conducted by volunteers of different denominations. Various other programs are available to help the inmates, including Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and rehabilitative services by inmate requests. On or before release inmates should discuss their plans with the Chaplain or Counselor.  Upon inmate’s release if they need assistance, they may be referred to outreach ministries and services or churches that can help with their transition into the community.

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Hays County Jail Inmate Search

Find out inmates in Hays County Jail by jail records search online system.
Click on the link 'Jail Records' and enter an inmate's name in the search form.
Inmate details include booking information, charge and bond.
You can also call the jail records line at (512) 393-7832 to help you.
Hays County Jail
Address: 1307 Uhland Road San Marcos, Texas 78666
Phone: 512-393-7800
512-393-7366 (Visitation)
512-393-7807, 512-393-7690 (Bond Information)

Visiting an inmate in Hays County Jail:
The duration of each visit is 25 minutes.
Onsite visits are restricted to 2 visits per week.
Inmates are not restricted as to the number of off-site video visits they may receive in a week.
On-site visitation: Monday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am-10:00am, 12:00pm-3:35pm, Tuesday 12pm-4pm, 6pm-8pm
Off-site visitation: Sunday, Saturday 7:30am-9:00pm
Read More Visitation Rules

Sending money to an inmate:
There are several ways to deposit money into the inmate trust account.
- Send money orders. Money orders must be mailed to the inmate through U.S. Mail.
- Visit accesscorrections.com to make deposits online.
- Call 1-866-345-1884.
(No cash will be accepted.)

Sending mail to an inmate:
Envelopes need to be address to the inmate and the inmate's SPIN number.

Inmate Search
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Hays County Bail Bonds
Find a bail bond company to help you get someone out of Hays County jail.
Only bail bond companies licensed to do business in Hays County are authorized to issue bail bonds for persons charged in Hays County.
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