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Detention Center (Jail)

The Garland Detention Center is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week operation for the temporary confinement of pre-trial individuals involved in the judicial process, as well as those individuals serving time assessed on misdemeanor Garland Municipal Court cases. City detention centers house pre-trial prisoners, thereby holding individuals who are presumed innocent, yet require maximum security prior to trial. Pre-trial prisoners, who unable to secure a release, will be held only a minimal time before being transported to another detention facility.

The mission of the Garland Detention Center is to provide clean and sanitary facilities for prisoners during their time of confinement. Every effort is made to provide humane treatment for each prisoner, and to insure their constitutional rights are protected while still maintaining necessary security.

The Garland Detention Center, in recent years, has consistently been one of the busiest jails in Dallas County, second only to the Dallas County Jail. The detention center has a capacity of 137 adult prisoners, plus a holding area for detained juveniles. Juveniles are normally not held more than six hours without either being released to a parent or guardian, or transferred to a Dallas County Juvenile Department detention facility.

Because of the volume of arrests throughout the year, prisoners charged with Class B misdemeanors or higher are transported to the Dallas County Jail as soon as their case is ready to be filed with the Dallas County District Attorney’s office.

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How is a prisoner's property released?
A prisoner's property may be released after the prisoner gives written permission authorizing the release.  (Partial property releases are not permitted; the prisoner must release all or none of their property to the requesting party).

What type of facility is the Garland Detention Center?
The Garland Detention Center is a holding facility. Prisoners are generally confined less than 72 hours before being transferred to another facility or released.

When are prisoners arraigned?
Arraignments are generally conducted daily between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m..  

When can prisoners make telephone calls?
Prisoners are allowed to place limited free telephone calls once their booking process is complete. Prisoners are not allowed incoming phone calls but may have the opportunity to make collect phone calls from inside their cell area. 

When is the Detention Center (Jail) open?
The Detention Center (Jail) is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

When is visitation times?

Regular jail visitation times are as follows:

  • Sunday - 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Visitors must meet the following requirements:
  • possess valid state-issued photo identification, and
  • be at least 17 years of age, or be in the company of a qualified parent, or be the spouse of the prisoner (documentation required)
  • be able to name the person whom they wish to visit
  • visitation will only be permitted if the prisoner is willing to speak with the visitor
  • visits will normally be limited to 10 minutes


Where is the Dallas County Jail?
The Dallas County Jail is located at 100 North Lamar Street in Dallas, Texas.

Where is the Garland Detention Center (Jail)?
The Dentention Center (Jail) is located at 1900 West State Street; near the intersection of Forest Lane and State Street.