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Cameron County Old County Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: August 03, 2021
1145 E Harrison St, Brownsville, TX 78520

Cameron Co Old Jail is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for County - medium facility.

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Cameron County Old County Jail basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 956-544-0814

The Cameron County Old County Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 1145 E Harrison St Brownsville, TX which is operated locally by the Cameron County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Cameron County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Brownsville Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

Cameron County Detention Center II - Inmate Services

Inmate Money - Money that the inmate had with him at the time they were booked will be deposited into the inmate's trust fund. During the inmate's confinement they will be allowed to purchase commissary (Aramark Commissary). The cost of the purchases will be deducted from the inmate's trust fund. When they are released from custody or transferred to another institution, the balance of the account will be returned to them. While they are in Jail, money may be deposited into the inmate's account by family or friends. Inmates are not allowed to transfer funds to another inmate's account. Inmates are not allowed to have cash, checks or money orders on their person or in their possession. Inmates may release money to their family, attorney or bond's person. However, approval must be obtained from the Shift Supervisor.

ONLY money orders or certified checks will be accepted through the mail. No cash will be accepted and will be returned to sender. All money orders or certified checks need to be mailed to the address below and made payable to the inmate.


All incoming mail will be inspected for contraband.

The following items will be returned to sender

  • Stained with powder, perfume, glue or glitter
  • Envelopes with staples, clips, tape or stickers
  • Note pads, paper, envelopes, pencils, pens or stamps
  • Greeting cards larger than 5" by 7"
  • Any material printed of the internet


All books and subscriptions must be soft backed and come directly from a publisher or book store. No hardback books or books containing staples will be accepted. Books and subscriptions must be paid for in advance and can not contain any nudity, profanity or advocate violence/hatred toward any individual, organization, religion or nation. Books and subscriptions cannot contain instructions for the manufacturing of explosives, weapons, drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcoholic beverages, escape(s) paraphernalia, or to affect and/or facilitate an escape.


Inmates are allowed to have up to three (3) pictures in their possession at any one time. Other pictures will be placed in inmate's property and returned to inmate when released or inmate may mail to family. Pictures should have no nudity or sexually explicit material.

Family members may pick up inmates clothing:

On Monday, Tuesday and Friday Only from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Inmates being released from Carrizales will receive their property only if released before 5:00 p.m. .. All others will have to come back the next business day.

Inmates leaving to other counties:

Property and monies will be given to the transporting agency for safe keeping.

For inmates that have left to T.D.C. family members have 30 days from the date of the inmates release. Pick up for these inmate's property is:

ONLY Monday thru Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Other arrangements will have to be scheduled in advance. Please contact any Lieutenant on duty from Monday thru Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm.

Inmate Locator

Cameron County Old County Jail publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Texas. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

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Covid Visitation Information

As of March 18, 2020, registration and visitation rules have changed to protect inmates at Cameron County Old County Jail and their loved ones during the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, there are no in-person visits for family and friends due to the COVID-19 situation. Video visitation is available; details can be found below or call 956-544-0814.


  • All visits through the video visitation system require the visitor to establish a user account.

Visitation Information

Cameron County Detention Center II - Visitation

All adult visitors (18 years old and older) are required to present valid photo identification. (e.g., Texas Drivers License, Texas D.P.S. I.D., Passport, Military I.D., U.S. Immigration Visa/ Border Crossing Card or Matricula Consular)


Visitation guidelines

Please note that visitation times are subject to change without notice.

  • Inmates are responsible for filling out and handing the visitation list to jail division staff. If there is no visit list in the system a visit may be approved by the shift supervisors. You must show a photo ID to sign in for visit. Your name will be checked against the inmate's visiting list.
  • By registering to visit an inmate you are accepting to follow all rules and regulations set forth by the Cameron County Sheriff’s Dept.
  • Staff will not allow you to visit unless you cooperate with all requirements. Failure to comply with any of the rules set forth or to follow staff orders will result in visit cancellation for up to 30 days or longer depending on the circumstances.

The following items are NOT allowed inside the visitation lobby area or the visitation area (s).

  • Purses, wallets, bags, electronic devices,
  • cell phones, recording devices, writing
  • instruments, lighters,
  • weapons, liquids, foods, etc.

Visitors are not allowed to bring any items when visiting an inmate except for car keys and/or ID cards


  • All visitors must be signed in 20 minutes before visitation begins but in no case more than one (1) hour before visit begins.
  • Late visitors will not be permitted to go into visitation
  • Visitors must be on the inmate’s visitation list in order to visit.
  • Combinations of five (5) adult people are allowed to visit per visit day.Only two (2) children (16 years old and younger) may accompany any one adult at a time.
  • ALL children must be kept quiet and under the supervision of the adult(s).No running is allowed.

If any child is excessively noisy or unruly, the visit will be cancelled or terminated early for that family member for that day.


  • ALL visitors must follow ALL visitation RULES and be dressed appropriately. NO miniskirts, tank tops, transparent or provocative, revealing, backless, strapless, sleeveless, low cut, wide-necked clothing will be permitted in the facility.
  • No clothing displaying obscene or offensive language, drawings or gang affiliation.
  • Shorts, skirts and dresses must be at least two (2) inches under the knee in a normal standing position.
  • No spandex, tights or leggings without shorts, skirts or dresses.

The Sheriff’s Office and/or his designee reserves the right to deny any visit when there is reason to believe that the visit is not in the best interest of the safety and security of the facility. Visitation times and days are determined by the Jail Administrator and posted. They are subject to change at his discretion.

All visits are supervised by Cameron County Jail Correctional Staff. Once the inmate is booked, he or she will be provided a visitor authorization card. They may include five (5) adults of choice not counting the minister or attorney. The inmates are allowed to make changes on their visitation card at the end of every month so long as you limit the changes to five (5) adults. Once changes have been made, they cannot be altered or substituted until the following month. Only the Jail Administrator or the Captain may authorize an emergency visit. An emergency visit will only be permitted when grave circumstances are concerned and also the availability of correctional staff.

Inmates shall be fully clothed during visitation and when in view of visitors.

All visitors must present a photo ID. Either a Texas DPS ID Card or a Drivers License is accepted. Other forms of Identification would be a military card, State Bar Card, or Passport.

Visitors will act and behave in an orderly manner. A visit may be denied to any person if the person fails to comply with the visitation rules posted. Visitors who fail to obey the rules run the risk of being removed from the visitation list.

Any person who has been incarcerated and released, whether from County Jail or TDC, within the last six (6) months prior to visiting will be strictly prohibited from visiting any inmate.

All visitors must dress in an appropriate manner. All apparel must be knee length or longer. No halter tops, sleeveless tops or dresses, or bare midriff tops will be permitted. Purses, handbags, or packages of any sort are not allowed in the facility.

A visit may be denied to any person when there is reason to believe the visit may not be in the best interest of the security and welfare of the Jail or correctional staff.

Medical Visitation

  • No medical information on any inmate will be given to any family member for security reasons
  • Prescribed medicine may be brought to inmates but has to be approved by our medical department
  • No phone calls made by family members shall be transferred to the medical department

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