Hidalgo County Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: July 09, 2024
701 El Cibolo Rd, Edinburg, TX 78541

Hidalgo County 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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You can support your loved ones at Hidalgo County Jail on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 956-381-7900.

When someone you care about gets arrested, it can be overwhelming. This webpage aims to ease your concerns by providing information about Hidalgo County Jail. From visitation guidelines to contacting jail staff, we're here to support you as you navigate this challenging time. Take a look around and let us help you understand how to best support your family member or friend in custody.

The Hidalgo County Jail, located at 701 El Cibolo Rd in Edinburg, TX, is a secure detention center operated by the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office. This facility primarily houses individuals awaiting trial or sentencing, typically for less than two years. It accepts inmates from various jurisdictions, including surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service, and the Edinburg Police Department.

New detainees are regularly admitted to the jail, with some being released on bail or placed under pretrial services caseloads. Others await their court appearances at the facility, receiving necessary accommodations such as bedding and meals. View all arrest records here.

Individuals who do not post bail within the first twenty-four hours are required to appear before a judge. During this first appearance, conducted either in person or via telephone, the judge informs the arrested person of the charges against them and sets the bond amount.

Following the intake process, which includes property inventory, medical screening, and booking, inmates are assigned to the general population. Housing assignments are based on the classification of their charges, whether felony or misdemeanor, to ensure proper management and safety within the facility.

After processing, inmates are assigned to a housing area based on classification. Compliance with jail rules typically results in a lower classification and more privileges, while rule violations or additional charges lead to a higher classification and fewer privileges. Inmates serving as trustees within the jail undertake various tasks, including cooking, laundry, and commissary management, often receiving minimal compensation or sentence reduction for their services.

The jail is designed with "pods," featuring a large common area with affixed tables and attached seats, and individual cells typically on two levels. Inmates spend certain times in their cells and other times congregating in the pod for activities like playing cards, games, reading, or watching television. Movement outside the pod, such as trips to the commissary, library, or recreation area, occurs under the constant supervision of unarmed correctional officers. The environment in the county jail is considered less stressful than that of a prison because the sentences are much shorter.

The jail offers a phone program for outbound calls only, with inmates unable to receive incoming calls. Accepting collect calls can be expensive, sometimes exceeding $10 per call. Alternatively, setting up an account through a third-party phone company may entail high fees per minute of usage. Click here for discounts on inmate calls, especially if the communication with your inmate is frequent. It's important to remember that all phone calls are recorded, and discussing sensitive legal matters over these lines is discouraged.

Books and magazines ordered for inmates must come directly from the publisher. This policy ensures that the items are new, untampered, and comply with the facility's regulations. The Jail enforces this rule to prevent the introduction of contraband or prohibited materials. By restricting orders to publishers, the facility can better maintain security and control over the content entering the institution. Any books or magazines not received directly from the publisher will be rejected and not delivered to the inmate. You may, however, send letters and selfies to inmates with this easy-to-use app, packages starting at only $8.00.

Inmate workers are chosen based on conduct and cooperation with staff. Participation in the community service program can sometimes reduce sentences. Commissary is available weekly, with orders submitted via kiosk two days in advance. On holidays, there may be increased spending limits. Upon receiving commissary items, inmates must present their ID, check their order, and sign for it in the presence of the commissary employee. Indigent inmates are provided with all essential basic hygiene items including USPS stamps and writing materials.

Inmate Locator

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in Texas. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at Hidalgo County Jail.

The second section features the InmateAid Inmate Search tool, providing a user-generated database of inmates. You can access this resource to utilize any of InmateAid's services. If you require assistance in creating an inmate profile to maintain communication, please contact us at aid@inmateaid.com, and we'll gladly help you locate your loved one.

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.

Visitation Information

Hidalgo County Adult Detention Facility Inmates – Visitation

Visiting Rules

One of the most important aspects of an inmate's well-being is having visits from family and friends. The Hidalgo County Adult Detention Facility face the daunting challenge of encouraging visitors, while at the same time enforcing rules that may discourage or even seem pointless to some. It is important to know the rules and procedures of the institution to ensure you can attend a visiting session and your visit goes safely and smoothly. To make visiting an inmate at the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Facility easier for everyone we have compiled the most important things to know before you visit:
1) All visitors MUST be on the inmate's approved visitation list.
The inmate will establish this list during the initial intake process and may update the list after six months of incarceration.
2) In order for the inmate to add you to their approved visitor's list, they must know your full name and date of birth.
If the inmate does not know this information he/she should still put your name on the card and we will verify the information once you come and visit.
3) If the inmate is moved to a new cell and he/she did not get moved for rule violations you will still be able to visit, but if it was for rule violation you will have to find out the new date and time you will have to reschedule your visit.
4) All Visitors must be 17 years of age or older.
All others shall be considered as Children and can only visit on Children’s week, which is the first complete week of the month starting Friday and ending Monday.
5) All visitors 17 and older must present a valid photo identification which can be any of the following:
- State driver license issued by the State Department of Public Safety
- Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
- Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
- Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
- United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
- United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
- United States passport
- Any Foreign Government issued ID (Mexico ID)
6) If adult (17 and older) visitor does not have a current ID (expired) he/she may present ID with one of the following:
- Valid voter registration certificate or Utility bill under his/her name with address.
7) All visitors may be searched and are required to pass through a metal detector. The facility may utilize electronic detection devices and if required a canine to aid in their search.
8) All inmates are entitled to a minimum of two (2) twenty (20) minute visits per week
- At least one visitation period will be during evenings or weekends.
9) Time can be split with a visitor on the Approved Visitors List.
- Time will not stop or be paused during the switch.
10) Anyone (including a child) who fails to listen to the directives of the staff, or who is disruptive and presents improper conduct will have their visit stopped and may be subject to having their visiting privileges revoked.
11) Cell phones, tablets, computers, cameras, recording devices, electronic devices of any kind, food, drinks, tobacco, purses/bags and related products such as lighters, matches and any type of weapon are not allowed to enter into Visitation Areas, please leave these items in your car.
- Anyone (including a child) caught with any of these items will have their visit stopped, and will have visiting privileges revoked.
12) Children’s visitation will be on the first complete weekend of each month, starting on Friday and ending on Monday.
13) All children must be attended and under the visitor's control at all times, disruptive children can cause your visit to end early.
14) All bags, infant car seats and strollers are subject to search.
15) Visitors will NOT be allowed to smoke within the facility.
16) No Weapons will be allowed in any part of the facility grounds.
17) All State and Federal Laws will be enforced.
18) Visitation will automatically be denied IF the visitor:
- Has a past record of disruptive conduct.
- Is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Refuses to submit to a search or to show proper Identification.
- Is directly related to the inmate’s criminal behavior.
- Is currently on probation or parole.
- Would be detrimental to the inmate’s rehabilitation.
- Is a known Gang Member or an associate of a Gang.
- Has a warrant from an arresting agency.
- Has been incarcerated/booked in the HCSO in the last 12 months.
Dress Code for Visitors of Inmates:
All visitors must adhere to the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Facility dress code. The dress code is strictly enforced, and violating it is grounds for your visit being denied. To ensure compliance be sure to dress conservatively, read over the dress code rules, and always contact the facility if you have any additional questions. We recommend you always leave a change of clothes in your car so that if an article of clothing you are wearing is deemed inappropriate, you can quickly change and not miss out on a visit.
• Any clothing that contains images or language that is offensive or profane is not allowed.
• Shorts and skirts can be no shorter than three inches above the middle of the knee while standing.
• Steel toed boots/shoes are not allowed.
• Revealing Gang Tattoos
• All shirts on men and women must cover the shoulders, dresses included.
• Clothing that exposes the midriff, back, shoulders, upper chest, thighs or other large areas of skin is not allowed.
• No clothes that are tight fitting, including spandex, leggings, tank tops, tube tops etc. are not allowed.
• Clothing that is sheer or see-through is prohibited.

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