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Smith County TX Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: July 06, 2021
206 E Elm St, Tyler, TX 75702

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

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Smith County TX 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: 903-590-2800

The Smith County TX Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 206 E Elm St Tyler, TX which is operated locally by the Smith 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. Smith County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Tyler Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

Smith County currently has three facilities used to house inmates. The central jail was constructed in 1986 with 106,000 sq. ft. and a capacity of 276 inmates. The Low-Risk Facility was constructed in 1989 with a medium risk addition in 1994. This facility will accommodate 432 inmates. The county also houses 47 trusty inmates on the 5th floor of the Smith County Courthouse. The three facilities provide the county with a maximum capacity of 755 inmates.

Inmate Locator

Smith County TX 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 Smith County TX 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 903-590-2800.


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

Visitation Information

Smith County TX Jail - Visitation

Male Visitation - Sunday, Tuesday, Friday
Female Visitation - Monday, Thursday, Saturday
12:30pm to 4:30 pm

Inmate visitation information
The signing up of visitors shall begin 30 minutes prior to the start of visiting hours
All adults requesting a visit with an inmate must have his/her name listed on the inmate's visitor authorization form. Persons not listed on the visitor authorization card shall not be allowed to visit.
Approved visitors who live at least 100 miles from Smith County may be allowed "Special" visits once per month by contacting the Operation Lieutenant.
Only adults may be on an inmate's visitor authorization form. Authorization forms shall be updated once each month. Inmates shall not be permitted to add names to his/her authorization form before the scheduled time.
Visitors must present proper identification containing their photograph. The following identification shall be authorized:
Current Texas or out of state driver's license (recently expired driver's license shall be accepted up to six months after expiration.) Paper license renewal slips shall be accompanied by other photo identification.
A valid photo identification issued by a Local, State, or Federal Agency.
16 - 18 years old may use school photo identification card.
All visitors shall be expected to act in an orderly manner. Persons accompanied by children under the age of sixteen (16) years shall not need to be placed on the visitor's authorization form as long as they are accompanied by an adult listed on the card.
Persons 16 years and older shall be required to have proper identification.
A visit may be denied to any person if the visitor or inmate fails to comply with any of the stated jail rules.
Physical searches may be conducted with probable cause.
Visitors shall not give any items directly to inmates.
Visitors shall sign up and be processed for entry to the jail at least 30 minutes prior to end of visitation hours.
Any questions regarding the above guidelines should be referred to the Smith County Jail Supervisor on duty.

Appropriate attire when visiting the Jail
No revealing and/or see through clothing
No sleeves shorter than halfway down the upper arm
No spandex or tights
No dress/skirts/shorts above mid-thigh
No clothing displaying obscene or offensive language, drawings, or gang affiliation

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