Dallas County Jail (Lew Sterrett) Contacts

Texas Jail Project volunteers try to keep this list up to date, but Dallas County Jail can change numbers or information at any time. Please let us know of any number that doesn’t get you what you need or any new number to add here. Thanks to volunteer researcher Sue Ann Lorig for checking over these numbers.

1. Click on this form for Dallas County Jail to see if your loved one is in the jail.

2. For other info: the Sheriff’s department main number is 214 761-9025.

  • You will get these menu options when you call, so put in the number you need:

    •  Information on Texas Victim Information and Notification Everyday System (9)

    • Information on whether a Person is in Jail or the Status of an Offender (2)

    • New Offender Processing (3)

    • Bonds and Warrants (4)

    • Jail Locations (5)

    • Offender Procedures & Privileges (6)

    • Court Dates (7)

    • Cash Bond Refunds (8)

    • Remain on the line for operator assistance

If you keep trying, you should be able to speak to a real person. If you can’t, try the Deputy Sheriff’s office or the Jail Commander’s office. Explain that you couldn’t get  the info you needed & say please. ALWAYS be polite no matter how worried or upset you are!
WEBSITES: There are more than than one website, but the ones with the most information are below.  Put your cursor over the section you need and CLICK on it. Be sure to scroll down on the page; several have info you can’t see until you scroll down.
  • Executive Chief Jesse Flores (second in command to the Sheriff): (214)-653-2901

  • Jail Commander: (214) 653-2601

  • For Medical Records: Tina Hill (214) 875-2517 (Ms.Hill confirmed on June 15, 2012, that she’s the official to be contacted for release of inmate medical records.)


LOCAL GOVERNMENT (numbers and names of officials below may have changed)

  • Dallas County Director of Criminal Justice
    Ron Stretcher
    OFFICE: 469-385-1720
    (In June 2012, Mr. Stretcher confirmed that he is the one to contact with any concerns regarding conditions in DCJ after you have tried to talk with the unit officers. You may only get his voice mail).
  • Laura Hines
    One of two deputies to the Sheriff
    Technical Services Bureau
    Dallas County Sheriff’s Department
    OFFICE: 214-234-1498
    OFFICE: 214-653-2603
    Email Id: lhines@dallascounty.org
    (She is responsible for inmates getting their meds regularly & on time, and she handles problems related to that.)
  • Sheriff Lupe Valdez
    Dallas County
    Frank Crowly Courts Bldg.
    133 N. Industrial Blvd. LB31, 1st Fl.
    Dallas TX 75207-4313
    office: 214 653-03450
    FAX: 214-653-3420
    E-MAIL: chill@dallascounty.org
    (address e-mail for Sheriff to executive assistant, Cozuella Hill)
  • District Attorney
    Craig Watkins
    Frank Crowley Courts Building
    133 N Industrial Blvd, LB 19
    Dallas, Texas 75207-4399
    OFFICE: 214-653-3600
    FAX: 214-653-5774
  • Ms. Maurine Dickey
    Dallas County Commissioner District 1
    2311 Joe Field Rd.
    Dallas, TX 75229
    OFFICE: 972-247-1735
    FAX: 972-406-0615
    E-MAIL: mdickey@dallascounty.org
  • Mr. Mike Cantrell
    Dallas County Commissioner District 2
    411 Elm St.
    Dallas, TX 75202
    OFFICE: 214-653-7361, 972.240.1740
    FAX: 972.240.1749
    E-MAIL: mcantrell@dallascounty.org
  • Mr. John Wiley Price
    Dallas County Commissioner District 3
    AND Chairman of the Commissioners’ Jail Population Committee
    1506 E. Langdon Rd.
    Dallas, TX 75216
    OFFICE: 214-653-6671
    FAX: 214-653-7057
    E-MAIL: jprice@dallascounty.org
  • Mr. Kenneth A. Mayfield
    Dallas County Commissioner District 4
    411 Elm St.
    Dallas, TX 75202
    OFFICE: 214-653-6670, 214-339-8381
    HOME: 972-291-4413
    FAX: 214-653-7057
    E-MAIL: kmayfield@dallascounty.org
  • The Honorable Jim Foster
    Presiding Officer
    Dallas County Commissioners Court
    411 Elm St.
    Dallas, TX 75202
    OFFICE: 214-653-7361
    FAX: 214-653-7057
    E-MAIL: jfoster@dallascounty.org
  • Shay W. Cathey
    Executive Assistant to Dallas County Judge Jim Foster
    Dallas County Commissioners Court
    411 Elm St., 2nd Floor
    Dallas, Texas 75202
    Email: SCathey@dallascounty.org


  • State Hospital Liaison (for mentally ill) to the Jail
    Rebecca Hallmark
    Dallas Area NorthSTAR Authority
    Toll free # is: 877-653-6363, extension 108
  • Parkland Memorial Hospital
    • Parkland’s Liaison for the Jail:
      Ms. Sharon Phillips, R.N., MBA
      Sr. V.P. COPC/EPO/OHS & Wellness/Jail Health
      Parkland Health & Hospital System
      Dallas, TX 75235
      OFFICE: 214-590-0104
      OFFICE: 214-590-0173
      FAX: 214-590-0173
      E-MAIL: SPHILL@parknet.pmh.org
    • Parkland’s Liaison with their Board of Managers:
      Jan Coder, OFFICE: 214-590-8078
      E-MAIL: jcoder@parknet.pmh.org
    • Parkland’s Corporate Communications Dept:
      Robert Behrens, Public Relations Specialist
      OFFICE: 214-590-8054
      FAX: 214-590-2740
      E-MAIL: RBEHRE@parknet.pmh.org
    • Ms. April Foran, Director
      E-MAIL: aforan@parknetpmh.org


North Dallas Shared Ministries:  http://www.ndsm.org/

Urban League of Dallas Project 4 Victory:      http://www.ulgdnctx.com/project_victory.html

Metro Crest Social Services http://www.metrocrestsocialservices.org/programsandservices_help.html



  • Matt Pulle, Staff Writer
    The Dallas Observer
    P.O. Box 190289
    Dallas, TX 75219-0289
    OFFICE: 214-757-8424
    FAX: 214-757-8590
    E-MAIL: matt.pulle@dallasobserver.com
  • Mr. Kevin Krause
    Dallas Morning News
    E-MAIL: kkrause@dallasnews.com
    (Wrote 12/13/2006 article: “Feds detail fatal dangers at jail: suit threatened over care, Dallas County officials say conditions improving”)
  • Sherry Jacobson
    Dallas Morning News
    Local News Columnist
    E-MAIL: sjacobson@dallasnews.com
    (Wrote 12/23/2006 article: “No party has lock on jail’s woes.” Article is about Kenn S. George, the GOP’s leader in Dallas County, writing a letter to the editor and blaming Sheriff Valdez, a Democrat, for all of the health-related problems at the jail. A quote from this article: “Never mind that her predecessor, Jim Bowles, a Republican, was master of the county jail for two decades, a period pockmarked with similar accusations of improper care and conditions.”
  • Jaime S. Jordan
    Web Editor
    Dallas Business Journal
    12801 North Central Expressway, Ste. 800
    Dallas, Texas 75243-1862
    OFFICE: 214-706-7106
    FAX: 214-696-1486
    E-MAIL: jsjordan@bizjournals.com
    (Wrote 12/14/06 article, “DOJ slams conditions at Dallas County Jail”.)
  • Scott Henson
    (“Grits For Breakfast” blog)



  • Ms. Janie Metzinger
    Public Policy Director
    Mental Health Assn. of Greater Dallas
    624 N. Good-Latimer, Ste. 200
    Dallas, TX 75204
    OFFICE: 214-871-2420 ext. 114
    FAX: 214-954-0611
    E-MAIL: jmetzinger@mhadallas.org


  • David Finn, Esq.
    Principal Office: Dallas, Texas
    2828 N. Harwood, Suite 1950
    Dallas, TX. 75201
    OFFICE: (214) 651-1121
    E-MAIL: JudgeFinn@DavidFinn.com
  • Fort Worth Office
    One Summit Avenue, Suite 906
    Fort Worth, Texas 76102
    OFFICE: (817) 460-LAWS
    OFFICE: (817) 460-5297
    David Finn’s blog: http://dallascriminaldefenselawyer.blogspot.com/
  • Jeff Kobs, Esq. (Represented Mims)
    Kobs, Haney & Hundley
    Sundance Sq., 115 W. Second St., Ste. 204
    Fort Worth, TX 76102
    OFFICE: 817-332-5956
    FAX: 817-332-2899
  • Russell Wilson II
    E-MAIL: attyrwilson@msn.com

A question about an inmate in Dallas jail from PrisonTalk.com (a useful forum for questions and answers for families of inmates) I have deleted some info for privacy sake:

My hubby got sentenced 5yrs on 12/10….Well he still hasn’t got picked up by tdc from Lew Sterrit (Dallas County Jail) since then. Does anyone know how long it usually takes or if there is a number I could call to inquire about him being picked up? I know they won’t give dates out but I just feel like I need to know something. Also does this time that he is waiting in county to be tranfered to prison count for any time towards his sentence?
ANSWER from Experienced Reader:
Generally, you are looking at a period of about two weeks between sentencing and the pen pack being sent by the Sheriff to TDCJ. Until that is done, TDCJ won’t even know he exists. Only after someone is on the State-Ready system does the 45-day duty to accept begin to run. He will receive credit for all time following the sentencing while awaiting transfer.My guess would be that outgoing chain will include him within the next ten days or so. In the interim, I would suggest focusing on the fact that he is in a facility where you will be able to continue to have contact with him as opposed to the roughly one month where you will be extremely limited in that ability…