How to Find Out When Someone Will Be Released From TDC in Texas

By Jennifer Kiesewetter, J.D.

How to Find Out When Someone Will Be Released From TDC in Texas

By Jennifer Kiesewetter, J.D.

If you're searching for information on when someone will be released from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), or formally, the Texas Department of Corrections (TDC), you have three different ways to find your answer. Family and friends can access information on an inmate's release date through an online tool or by contacting the TDCJ.

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The TDCJ manages inmates in the Texas criminal justice system, including in jails, prisons, and other correctional facilities. The department determines the inmate's projected release date by the nature of the offense and the time of the crime. If the inmate committed the offense before September 1, 1996, then the TDCJ lets that inmate goon the projected release date if they are not paroled. If the inmate committed the offense on or after September 1, 1996, they are eligible for mandatory supervision. Then, the TDCJ releases the inmate at the discretion of the parole board. If the inmate isn't eligible for mandatory supervision or isn't let go by the parole board, then the TDCJ sets the release on the inmate's discharge date.

Of course, avoiding jail time all together is always preferable. But if your friend or loved one has been incarcerated, here's how you can find out when they will be released from TDCJ in Texas.

1. Use the Online Tool

The TDCJ's website offers an online tool called the Offender Information Search. To get information on an inmate's proposed release date, you'll enter their name, TDCJ number, security identifier number (SID), gender, and race. This database only includes offenders who are in the TDCJ.

The TDCJ updates its online tool during regular business hours and the information on the site is no older than 24 hours. However, the TDCJ still encourages family and friends to call and confirm before they go to pick up the inmate.

2. Call the TDCJ

You can also find out information on an inmate's release by calling the TDCJ's offender locator line during regular business hours. You must provide the inmate's TDCJ number or their full name and exact date of birth.

The TDCJ has different phone numbers depending upon the inmate's parole status. You may also call the general information line if you're unsure as to the inmate's situation.

3. Email the TDCJ

You may also email the TDCJ to find out about an inmate's release date. You must specify what information you want and should include the name of the inmate in your subject line.

Additionally, you should provide the inmate's TDCJ number in the body of the email. If you don't know the TDCJ number, you should give the inmate's exact date of birth.

It's simple to find out the projected release date for a family member or friend. Be sure that you have the necessary information to get your answer. If you have problems, you can call the TDCJ's general information line to ask further questions.

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