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  • Jail Annex (EPCJA)
  • The El Paso County Jail Annex is located at 12501 E. Montana El Paso, TX 79938, (map). It was opened in late 1997- as part of the Leo Samaniego Law Enforcement Complex. The Jail Annex is “campus style” podular/modular design. It contains twelve “pods.” Each pod consists of cells surrounding a central control / guard station. A series of four pods comprise a module / unit. There are currently three modules / units in operation however there is space on-site for expansion as the need arises. In an effort to reduce the likelihood of confrontations between inmates, the facility is designed to minimize inmate movement. Most services are delivered to the inmate, including, educational programs, ministry programs, distribution of prescribed medicines, commissary, meals served from our full service kitchen, laundry, and leisure library. Centralized services include medical clinic, and computerized law library.
  • The rated capacity is 1,450. The security / custody level is rated at maximum.
  • The Annex is also responsible for the transportation of inmates between facilities, as well as the Texas Department of Correction (TDC) and other correctional facilities within the state.
  • Like the Downtown Jail, the Annex also has an operational design concept to receive unclassified persons, hold pretrial and convicted persons, and allow for processing, classifying and releasing persons at all times.
  • Programs and Services
  • There are a variety of services and programs available to our inmate population to include but not limited to twenty-four hour medical services, adult educational programs such as GED and ESL, Religious Programs, Work Programs, and Commissary.
  • Jail Diversion Resolution
  • Jail Annex Expansion
  • Pets Advancing Wellness (PAWS) in Detention vocational program
  • The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in collaboration with the El Paso Human Society and the Animal Rescue League of El Paso have created the Pets Advancing Wellness (PAWS) in Detention vocational program. Male detainees rehabilitate second chance dogs (animals that would have otherwise been destined for a kill shelter) and gain work skills in kennel management, canine command training and canine care. This initiative has been proven to reduce recidivism through the attainment of new job skills and the nurturing character of working with animals.
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  • Visitation
  • The visitation schedule for the Jail Annex Bureau is:
  • Saturday
  •    From 6:00pm to 9:00pm - odd pods (100, 300, 500, 700, 900, 1100, clinic)
  • Sunday
  •    From 8:00am to 11:00am - odd pods (100, 300, 500, 700, 900, 1100, clinic)
  • Saturday
  •    From 8:00am to 11:00am - even pods (200, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1200)
  • Sunday
  •    From 6:00pm to 9:00pm - even pods (200, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1200)
  • Visitors must be 17 year of age or older.
  • Children 16 years of age or younger may visit you on the 1st weekend of the month and designated on holidays. An adult must accompany them.
  • Children's Visitation, individuals under 17, may visit on the first Saturday/Sunday of the month during the morning visitation.
  • Children's Visitation will be during the morning and evening sessions on:
  • Mother's Day
    Father's Day
  • • Visitors must show valid picture identification before being allowed to visit.
  • • Each visitor may visit once on any designated visiting day.
  • • Each individual visit will last 20 minutes.
  • • Visitors may leave money to be deposited on the inmate account.
  • • All personal belongings will be searched.
  • • All visitors will pass through the metal detector. If the metal detector alerts, the individual entering the facility will be subject to search of their person.
  • • Any person who is unwilling to submit to a search of hand carried property and/or is unwilling to pass through the metal detector will not be allowed to enter.
  • • All visitors must comply with the facility dress code which is:
  •    a. No halter tops, tank tops, low-cut neckline, see-through blouses or sleeveless shirts
  •    b. No short skirts/dresses or shorts
  •    c. No clothing which portray pornography, sexually explicit, or derogatory message
  • Inmate Telephone Service
  • If an individual wishes to deposit money on behalf of an inmate, he may do so by using the services offered through OffenderConnect.
  • What is OffenderConnect?
  • OffenderConnect is an authorized deposit and account management portal for the corrections industry. With several different deposit methods available, OffenderConnect is the quickest and most convenient option to fund your loved ones account. Purchasing money orders, mailing deposits and waiting several business days for the funds to post are now eliminated with OffenderConnect.
  • AdvancePay® Prepaid Telephone Accounts:
  • To accept calls from an inmate at this facility, we recommend you create an AdvancePay® prepaid telephone account. Prepaid calling works by placing money on your phone number so that when your inmate calls you the funds are deducted from the balance on your prepaid account.
  • To set up or fund a prepaid account, you have two options:
  • Web - visit www.OffenderConnect.com to create a prepaid telephone account, add funds to prepaid telephone accounts, view balances, and more.
  • Phone - call 1-800-483-8314 to create or add funds to an AdvancePay® prepaid telephone account.
  • GTL Inmate Family Prepay - English
  • GTL Inmate Family Prepay - Spanish
  • VINE
  • The Texas Statewide VINE system is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or Internet to search for information regarding the custody status of their offender and to register to receive telephone and e-mail notification when the offender’s custody status changes. The VINE toll-free number for the Texas Statewide VINE system is 877-894-8463. This service is provided to assist Victims of Crime who have a right to know about their offender's custody status.
  • Mail
  • Inmates may receive money orders, cashiers checks, US Treasury checks and checks from other Penal Institutions. Any cash, foreign checks, payroll checks or personal checks will be returned to sender along with any other contents in the envelope.
  • NEW - Mailing Address Changes:
    Information Flyer - English
    Information Flyer - Español
  • Question: How does the physical mail get delivered electronically?
    Answer: The friend and family will need to send the mail to a new address. At this location the mail is scanned and delivered electronically to the command review queue. Staff will need to go into the review queue and read the scanned pdf and approve or deny. If the scan is not already assigned to the correct inmate, the staff will need to assign to the inmate. After approval the scan is delivered electronically to the inmate as a pdf in the facility msg app that is on the tablet. The inmate can review and read the scan for free in this app.

    Question: What address do they send to?
    Name of facility, State
    Inmate Name, Inmate Identifier
    P.O. Box 247
    Phoenix, MD 21131

    El Paso County, Texas
    John Doe #11111
    P.O. Box 247
    Phoenix, MD 21131

    This address can be posted on your website along with the contact info for TextBehind.

    Question: How does a friend and family get support?
    Answer: To report any mail delivery issues, family & friends should contact TextBehind support directly at info@TextBehind.com. Inmates can also remind their family or friends to us this email address for all their support needs.

  • Incoming correspondence may be opened, inspected, and possibly read. The inspection will be performed before the mail is delivered. Inflammatory writing and hardcore pornography is prohibited. Such correspondence is defined as:
  • • That which aids in the construction or use of weapons, ammunition, bombs or incendiary devices;
  • • Material that could aid in escape from an institution, including plans, diagrams and blueprints of institutions or instructions in the commission of criminal activity;
  • • Words that depict or describe procedures for brewing alcohol or for making drugs;
  • • Writing that is in code;
  • • Prison union publications and/or any publication that incites the overthrow of any governmental unit in the USA; police, weapons, or hunting books and/or magazines.
  • The following will not be accepted:
  • • Plastic coated cards or any other plastic coated items;
  • • Tape or stickers on letters;
  • • Glue, paste or any other foreign substance or unknown residue on envelope or letter;
  • • Postage stamps, envelopes, writing paper or stationery items;
  • • Mail containing more than five (5) photos, or any Polaroid photos. Photos are not to exceed 5 by 7 inches in size, and cannot be obscene, nude or pornographic photos, pictures or drawings, or pictures or photos exposing undergarments;
  • • Posters; hardcover books; jewelry.
  • The following will be accepted from a bookstore or authorized retailer:
  • • Newspapers,
  • • Soft cover books or magazines sent directly from the publisher or bookstore. Their return address must be stamped on the box, package etc., otherwise items will not be accepted.
  • Jail Annex Bureau Administrative Information - 856-4802
  • ICare Commissary
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