The Texas Department of Criminal Justice, previously known as the Texas Department of Corrections, or TDC, manages inmates in the state's prisons, jails and correctional facilities. Family, friends, victims and the general public can find out an inmate's projected release date using an online lookup tool, by emailing, or calling the TDCJ. Because release dates are tentative and subject to change, call the TDCJ to confirm release before picking up an inmate.
Offender Information Search Tool
The TDCJ's official website offers the Offender Information Search, which includes release dates. Enter at least one of the following to obtain results:
- Last name and at least the first initial of the first name
- TDCJ number
- State identification number, or SID
If you search by an inmate's name, the system searches for an exact match, therefore, misspellings of an inmate's last name will not generate accurate results.
Inquire by Email
You can find out when someone will be released from the TDCJ by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Specify that you would like the release date for and inmate and provide the inmate's 7-digit TDCJ identification number. If you don't have the TDCJ number, provide the full name, the county where convicted, and the birth date or approximate age. In the subject line of the email, also include the inmate's name.
Call to Confirm Projected Release Date
You can find out an inmate's projected release date by calling the TDCJ's offender locator line at (936) 295-6371 or the general information line at (800) 535-0283. In order to find out the release date by phone, supply either the inmate's TDCJ number or the full name and exact birth date. You may call between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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Projected Release Date Details
A projected release date for a TDCJ inmate is based on his offense as well as the date and the nature of the offense. Inmates with offenses committed before Sept. 1, 1996 who are legally eligible for mandatory supervision, will be released on their projected release date if they are not paroled, according to Free Inmate Locator. Offenses committed on or after Sept. 1, 1996 that are eligible for mandatory supervision, will be released at the discretion of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, or BPP. This type of release is known as discretionary mandatory release, as opposed to a legislatively mandated release of inmates who qualify for mandatory supervision, a type of parole. Inmates not approved for release by BPP, or who are not eligible for mandatory supervision, have a release date that is the same as their discharge date.
- Projected release date is determined by both the nature of the offense and the offense date. It may help to familiarize yourself with the laws that affect a prisoner's release date.
- By contacting the TDCJ, you can also obtain information on an inmate's incarceration history, the nature of the offense, and the court and county of conviction.
Karina C. Hernandez is a licensed real estate agent since 2004 in San Diego. She has written legal articles pertaining to housing and real estate for multiple internet channels over the past 10 years. She has a B.A. in English from UCLA.