Harris County Jail: No More Daily Visiting Hours

Sheriff Adrian Garcia is announcing today that he's eliminating daily visiting hours to the Harris County Jail. Visits will be allowed only four days per week instead of the current seven.

Doing so will allow him "to redeploy jail staff and save $1.3 million a year," the sheriff's office says.

State law requires jails to have visiting hours at least twice a week. The four days where Harris County will allow visits will include "extended hours on some days," HCSO says.

Further details will come at an afternoon press conference after the jump.

Beginning Monday, April 25, 2011:

Saturday -- 3:30-9 p.m. Sunday -- 3:30-9 p.m. Monday -- No visits Tuesday -- 4-9 p.m. Wednesday -- No visits Thursday -- 4-9 p.m. Friday -- No visits

HCSO's Alan Bernstein notes that the schedule still offers more choice than many other jails in the state. He gave this chart of Texas jurisdictions:

Harris County: 4 visits per week

Dallas County: 2 visits per week

Bexar County: 2 visits per week

Travis County: 2 visits per week

Fort Bend County: Video visits only, 7 per week

Montgomery County; 2 visits per week

Galveston County: 2 visits per week

Brazoria County: 2 visits per week

Chambers County: 2 visits per week

Waller County: 2 visits per week

Liberty County: 2 visits per week

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