The Corrections Bureau is managed by our Jail Administrator and Certified Jail Manager, Major Nelda "Sally" Peña, and is made up of two separate detention sites designed for a combined capacity of 3,167 inmates.

The mission of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office is to provide for the safety of staff, inmates, and the community by the secure detention of those incarcerated, while promoting re-entry efforts.

The Downtown Criminal Justice Complex

Travis County Jail


This complex encompasses one full block of down town Austin between 10th & 11th streets and Guadalupe & Nueces streets. The first and oldest building is the Heaman/Sweat Historic County Court House.; This building is used for hearing civil cases and contains the County Clerks Office & Law Library. The main entrance to this building faces Guadalupe St.

In 1986, the Travis County Jail (TCJ) was opened to house 286 pre-trial detainees. The main entrance to TCJ faces the plaza directly behind Heaman/Sweat Court House.

In April of 2001, the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center opened adjacent to the Travis County Jail.  It contains a direct supervision booking facility utilized by all of Travis County. Central booking also contains an office for Austin Municipal Court. The sally-port entrance is off of 10th St., at the corner of Nueces.

As part of the Criminal Justice Center, the tower also houses the criminal courts, probation offices, the District Attorney’s Office, Pre-trial services, Court Administration and Courthouse Security.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office Central Command Security maintains the security of all Travis County court buildings. This section is tasked with screening all persons entering the facility, while also maintaining perimeter security, monitoring building alarms and security cameras.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office Transportation section is responsible for inmate movement to and from court. Transportation also handles extraditions, persons arrested on Travis County warrants in other counties, and court arrests.

Travis County Correctional Complex


The Travis County Correctional Complex was first opened in 1977 and is a campus-style correctional facility, encompassing approximately 130 acres. The complex consists of twelve inmate-housing facilities: 1, 2, 3, 5 – 9, 11, 12, CCB and Health Services. The majority are Direct Supervision which allows staff to actively manage inmate behavior to produce a safe and secure environment.

The complex has numerous support buildings to include a warehouse, healthcare facility, kitchen (which is supported, in part, by an on-site, working garden), inmate property, maintenance and marketable skills. There is also an on-site, non-denominational church which offers services to inmates seven days a week.

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