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What information is available about Lew Sterrett jail?

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The Lew Sterrett Justice Center is located in Dallas, Texas, and consists of three facilities: the North Tower, the West Tower and the Suzanne Lee Kays Tower. The North Tower was constructed in 1993 and holds over 3,000 maximum-security inmates. The West Tower is a mental housing facility and holds a mix of inmates such as accused child molesters and HIV-positive inmates. The Suzanne Lee Kays Tower, also known as the South Tower, is a direct-supervision facility.

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The South Tower is named for Deputy Suzanne Lee Kays who was killed in the line of duty on Jan. 4, 1989. As a direct-supervision facility, detention officers work inside the actual housing unit with the inmates.

Visitors must present a valid picture ID and successfully pass through metal detectors. Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult, and only two children per adult may visit. Items prohibited at the jail include cellphones, lighters, purses and umbrellas. Video visitation is available for both on- and off-site.

The Dallas County Sheriff's Department operates a total of six detention facilities with over 7,000 inmates and 900 employees. Inmates housed at these facilities are charged with offenses ranging from misdemeanor traffic offenses to capital murder.

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