TDCJ - Beauford H. Jester III Unit (J3)

State Prison

Last Updated: February 09, 2024
3 Jester Rd, Richmond, TX 77406
Fort Bend

Jester III Unit is for State Prison offenders sentenced anywhere from one year to life by the State Court in the county where the charges were filed

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You can support your loved ones at Jester III Unit on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 281-277-7000.

Located at 3 Jester Rd in Richmond, TX, Jester III Unit carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. Jester III Unit offers diverse educational and vocational programs aimed at equipping offenders for successful reintegration into society and reducing recidivism. Through these initiatives, inmates gain skills and confidence, fostering personal growth and resilience.

When someone you care about ends up in a state prison, it can be tough to navigate the ins and outs of the system. From figuring out how to stay in touch to understanding what you can do to make their time easier, it can feel overwhelming. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get the lowdown on TDCJ - Beauford H. Jester III Unit (J3) so you can stay connected and support your loved one during their time inside.

While incarcerated, reading is often the best use of time. Please note that books and magazines, puzzles, and word searches ordered for inmates must come directly from the publisher. This policy ensures that the items are new, untampered, and comply with the facility's regulations. Prisons and jails enforce this rule to prevent the introduction of contraband or prohibited materials. By restricting orders to publishers, the facility can better maintain security and control over the content entering the institution. Any books or magazines not received directly from the publisher will be rejected and not delivered to the inmate.

The Jester III Unit, exclusively for male inmates, has a capacity of 810 within the main unit and an additional 321 at the trusty camp. Situated on a sprawling 933-acre site, it operates in conjunction with Jester I, Jester IV, and Vance units, engaging in various agricultural endeavors like unit gardening and contract farming and grazing. Additionally, collaborative efforts include maintaining security horses, pack canines, a swine finishing operation, and operating a mechanical shop and combine shed.

While the facility does not have manufacturing or logistics operations, it prioritizes unit maintenance to ensure smooth functioning. Notably, it houses scent-specific canines and human remains detection (HRD) canines to enhance security measures.

Medical services at Jester III are comprehensive, offering ambulatory medical, dental, and mental health care. The facility boasts 132 wheelchair-accommodated cells, a 12-bed assisted living infirmary, and specialty clinics for brace and limb, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. All services, including assisted disability services (ADS) showers and chronic care clinics, are conveniently located on a single level. Moreover, digital medical services (DMS) and electronic specialty clinics are available, and managed by UTMB to ensure quality care.

Educational opportunities abound at Jester III, encompassing literacy programs, CHANGES/Pre-Release courses, and cognitive intervention sessions. Career and technology programs such as Business Computer Information Systems II and vocational courses in auto mechanics and food service preparation are also offered in collaboration with Alvin Community College.

Additional programs and services include a faith-based dormitory, adult education programs (subject to availability), peer education initiatives, reentry planning support, chaplaincy services, and the GO KIDS Initiative to foster personal growth among inmates.

Though community work projects are not currently undertaken, volunteer initiatives play a crucial role in rehabilitation efforts. These initiatives cover literacy/education, substance abuse education, life skills training, mentoring, support groups, and religious/faith-based studies and activities, fostering a supportive environment conducive to inmate growth and development.

Inmate Locator

Jester III Unit maintains a database of current inmates and their locations within the system. To locate an inmate, begin by using the DOC locator tool, which requires entering the first three letters of the inmate's first and last name, allowing for variations in spelling.

If unable to locate the desired information through free resources, users may opt to use the Arrest Record Search, which requires payment. While this option incurs a small fee, it provides access to the most up-to-date data available.

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Visitation Information

Inmate Visitation

Visitation plays an important role in maintaining the association between inmates and their friends and family as well as strengthening family ties. Visitation Procedure Update (effective December 28, 2023)

Preparing for your visit:

Before you travel to a unit:

  • Confirm the inmate is assigned to the unit you are planning to visit and has visitation privileges.
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  • Confirm the unit visitation schedule and verify that visitation has not been canceled. An eligible inmate cannot receive visitors if visitation has been canceled.

  • Do not bring cash (except coins, not more than $35).

  • No cell phones inside the secure perimeter.

  • Spiritual visits must be coordinated through the warden’s office.

Each inmate is only allowed one visit per weekend. To the extent possible, individuals on an inmate’s Visitors List should coordinate with one another and with the inmate to prevent subsequent visitors from being declined when they arrive at the unit.

General Information Guide for Families of Inmates (English/Español) - PDF
Inmate Rules and Regulations for Visitation (English/Español) - PDF

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