TDCJ - Carol S. Vance Unit (J2)

State Prison

Last Updated: March 15, 2022
2 Jester Rd, Richmond, TX 77406
Fort Bend

Vance Unit is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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TDCJ - Carol S. Vance Unit (J2) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 281-277-3030

The inmates housed at Vance Unit located at 2 Jester Rd in Richmond, TX are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

The Carol S. Vance Unit is a minimum-security state prison for up to 400 adult male offenders (G1 to G2 custody levels) housed in a cluster of brick buildings, surrounded by a fence topped with razor wire. Vance unit is operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) co-located in the Jester State Park with other units Jester I, Jester III and Jester IV in Richmond TX.

The facility dates back to 1885 and was originally named Harlem II Unit, later it was renamed the Jester II Unit. In 1999 it was renamed the Carol S. Vance Unit. Vance was a former chair member of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and implemented a Christian faith-based rehabilitation program which was modeled after a similar program from Brazil. The prisons Christian influences can be seen immediately upon entering the facility through multiple murals that depict scenes from Christianity.

The prison is the home of the Prison Fellowship Academy (formerly known as the InnerChange Freedom Initiative) a special faith-based treatment program that lasts many months and has several phases. The program encourages the development of moral and spiritual filters and creates a value system for the offender.

The Program contains many bible study classes and preaches the sins of criminal behavior. Inmates who are in the Program must also participate in community work projects.

Traditional education programs such as adult basic education, literacy, and GED courses are not available at Vance Unit. Work detail at the Vance Unit includes facility maintenance, mechanical shop, unit garden, and a swine finishing operation. Life skills courses, parenting classes, various support groups, victim awareness, and job skills courses are available to inmates through volunteer initiatives.

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Offender Gender: Male Maximum Capacity *: 378 Custody Levels Housed: G1, G2 Approximate Acreage: 933 (Co-located with Jester I, Jester III, and Jester IV) Agricultural Operations: Unit Garden; Vance, Jester I, and Jester III work in cooperation: Security Horses, Swine Finishing Operation, Contract Farming and Grazing, Mechanical Shop, and Combine Shed. Manufacturing and Logistics Op.: None Facility Operations: Unit Maintenance Additional Operations: Scent-Specific Canines Medical Capabilities: Ambulatory medical and dental services. Digital Medical Services (DMS), electronic specialty clinics, and CPAP accommodating housing available. Managed by UTMB. Special Treatment Programs: InnerChange Freedom Initiative (Faith Based Treatment) Program Educational Programs: None Additional Programs/Services: Transformational Ministry Dormitory, Adult Education Program (upon availability), Chaplaincy Services, GO KIDS Initiative Community Work Projects: Services provided to city and county agencies, the area food bank, and Habitat for Humanity. Volunteer Initiatives: Literacy/Education, Employment/Job Skills, Substance Abuse Education, Life Skills, Parent Training, Support Groups, Mentoring, Victims Awareness, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities, Post-Release Housing

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TDCJ - Carol S. Vance Unit (J2) is a facility in the Texas Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

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Covid Visitation Information

The impacts of COVID-19 are everywhere. No question one of the biggest is the long-term suspension of visitation. Phones are one thing, but there is nothing like seeing your loved one's face.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) knows the impact that the family unit has on successful reentry. TDCJ’s goal is offender rehabilitation and maintaining close contact with supportive family and friends is a critical part of that.

To help alleviate that, TDCJ is introducing a new “Remote Video Visitation” system, which allows family members at home to visit, via live video, with offenders on select units. Friends and family registration will begin on Thursday, August 13th. Remote visitations will begin on Monday August 17th.

Remote Video Visitation will be available to offenders at the following locations:

This project is a re-working of the video visitation system that was slated to debut in early March with connections from long-distance unit to unit. Now those systems have been reconfigured to accept registered off-site visitors.

Remote video visitations are 60 minutes long and will cost $10.00. At this time, offenders will be limited to one remote video visitation per month. Due to COVID-19, the visitation fee is being waived for the first 90 days.

Projects are in development to provide potential remote visitation solutions for other units. Please watch the TDCJ website for additional announcements.

In order to participate in the new remote video visitations, follow these registration steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the Sign-Up link under Video Communication
  3. Enter email address and create password
  4. Select three security questions to help verify your identity should you forget your password
  5. Fill out contact info as it appears on your ID

Remote video visits are on a set schedule that will begin and end at the scheduled times. Visitors may log into the remote video visitation 1 minute prior to the scheduled start. Sessions will not be extended due to delayed start times. Any session not started within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time, will require rescheduling. In the event of issues or technical difficulties, visitors may log out and log back in during the visit.

If you experience any problems, please contact the Securus Customer Service Center at 1-877-578-3658.

Visitation Information

Visiting hours for TDCJ - Carol S. Vance Unit (J2). For Directions call 281-277-3030

Sunday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Federal Holidays 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

No cellphones, you will be searched before visiting. NO personal belongings. Persons under probation, parole, or other community corrections supervision must obtain the permission of both their individual supervising officer and the superintendent prior to a visit. Such visitation is not normally approved.

If the visitor is under the age of 18 and is a family member of the inmate, they must be accompanied by an adult family member or guardian to include a member of the inmate's extended family. If the visitor is under the age of 18 and is not a family member of the inmate, the minor visitor must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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