TDCJ - Christina Melton Crain Unit (GV)

State Prison

Last Updated: February 09, 2024
1401 State School Rd, Gatesville, TX 76599-2999

Crain 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 Crain Unit on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 254-865-8431.

Located at 1401 State School Rd in Gatesville, TX, Crain Unit carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. Crain 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 - Christina Melton Crain Unit (GV) 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 Crain Unit, designed for female inmates, has a comprehensive capacity, including 1,506 individuals in the Unit, 288 in the Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF), and 321 in the Trusty Camp. It accommodates a range of custody levels, from G1 to G4, as well as Transient, Outside Trusty, Developmentally Disabled, and Substance Abuse cases. The facility spans approximately 1,283 acres, sharing grounds with Hilltop, Murray, and Woodman units.

Collaborative agricultural operations with neighboring units involve cultivating edible and field crops, managing a farm shop, regional pest control, and overseeing security measures like horses and pack canines. Crain Unit does not engage in manufacturing and logistics operations but focuses on unit maintenance and intake/receiving processes.

Medical services are comprehensive, offering ambulatory care, dental and mental health services, along with specialty clinics and limited sheltered housing beds. The facility collaborates with Hospital Galveston physicians for specialized care, including obstetrics and gynecology. Telemedicine services and housing accommodations for CPAP are available, with medical management overseen by UTMB.

Crain Unit offers various special treatment programs tailored to inmate needs, such as the Developmental Disabilities Program (DDP), Prison Fellowship Academy, Special Alternative Incarceration Program (SAIP), and the Special Needs Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF).

Educational programs cover a wide spectrum, including literacy, special education, pre-release initiatives, cognitive intervention, parenting classes, and career and technology programs like Business Computer Information Systems and Construction Carpentry. Faith-based initiatives, adult education, peer education, and reentry planning services further support inmate rehabilitation.

Community work projects extend the facility's reach beyond its walls, providing services to city agencies, while volunteer initiatives focus on literacy, substance abuse education, mentoring, life skills development, arts and crafts, parent training, support groups, victims awareness, and religious studies, including the Women's Storybook Project.

Inmate Locator

Crain 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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