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TDCJ - Christina Melton Crain Unit (GV)

State Prison

Last Updated: July 31, 2021
1401 State School Rd, Gatesville, TX 76599-2999

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

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TDCJ - Christina Melton Crain Unit (GV) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 254-865-8431

The inmates housed at Crain Unit located at 1401 State School Rd in Gatesville, 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.

Christina Crain Unit (formerly the Gatesville Unit) is a Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) mixed custody (G1 to G4, includes minimum to medium inmates) state prison for females located in Gatesville TX. The Crain Unit houses all non-death row custody levels and is equipped to hold up to 2,014 women prisoners and consists of several separate satellite units, each serving a distinct purpose.

Crain's Reception Center is the place where new female arrivals to the TDCJ are processed. In addition, the center houses a boot camp program. The 174-bed Valley Unit houses pregnant, elderly, and mentally challenged prisoners. Valley also houses the prison library. Female prisoners throughout Texas who are not state jail prisoners or Substance Abuse Felony Punishment (SAFP) facility residents are released from the Crain Unit.

Crain Unit operates an agricultural and farming operation that employs select inmates in planting/harvesting crops and raising/processing swine. Offenders can receive substance abuse education, life skills, and parenting classes, and participate in victim awareness courses. Academics provided to prisoners include adult basic education, literacy and GED courses. Vocational training taught to inmates includes carpentry, restaurant management, computer systems, and culinary arts.

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Offender Gender: Female Maximum Capacity*: Unit: 1,498; Boot Camp: 8
SAFP: 288; Trusty Camp: 321 Custody Levels Housed: G1-G4, Transient, Outside Trusty, Developmentally Disabled, Substance Abuse Approximate Acreage: 1,283 (Co-located with Hilltop, Murray, and Woodman) Agricultural Operations: Crain, Hilltop, Hughes, Mountain View, and Murray work in cooperation: Edible and Field Crops, Farm Shop, Regional Pest Control, Security Horses, Security Pack Canines, and Swine Finishing Operation. Manufacturing and Logistics Op.: None Facility Operations: Unit Maintenance Additional Operations: Offender Intake/Receiving; Food Service Warehouse; Regional Release Site Medical Capabilities: Ambulatory medical, dental, and mental health services. Specialty clinics available, limited sheltered housing beds, and Hospital Galveston physicians for OB/GYN. Telemedicine and CPAP accommodating housing available. Managed by UTMB. Special Treatment Programs: Developmental Disabilities Program (DDP); Special Alternative Incarceration Program (SAIP) - Boot Camp for Females; Special Needs Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF) Educational Programs: Literacy (Adult Basic Education/GED), Special Education, CHANGES/Pre-Release, Cognitive Intervention, Parenting Career and Technology Programs: Business Computer Information Systems II (available at Hilltop); Construction Carpentry (available at Hilltop); Restaurant Management Central Texas College Academic Central Texas College Vocational: Office Administration; Culinary Arts/ Hospitality Additional Programs/Services: Faith Based Dormitory, Texas Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) Dormitory, Adult Education Program (upon availability), Peer Education, Patriot Paws, Reentry Planning, Chaplaincy Services, Community Tours, GO KIDS Initiative Community Work Projects: Services provided to city agencies. Volunteer Initiatives: Literacy/Education, Substance Abuse Education, Mentoring, Life Skills, Arts/Crafts, Parent Training, Support Groups, Victims Awareness, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities, Women's Storybook Project

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TDCJ - Christina Melton Crain Unit (GV) 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 https://securustech.net/tdcj/index.html#tdcj-video-visitation
  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 - Christina Melton Crain Unit (GV). For Directions call 254-865-8431

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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