TDCJ - Formby State Jail (FB)

State Prison

Last Updated: February 09, 2024
998 County Rd AA, Plainview, TX 79072

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

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for State - medium facility.

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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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You can support your loved ones at Formby State Jail on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 806-296-2448.

Located at 998 County Rd AA in Plainview, TX, Formby State Jail carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. Formby State Jail 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 - Formby State Jail (FB) so you can stay connected and support your loved one during their time inside.

Communication is important, the prison offers a phone program for outbound calls only, with inmates unable to receive incoming calls. Accepting collect calls can be expensive, sometimes exceeding $10 per call. Click here for discounts on inmate calls, especially if the communication with your inmate is frequent. It's important to remember that all phone calls are recorded, and discussing sensitive legal matters over these lines is discouraged.

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. You may, however, send letters and selfies to inmates with this easy-to-use app, packages starting at only $8.00.

Formby State Jail, catering to male inmates, has a capacity of 1,100 individuals and houses custody levels ranging from J1 to J5, G2, G4, and transient inmates. Situated on approximately 601 acres, it operates in conjunction with Wheeler. Together, they engage in contract farming, manage a unit garden, and oversee security horse operations.

While Formby State Jail doesn't have manufacturing and logistics operations, it prioritizes unit maintenance to ensure smooth operations. Additionally, it employs scent-specific canines to enhance security measures.

Medical services at Formby encompass ambulatory medical, dental, and mental health care, with telemedicine services available. The facility provides all necessary services on a single level, including housing accommodations for CPAP users. These medical services are managed by Texas Tech, ensuring comprehensive healthcare delivery.

Education is emphasized at Formby State Jail, offering literacy programs, CHANGES/pre-release courses, English as a Second Language (ESL), and cognitive intervention. Career and technology programs include construction carpentry, culinary arts, and electrical trades, providing inmates with valuable vocational skills.

Further programs and services include a faith-based dormitory, adult education (when available), the My Dad Reads to Me (Storybook) initiative, reentry planning, chaplaincy services, and the GO KIDS Initiative, promoting positive youth development.

Formby State Jail's community involvement extends to providing services to Habitat for Humanity, contributing to the betterment of society through meaningful projects. Volunteer initiatives focus on religious or faith-based studies and activities, as well as parent training, facilitating personal growth and community engagement among inmates.

Inmate Locator

Formby State Jail 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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