TDCJ - Gib Lewis Unit (GL)

State Prison

Last Updated: April 10, 2022
777 FM 3497, Woodville, TX 75990
Mailing Address
PO Box 9000, Woodville, TX 75990

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

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TDCJ - Gib Lewis Unit (GL) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 409-283-8181

The inmates housed at Gib Lewis Unit located at 777 FM 3497 in Woodville, 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 Gib Lewis Unit is a G1 minimum to G5 maximum security state prison located in Woodville TX that houses about 2,300 adult male offenders in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). Over 1,400 inmates are housed in multi-occupancy cells. An additional 376 offenders are housed in an open bay dormitory, and 457 inmates are detained in single cells.

Lewis Unit employs many inmates in agricultural operations that include gardening and raising/caring for security dogs and horses. There are also internal positions for prisoners is provided in a woodworking shop located on the premise and teaches many offenders carpentry skills. Some are selected to work outside the facility providing a supervised labor force to surrounding county agencies and to the Habitat for Humanity.

While incarcerated at Lewis Unit offenders are encouraged to take advantage of the many programs offered. Educational programs at Lewis include literacy, adult basic education and the ability to earn a GED. Additional courses are provided to teach offenders cognitive intervention and conflict resolution skills, about substance abuse, and provide pre-release programming that prepares inmates for their upcoming discharge date. Vocational programs available to offenders at Lewis Unit include heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), cabinetmaking, milling, and electrical systems.

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Offender Gender: Male Maximum Capacity *: 2,232 (Includes Expansion Cells) Custody Levels Housed: G1-G5, Administrative Segregation Approximate Acreage: 360 Agricultural Operations: Security Horses, Security Pack Canines, Unit Garden Manufacturing and Logistics Op.: Woodworking Shop Facility Operations: Unit Maintenance Additional Operations: Scent-Specific Canines Medical Capabilities: Ambulatory medical, dental, and mental health services with 20 wheelchair-accommodated cells in high security. Digital Medical Services (DMS), electronic specialty clinics, and chronic care clinics available. All services on a single level, including assisted disability services (ADS) showers and CPAP accommodating housing. Managed by UTMB. Special Treatment Programs: Administrative Segregation Intermediate Care Program (ASICP) Educational Programs: Literacy (Adult Basic Education/GED), Special Education, CHANGES/Pre-Release, Cognitive Intervention Career and Technology Programs: Electrical Trades; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; Mill and Cabinetmaking Additional Programs/Services: Faith Based Dormitory, Adult Education Program (upon availability), Peer Education, Reentry Planning, Chaplaincy Services, GO KIDS Initiative Community Work Projects: Services provided to county agencies, area school districts, and Habitat for Humanity. Volunteer Initiatives: Substance Abuse Education, Support Groups, Mentoring, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities

Inmate Locator

TDCJ - Gib Lewis Unit (GL) 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

TDCJ - Lewis Prison Unit - Visitation

Visiting Hours

Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 5pm.

Inmates who are located in the Expansion Cell-Block have visitation by appointment only, contact the facility to schedule a day and time to visit.

Visits are two hours long and can be contact or non-contact depending on your relationship to the offender.

Inmates are only allowed one visit per weekend. All vehicles must be locked when you park, and all vehicles can be searched (please note if you drive a pickup truck your truck bed must not contain any items and be empty).

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