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TDCJ - Huntsville Unit (HV)

State Prison

Last Updated: May 28, 2022
815 12th St, Huntsville, TX 77320
Mailing Address
PO Box 99, Huntsville, TX 77342-0099

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

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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TDCJ - Huntsville Unit (HV) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 936-437-1555

The inmates housed at Huntsville Unit located at 815 12th St in Huntsville, 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.

Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville or Huntsville Unit (HV), also known as the "Walls Unit", is the oldest Texas state prison, located in Huntsville, TX. Huntsville resides on about a 54-acre plot of land near downtown Huntsville, is operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). The unit houses the execution chamber of the State of Texas, the most active execution chamber in the United States, with 561 (as of April 24, 2019) executions since 1982, when the death penalty was reinstated in the state.

The TDCJ houses male death row inmates in the Polunsky Unit and female death row inmates in the Mountain View Unit.

The Huntsville Unit serves as one of the TDCJ's regional release centers for male prisoners. Most male prisoners are released to be closer to their counties of conviction, approved release counties, and/or residences. Male prisoners who have detainers, are classified as sex offenders, have electronic monitoring imposed by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and/or have certain special conditions of the Super-Intensive Supervision Program (SISP) are released from the Huntsville Unit, regardless of their counties of conviction, residences, and/or approved release counties.

Inmates at Huntsville Unit can work a variety of jobs within the facility and on institutional grounds. These jobs include working in a textile mill, producing garments, and working in the mechanical department providing mechanical repairs, welding and machining. Select inmates at Huntsville Unit are allowed to work in the Texas prisoner cemetery providing landscaping and maintenance services.

Inmates are provided educational programs that include literacy courses, adult basic education classes and the opportunity to earn a GED. Vocational studies include automotive mechanics I and II, culinary arts, imaging technologies, and business image management. Additional programs are available for inmates nearing their discharge date and include pre-release programming and job skills/employment preparation. Substance abuse treatment and sex offender education programs are also available at Huntsville.

Offender Gender: Male Maximum Capacity *: 1,705 Custody Levels Housed: G1-G3, Administrative Segregation, Transient Approximate Acreage: 54 Agricultural Operations: None Manufacturing and Logistics Op.: Textile Mill; Garment Production Warehouse; Mechanical Department (Gas Engine Repair, Tractor Repair, Welding, and Machine Shop) Facility Operations: Unit Maintenance Additional Operations: Regional Release Site: Discharge, Parole, Mandatory Supervision; Media Center Medical Capabilities: Ambulatory medical, dental, and mental health services. CPAP accommodating housing available. Managed by UTMB. Special Treatment Programs: Sex Offender Education Program (SOEP) Educational Programs: Literacy (Adult Basic Education/GED), CHANGES/Pre-Release Career and Technology Programs: Business Image Management and Multimedia; Printing and Imaging Technology Apprenticeship Programs: Automotive Technician Specialist; Cook/Baker Lee College Vocational: Auto Mechanics, Auto Mechanics II Additional Programs/Services: Adult Education Program (upon availability), Peer Education, Reentry Planning, Chaplaincy Services, Community Tours, GO KIDS Initiative Community Work Projects: Services provided to city and county agencies and local organizations. Volunteer Initiatives: Employment/Job Skills, Substance Abuse Education, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities, Support Groups, Mentoring, Victims Awareness, Witness Support Services

Inmate Locator

TDCJ - Huntsville Unit (HV) 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.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

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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

TDCJ - Huntsville Unit - Visitation

Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 5pm.

Visits are two hours in duration and can be contact or non-contact.

  • Visitors are allowed to enter the unit with only their Driver's License, car key and up to twenty dollars in quarters contained in a clear Ziploc bag to use in the vending machines.

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