Basic Facility Information

TDCJ - John B. Connally Unit (CY)'s basic information for you, and their direct contact number: 830-583-4003

This facility is for adult inmates.

TDCJ - John B. Connally Unit - Parole Division
TDCJ - John B. Connally Unit - Specialized Programs
TDCJ - John B. Connally Unit - eComm/Inmate Commissary
TDCJ - John B. Connally Unit - Family Information Guide
TDCJ - John B. Connally Unit - Inmate Handbook

Western Union Code - City:TDCJ State:TX


Offender Gender:MaleMaximum Capacity*:2,148Custody Levels Housed:G1-G5, Administrative SegregationApproximate Acreage:813Agricultural Operations:Contract Grazing, Security Horses, Security Pack Canines, Unit GardenManufacturing and Logistics Op.:NoneFacility Operations:Unit MaintenanceAdditional Operations:NoneMedical Capabilities:Ambulatory medical, dental, and mental health services. Medical care available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Seventeen in-patient bed infirmary, including 13 assisted living beds, two respiratory isolation rooms, and two mental health observation rooms. Telemedicine and Digital Medical Services (DMS) available. All services on a single level, including chronic care clinics and CPAP accommodating housing. Managed by UTMB.Educational Programs:Literacy (Adult Basic Education/GED), CHANGES/Pre-Release, Cognitive InterventionCareer and Technology Programs: Construction Carpentry; Electrical Trades; Piping Trades/PlumbingAdditional Programs/Services:Faith Based Dormitory, Adult Education Program (upon availability), Peer Education, Reentry Planning, Chaplaincy Services, Crime Stoppers, GO KIDS InitiativeCommunity Work Projects:Services provided to local organizations and Habitat for Humanity.Volunteer Initiatives:Literacy/Education, Employment/Job Skills, Substance Abuse Education, Support Groups, Mentoring, Life Skills, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities

Facility Type

The Texas state system works with all the county courts for the commitment side of an offender's sentence. At the most basic level, the fundamental difference between jail and prison is the length of stay for inmates. Think short-term and long-term. Jails are usually run by local law enforcement and/or local government agencies and are designed to hold inmates awaiting trial or serving a short sentence. Because prisons are designed for long-term incarceration, they are better developed for the living needs of their populations. Many inmates prefer their stays in prison given the more regular life, the greater availability of programs, and better facilities.

Convicted criminals are sent to  prison as punishment and must  follow very strict rules of conduct and order or they are held to additional punishment like loss of privileges or isolation. They do retain some rights as granted by the state and federal constitutions. Prison is like a little city inside a city. There is a mayor (the warden - call 830-583-4003 for information), police (correctional staff), a jail (disciplinary segregation unit, the SHU, the "hole"), laws (administrative rules), judges (hearings officers), a store (the commissary), housing (cells), medical care (infirmary), library (law, education and lending), civic organizations (clubs), worship (chapel), a park (the recreation yard), a cafeteria (chow hall), and the inmates all have a job that assists in keeping the facility running. 

There is no privacy in prison - inmates dress, shower, and use the bathroom in the company of other inmates.  Inmates are required to make their bunks and keep their personal possessions neat.  All inmates wear identical clothing and must carry their identification card with them at all times.  Most possessions allowed must be purchased from the canteen.  Meal times are assigned and inmates have a short time to eat and depart the chow hall, there are no seconds.  Inmates are subject to searches of their person and/or cell at any time.  All movements of inmates from one area to another are monitored and supervised.

Custody/Security Level

TDCJ - John B. Connally Unit (CY) is a state medium facility that resembles a high-security institution in many ways. They are designed primarily to house violent offenders with longer sentences (usually in the 20 -year range), and inmates who exhibit behavioral problems. Housing consists of single and double cells, and all perimeters are double-fenced with extensive electronic surveillance. Housing is primarily double bunk, prison cell-type with some institutions having double-bunk cubicles. With double-razor wire fenced perimeters, perimeter patrol and electronic surveillance, medium institutions provide a higher level of security than low facilities but there is some similarities to the controlled movement system..

Inmate Locator

TDCJ - John B. Connally Unit (CY) 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.

Visitation Information

Visiting hours for TDCJ - John B. Connally Unit (CY). For Directions call 830-583-4003

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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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a State - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photosmagazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about TDCJ - John B. Connally Unit (CY) that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Texas

These are general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account or commissary account; this is not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail.  Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails even require a per night payment for the jail’s expenses – required from the inmate

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the correctional institution. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be enjoyed if the inmate has funds in their commissary account.  An inmate's commissary account is like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books.  The commissary sells clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers.  The commissary might also sell entertainment-related products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets like an iPad (no internet access), songs and educational programming. 

The commissary also sells is paper, envelopes, and stamps which allows the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family.  Most facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – that means that there can be no money in their commissary account for at least 30 days to become eligible.  

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with.

Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room.  Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
•    Inmate’s full committed name
•    Inmate’s ID number
•    Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses.  You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility.  Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

Some of the money transfer firms are:
•    MoneyGram
•    JPay
•    OffenderConnect
•    Access Corrections
•    JailATM
•    CommissaryDeposit
•    Touchpayonline
•    tigercommissary
•    smartdeposit

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. 

Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Sending funds using MoneyGram to a BOP facility
Inmates can receive funds at a state-managed Department of Corrections facility, which is deposited into their commissary accounts. You can send inmate funds electronically using MoneyGram's ExpressPayment Program.
1.    Funds are received and processed seven days per week, including holidays.
2.    Funds sent between 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST are posted within 2-4 hours.
3.    Funds sent after 9:00 p.m. EST is posted at 7:00 a.m. EST the following morning.

To send funds to your state inmate, please read and follow these steps carefully:
1.    Wait until your inmate has physically arrived at a DOC facility.  
2.    You'll need the following information:

  • Inmate's name and their correctional ID
    • AZ COMMUNITY (1241) - Phoenix AZ
    • AZ DOC INMATE DEPOSITS (1237) - Phoenix AZ 
    • AZ VISITOR BACKGROUND (1243) - Phoenix AZ
    • CA RESTITUTION JPAY (1282) - Sacramento CA
    • CALIFORNIA CORRECTIONS DEPT (6141) - Sacramento CA
    • COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS (6556) - Miami FL
    • CONNECTICUT DEPT CORRECTIONS (1222) - Wethersfield CT
    • FLORIDA CORRECTIONS DEPT (5188) - Miami FL
    • FLORIDA COURT-ORDERED PAYMENTS (5385)  - Miami FL
    • GEORGIA DEPT OF CORRECTIONS (6857)  - Miami FL
    • GEORGIA PROBATION (6901)  - Miami FL
    • ILLINOIS DEPT OF CORRECTIONS (7364)  - Miami FL
    • INDIANA CORRECTIONS DEPT (6142)  - Miami FL
    • IOWA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS (6185) - Des Moines IA
    • KANSAS DEPT OF CORRECTIONS (6577) - Kansas City KS
    • KENTUCKY ADULT INSTITUTIONS (1232) - Frankfort KY
    • KENTUCKY PROBATION AND PAROLE (1229) - Frankfort KY
    • LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS (8714) - Baton Rouge LA
    • MISSISSIPPI DOC COMM CORR (1204) - Jackson MS
    • MN DEPT OF CORRECTIONS (1279) - St.Paul MN
    • NC DEPART OF PUBLIC SAFETY (1224) - Raleigh, NC
    • NEW JERSEY DEPT OF CORRECTIONS (1233) - Trenton NJ
    • NYS DOCCS SUPERVISION FEE (1299) - Albany NY
    • OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS (6365) - Oklahoma City OK
    • OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS (7813) - Miami FL
    • PENNSYLVANIA CORRECTIONS DEPT (3209) - Miami FL
    • SOUTH CAROLINA CORRECTIONS DEPT (3569) - Miami FL
    • TENNESSEE COMMUNITY SUP (1195) - Nashville TN
    • TENNESSEE DEPT OF CORR (6188) - Nashville TN
    • TEXAS CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEPT (3570) - Miami FL
    • VIRGINIA CORRECTIONS DEPT (5189) - Miami FL
    • WASHINGTON DEPT OF CORRECTIONS (7949) - Tumwater WA
    • WASHINGTON DOC EDUCATION (8263) - Tumwater WA
    • WASHINGTON DOC FUNERAL (8260) - Tumwater WA
    • WASHINGTON DOC MEDICAL (8261) - Tumwater WA
    • WASHINGTON DOC POSTAGE (8262) - Tumwater WA
  • Facility name or MoneyGram receive code (see list above)
  • City & State:
    • see above next to facility name and number
  • Receive Code is in (xxxx) above
  • Beneficiary: Inmate's full committed name

3.    CLICK to send the funds through MoneyGram over the internet 
4.    First-time users will have to set up a profile and account.
5.    A MasterCard or Visa credit/debit card is required.

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary:

  • Keefe Group
  • Access Securpak
  • iCareGifts
  • Union Supply Direct
  • Commissarydeposit.com
  • Walkenhorst's Inmate Packages
  • CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How to Put Money in Commissary

While methods vary from state to state, you have quite a few options to make jail deposit. All county jails in Texas , Texas  Department of Corrections facility, federal prison, and all local jails have their own sets of procedures. Be sure to familiarize yourself with applicable rules and regulations regarding how to set up an inmate trust account. Karnes County commissary, Federal Commissary, and Texas  prison commissary prices and Texas prison commissary list may also vary.

The oldest and most trusted money transfer company is MoneyGram. Click and follow the instructions for adding money to federal, state prisons or county jails. They transfer to your loved one's account within a few hours.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at TDCJ - John B. Connally Unit (CY) letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

Stamps, writing instruments, paper, etc. for inmates must be purchased through the jail commissary. There are provisions for indigent inmates, as long as there are no deposits into the inmate's trust account within a 30 day period, the writing items AND postage are provided at no charge. No property of any kind can be mailed to or dropped off for inmates. Inappropriate or unacceptable mail will be returned to the sender and not placed in the inmate's locker. Those persons attempting to send contraband will be prosecuted.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

  • Christmas
  • Thanksgiving
  • Mother's Day
  • Father's Day
  • New Year's
  • Ramadan
  • Hanukkah
  • Easter
  • Passover
  • Kwanzaa
  • Valentine's Day

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate.

If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents! 

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to TDCJ - John B. Connally Unit (CY) at 899 FM 632, Kenedy, TX

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call. 

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes. 

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year.

Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $8.95, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money. 

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

Ask a former inmate questions at no charge. The inmate answering has spent considerable time in the federal prison system, state and county jails, and in a prison that was run by the private prison entity CCA. Ask your question or browse previous questions in response to comments or further questions of members of the InmateAid community.

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