TDCJ - W. J. "Jim" Estelle Unit (E2)

State Prison

Last Updated: September 03, 2022
264 FM 3478, Huntsville, TX 77320-3320

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

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TDCJ - W. J. "Jim" Estelle Unit (E2) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 936-291-4200

The inmates housed at Estelle Unit located at 264 FM 3478 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.

Estelle Unit is a maximum security state prison located in Huntsville TX and operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). The facility houses about 3,148 adult male prisoners in the main unit, an additional 212 in the Substance Abuse Felony Punishment (SAFP) and up to 120 inmates in the on-site regional medical facility. The custody of these offenders ranges from G1 minimum security to G5 maximum security. Maximum security inmates are housed across the street in the high-security unit.

Estelle employs a large number of medical workers who provide medical treatment to all inmate including geriatric and transient inmates. The units medical capabilities include dialysis, UV therapy, respiratory therapy, optometry, nephrology, radiology, physical and occupational therapy. The Unit is equipped for mental health treatment and provides dental services that include oral surgery.

Estelle Unit is a large facility and has many different programs. Violent offenders who are nearing their discharge date will participate in the Serious and Violent Offender Re-entry Initiative (SVORI). Inmates who suffer from alcohol and drug addiction can receive substance abuse treatment and participate in support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. Educational opportunities include literacy classes, adult basic education and GED courses. Supplementary vocational training is offered in business computing, masonry/bricklaying, painting/decorating, and horticulture. Some inmates may be eligible to work jobs within the institution providing labor in the on-site textile mill or in jobs such as maintenance, laundry, and the cafeteria.

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Offender Gender: Male Maximum Capacity*: Unit: 3,148 (Includes Expansion Cells)
SAFP: 212
Regional Medical Facility: 120 (Not included in unit capacity) Custody Levels Housed: G1-G5, Administrative Segregation, Safekeeping, Substance Abuse, Geriatric, Transient
Medical Facility: All levels requiring medical treatment Approximate Acreage: 5,459 Agricultural Operations: Estelle and Ellis work in cooperation: Cotton Gin, Cow/Calf Operation, Egg Laying Operation, Farm Shop, Edible and Field Crops, Security Horses, Security Pack Canines, and Swine Farrowing/Nursery/Finishing Operations. Manufacturing and Logistics Op.: Textile Mill Facility Operations: Unit Maintenance Additional Operations: Regional Medical Facility/Geriatric Facility; Emergency Medical Services (EMS); Video Conferencing Center; Special Needs Kitchen Medical Capabilities: Ambulatory medical, dental, and mental health services. Medical care available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Regional Digital Medical Services (DMS) hub for electronic specialty clinics. Infirmary with 120 assisted living and extended care beds. Specialty clinics on-site are audiology, brace and limb, dialysis, nephrology, ultra-violet therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, optometry, ophthalmology, oral surgery, regional radiology, and regional laboratory. Type II geriatric facility with wheelchair capabilities and assisted disability services (ADS) showers. Managed by UTMB. Special Treatment Programs: Assisted Disability Services (ADS) for vision and hearing; Special Needs Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF); Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI); Turning Point Substance Abuse Treatment Program; Administrative Segregation Pre-Release Program (ASPP) Educational Programs: Literacy (Adult Basic Education/GED), Reading, Special Education, CHANGES/Pre-Release, Cognitive Intervention Career and Technology Programs: Bricklaying/Stone Masonry; Business Computer Information Systems II; Horticulture; Painting and Decorating Additional Programs/Services: Faith Based Dormitory, Adult Education Program (upon availability), Peer Education, Reentry Planning, Chaplaincy Services, GO KIDS Initiative Community Work Projects: None Volunteer Initiatives: Substance Abuse Education, Life Skills, Mentoring, Support Groups, Religious/Faith Based Activities and Studies

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TDCJ - W. J. "Jim" Estelle Unit (E2) 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

Visiting hours for TDCJ - W. J. "Jim" Estelle Unit (E2). For Directions call 936-291-4200

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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