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Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ)

State Prison Administration

Last Updated: May 24, 2019
Address
209 West 14th St, Austin, TX 78701
County
Travis
Security Level
Administration - no inmates
Phone
512-463-9988
Phone Carrier
Fax
936-437-6325
Email
ombudsman@tdcj.state.tx.us
Mailing Address
PO Box 13084 - Capitol Station, Austin, TX 78701
Facility Type
Adult
Money Transfer
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Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 512-463-9988

About the Texas Department of Criminal Justice:
The mission of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is to provide public safety, promote positive change in offender behavior, reintegrate offenders into society, and assist victims of crime.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Facilities:
TDCJ - Beauford H. Jester III Unit
TDCJ - Beauford H. Jester IV Unit - Psychiatric Facility
TDCJ - Beto House
TDCJ - East Texas Treatment Center - MTC
TDCJ - Eastham Unit
TDCJ - Ellen Halbert Unit
TDCJ - Fabian Dale Dominguez State Jail
TDCJ - Formby State Jail
TDCJ - Fort Stockton Transfer Facility
TDCJ - French Robertson Unit
TDCJ - Garza East Transfer Facility
TDCJ - Garza West Transfer Facility
TDCJ - George Beto Unit
TDCJ - Gib Lewis Unit
TDCJ - Glen Ray Goodman Transfer FacilityTDCJ - H. H. Coffield Unit
TDCJ - Hilltop Unit
TDCJ - Hospital Galveston Medical Facility
TDCJ - Huntsville Unit
TDCJ - Hutchins State Jail
TDCJ - J. W. Hamilton Unit
TDCJ - J.B. Wheeler State Jail
TDCJ - James "Jay" H. Byrd Unit
TDCJ - James Lynaugh Unit
TDCJ - James V. Allred Unit
TDCJ - Jerry H. Hodge Unit TDCJ - Jim Rudd Transfer Facility
TDCJ - Joe F. Gurney Transfer Facility
TDCJ - Joe Kegans State Jail
TDCJ - Joe Ney State Jail
TDCJ - John B. Connally Unit
TDCJ - John M. Wynne Unit
TDCJ - John Middleton Transfer Facility
TDCJ - John Montford Psychiatric Unit
TDCJ - L.V. Hightower Unit
TDCJ - Larry Gist State Jail
TDCJ - Linda Woodman State Jail
TDCJ - Louis C. Powledge Unit
TDCJ - Lucile Plane State Jail
TDCJ - Manuel A. Segovia Pre-Release Unit
TDCJ - Mark W. Michael Unit
TDCJ - Mark W. Stiles Unit
TDCJ - Marlin Transfer Facility
TDCJ - Mountain View Unit
TDCJ - Nathaniel J. Neal Unit
TDCJ - O.B. Ellis Unit
TDCJ - O.L. Luther Unit
TDCJ - Pam Lychner State Jail
TDCJ - Preston E. Smith Unit
TDCJ - Price Daniel Unit
TDCJ - Reverend C.A. Holliday Transfer Facility
TDCJ - Reynoldo V. Lopez State Jail
TDCJ - Richard P. LeBlanc Unit - PreRelease
TDCJ - Rogelio Sanchez State Jail
TDCJ - Ruben M. Torres Unit
TDCJ - Rufe Jordan Unit
TDCJ - Rufus H. Duncan Correctional Institution - Geriatric Facility
TDCJ - San Saba Transfer Facility

TDCJ - South Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility - MTC
TDCJ - T.L. Roach Unit
TDCJ - Thomas Goree Unit- Correctional Institution
TDCJ - Thomas R. Havins Unit
TDCJ - Travis County State Jail
TDCJ - Tulia Transfer Facility
TDCJ - W. F. Ramsey Unit
TDCJ - W. J. "Jim" Estelle Unit- Correctional Institution
TDCJ - Walker Sayle Unit
TDCJ - Wallace Pack Unit
TDCJ - Wayne Scott Unit
TDCJ - William G. McConnell Unit
TDCJ - William P. Clements Unit
TDCJ - William P. Hobby Unit
TDCJ - William R. Boyd Unit

OPERATOR
CID – TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division
MTC – Management and Training Corporation
LaSalle – LaSalle Corrections

FACILITY TYPE
ISF – Intermediate Sanction Facility
DDP – Developmental Disabilities Program
SAFPF – Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility

Unit Directory

Unit Name Unit Code Operator Gender Type Region County Allred JA CID Male Prison V Wichita Beto B CID Male Prison II Anderson Boyd BY CID Male Prison II Freestone Bradshaw BH MTC Male Private State Jail Private Rusk Bridgeport BR MTC Male Private Prison Private Wise Briscoe DB CID Male Prison IV Frio Byrd DU CID Male Prison I Walker Clemens CN CID Male Prison III Brazoria Clements BC CID Male Prison V Potter Cleveland CV MTC Male Private Prison Private Liberty Coffield CO CID Male Prison II Anderson Cole CL CID Male State Jail II Fannin Connally CY CID Male Prison IV Karnes Cotulla N4 CID Male Transfer Facility IV La Salle Crain GV CID Female Prison VI Coryell Dalhart DH CID Male Prison V Hartley Daniel DL CID Male Prison V Scurry Darrington DA CID Male Prison III Brazoria Diboll DO MTC Male Private Prison Private Angelina Dominguez BX CID Male State Jail IV Bexar Duncan N6 CID Male Geriatric Facility I Angelina East Texas XQ MTC Co-Gender Private Multi-Use Private Rusk Eastham EA CID Male Prison I Houston Ellis E1 CID Male Prison I Walker Estelle E2 CID Male Prison I Walker Estes VS MTC Male Private Prison Private Johnson Ferguson FE CID Male Prison I Madison Formby FB CID Male State Jail V Hale Fort Stockton N5 CID Male Transfer Facility IV Pecos Garza East NI CID Male Transfer Facility IV Bee Garza West NH CID Male Transfer Facility IV Bee Gist BJ CID Male State Jail III Jefferson Glossbrenner SO CID Male SAFPF IV Duvall Goodman GG CID Male Transfer Facility I Jasper Goree GR CID Male Prison I Walker Gurney ND CID Male Transfer Facility II Anderson Halbert BB CID Female SAFPF VI Burnet Hamilton JH CID Male Pre-Release VI Brazos Havins TH CID Male Pre-Release VI Brown Henley LT CID Female State Jail III Liberty Hightower HI CID Male Prison III Liberty Hilltop HT CID Female Prison VI Coryell Hobby HB CID Female Prison VI Falls Hodge HD CID Male DDP II Cherokee Holliday NF CID Male Transfer Facility I Walker Hospital Galveston HG CID Co-Gender Medical III Galveston Hughes AH CID Male Prison VI Coryell Huntsville HV CID Male Prison I Walker Hutchins HJ CID Male State Jail II Dallas Jester I J1 CID Male SAFPF III Fort Bend Jester III J3 CID Male Prison III Fort Bend Jester IV J4 CID Male Psychiatric III Fort Bend Johnston JT CID Male SAFPF II Wood Jordan JN CID Male Prison V Gray Kyle KY MTC Male Private Prison Private Hays LeBlanc BA CID Male Pre-Release III Jefferson Lewis GL CID Male Prison I Tyler Lindsey LN MTC Male Private State Jail Private Jack Lockhart LC MTC Female Private Prison Private Caldwell Lockhart T3 MTC Male Private Work Program Private Caldwell Lopez RL CID Male State Jail IV Hidalgo Luther P2 CID Male Prison VI Grimes Lychner AJ CID Male State Jail III Harris Lynaugh LH CID Male Prison IV Pecos Marlin N1 CID Female Transfer Facility VI Falls McConnell ML CID Male Prison IV Bee Michael MI CID Male Prison II Anderson Middleton NE CID Male Transfer Facility VI Jones Montford / West Texas Hospital JM CID Male Psychiatric V Lubbock Moore, B. BM MTC Male Private Prison Private Rusk Moore, C. CM CID Male Transfer Facility II Fannin Mountain View MV CID Female Prison VI Coryell Murray LM CID Female Prison VI Coryell Neal KN CID Male Prison V Potter Ney HF CID Male State Jail IV Medina Pack P1 CID Male Prison VI Grimes Plane / Santa Maria Baby Bonding LJ CID Female State Jail III Liberty Polunsky TL CID Male Prison I Polk Powledge B2 CID Male Prison II Anderson Ramsey R1 CID Male Prison III Brazoria Roach RH CID Male Prison V Childress Robertson RB CID Male Prison VI Jones San Saba N2 CID Female Transfer Facility VI San Saba Sanchez RZ CID Male State Jail IV El Paso Sayle SY CID Male SAFPF VI Stephens Scott RV CID Male Prison III Brazoria Segovia EN CID Male Pre-Release IV Hidalgo Skyview SV CID Co-Gender Psychiatric II Cherokee Smith SM CID Male Prison V Dawson Stevenson SB CID Male Prison IV DeWitt Stiles ST CID Male Prison III Jefferson Stringfellow R2 CID Male Prison III Brazoria Telford TO CID Male Prison II Bowie Terrell R3 CID Male Prison III Brazoria Torres TE CID Male Prison IV Medina Travis County TI CID Male State Jail VI Travis Tulia N3 CID Male Transfer Facility V Swisher Vance J2 CID Male Prison III Fort Bend Wallace / San Angelo Work Camp WL CID Male Prison V Mitchell Wheeler WR CID Male State Jail V Hale Willacy County WI LaSalle Male Private State Jail Private Willacy Woodman WM CID Female State Jail VI Coryell Wynne WY CID Male Prison I Walker Young GC CID Female Medical III Galveston

Parole Confinement Facilities

Unit Name Unit Code Operator Gender Type Region County Baten NJ CID Male State ISF Private Gray Kegans HM CID Male State ISF III Harris Rudd RD CID Male State ISF V Terry

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Inmate Locator

Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Texas. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

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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Visitation Information

Visiting hours for Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). For Directions call 512-463-9988

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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Facility Type

This facility is a state prison administrative office, not a housing unit for inmates. The TX DOC or Department of Corrections is an agency responsible for overseeing inmates within their jurisdiction. The goal of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is to provide fair correctional practices and manage the individual facilities that inmates are housed at. The TX DOC provides services to support the officers working in TX prisons. The services provided by the DOC can include creating policies, conducting audits, budgeting, and managing staff. To find an inmate in the TX Department of Correction use the Inmate Search or select from the list of TX prisons below.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine 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 Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) 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

Here are some general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account; but 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 require a per-night fee for the jail’s expenses.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the jail. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be used if the inmate has funds in their commissary account, 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. Items sold are clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary also sells products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets, songs and educational programming. They also sell paper, envelopes, and stamps allowing the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – eligible where no money has been in their commissary account for at least 30 days.

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.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

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.

MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JailATM, WU, Touchpayonline, tigercommissary, smartdeposit are some of the money transfer firms being used by various facilities. MoneyGram is by far the oldest and most trusted.

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.

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, Walkenhorst's, 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 Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) 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.

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:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or 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 Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) at 209 West 14th St, Austin, 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 $5.00, 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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