Category Archives: Prison Life

Spending Mother’s Day in Prison

Spending Mother's Day in prison is pretty tough on both the mom inside as well as the kids on the outside. We urge you to visit the mom not only to help her keep her spirits up but also for

Skills Learned in Prison Increase Successful Reintegrate Into Society

Finding employment on the outside is an important part of being granted parole. The TDCJ's Reentry and Integration Division helps connect ex-offenders and offenders up for parole with employers looking for qualified applicants based on education, vocational training, certifications, and

Kyle Unit Offenders Stitch Toys

Offenders at TDCJ's Kyle Unit participate Operation Stitch-A-Smile, crocheting stuffed animals for kids.

TDCJ’s Offender Beekeeping Program

Since 2006, TDCJ has utilized 2,500 offenders in their beekeeing program at various prisons across Texas. In 2016, 547 pounds of honey was produced by TDCJ bee hives.

Texas to Modify Its LGBTQ Inmate Policy

Texas Department of Criminal Justice has agreed to modify its policies regarding the treatment of LGBTQ offenders to comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act. The modifications are part of a settlement from a 2014 civil rights by an

How to Ask for an Inmate Transfer

Find out the rules when TDCJ allows family members of some inmates to request an inmate transfer to facility closer to their residence.

Texas Prisons Eliminate Solitary Confinement as Punishment

Texas correctional officials eliminated the use of solitary confinement as a punishment for prison rule-breakers.

Hurricane Harvey

An announcement released today by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice stated they are taking steps to protect supervised offenders and prison staff as hurricane Harvey bears down on Texas. Executive Director Bryan Collier said, "This is something that we

Judge Orders Texas to Reduce Temperatures in Prison

With all of Texas under an official heat advisory a federal judge has given state prison officials 15 days to come up with a plan to lower the temperature to 88 degrees inside the Wallace Pack Unit in Navasota, Texas.

Temperatures Are Rising in Texas Prisons

Summer is almost here and that means temperatures in the units are climbing so now is the time to prepare a Texas parole packet.

Medical and Dental Visits While in Prison

All TDCJ inmates have the right to at least some medical and dental care while in a TDCJ prison.

What are the TDCJ Custody Levels Assigned to an Offender?

All offenders are assigned a custody level upon entering TDCJ.  Custody levels determine where an offender can be housed and amount of freedom.

West Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility To Close by June 2

The West Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility close its doors by June 2 and will transfer roughly 270 inmates to the Rudd Unit.

How to Find Texas Parole Status Information

Find an inmate. Free inmate locator for TDCJ, Federal Bureau of Prisons and other Texas jails.