Texas Department of Corrections

Basic Texas Department of Corrections Information

The Texas Department of Corrections, has of 8/31/15, was responsible for 148,146 inmates. The average sentence length for a TDCJ inmate was 18 years.

During that fiscal year, the department received 69,066 inmates and released 70,311 inmates.

The total department budget for the TDCJ was 3,175,589,052....that's BILLONS of dollars.

Are you looking for a Texas correctional facility?

Go the the Texas Facility Page and you find the facility address and phone number. At the top of the page, you will see a link to go to a Texas map which will have all of the facilities on it. There are currently 109 facilities listed: 92 are all male facilites, 14 are female and there are 3 facilities that house males and females (as of Jan. 2017). There are 3 additional parole confinement facilities.

Are you having a problem that you are having difficulty getting resolved?

You may contact the TDCJ Ombudman Program. The ombudsman office acts as a liaison between the Texas Dept of Corrections and the general public. Although they cannot override decisions made by appropriate authorities or deal with issues outside of the TDCJ, they can be a helpful contact in the event of a problem that isn't going away. Most issues can be resolved by contacting the inmate's unit but if that is unsuccessful, the ombudsman's office is an option.

As of Sept. 2016, there is this new note on their page......

A new Ombudsman Visitation Hotline will be available to the public effective September 3, 2016. Members of the public may contact the Ombudsman Office to inquire about offender location, basic visitation policy questions, unit family liaison officer information and how to appeal a visitation denial.

This hotline will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (936) 437-4927 or toll free at (844) 476-1289.

Realize that an ombudsman cannot override decisions made by judges, the Board of Criminal Justice and others nor can they hand issues outside of the oversight of the TDCJ.

Common Questions by Families

The Department of Corrections has written a small booklet available online to answer the most often asked questions by friends and families of Texas inmates. Some of the broad areas addressed are: mail, visitation, commissary, good conduct time and release issues. Click TDCJ Guide for Families here.

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