TDCJ Website

By Texas Magnum

Texas Department of Criminal Justice official site:

You can learn a lot about the Texas Prison System on their site. Under the Public Resources tab is a directory for all the units, an inmate search (which is the same on you fine here on the homepage) and inmate family resources including information about visitation, telephone calls, the parole system and more.

  1. Billy Joe Jackson Jr says:

    I’m trying to write a friend but apparently I’m not spelling his name right. Don Toliao is what I thought was the spelling and he was on McConnell unit. Please assist me in this!

  2. amanda freeman says:

    amanda i love you and i hope you still love me to im going to send you some money when you need me to and please dont forget about me when you get out ok baby

  3. Briana Umanzor says:

    I’m so excited to say my Husband is finally coming home after 2 long yrs…Freddy bby I u and these last 8 days are gonna be the longest 8days I’ve every experienced

  4. Shirley Becker says:

    My son was transferred last night to TDCJ. How can I find out where he is and his ID#?

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hey Shirley, Sorry, I didn’t see your comment until now. I hope you have gotten your answers by now. It takes a couple days for an inmate to show up on the TDCJ Inmate Locator once they are transferred. Just keep checking it. The website to check that is I used to have a link right on this site for it but they changed things so now I can’t make it work. Anyway, enter their name and info there and you will find out where they are. Once you locate them you can send them mail, being sure to put their new TDC number on the envelope by their name. Also, you can send them money, also using their name and TDC number, in or Western Union, or by money order in regular postal mail. Good luck to you and your son. Peace ~ Magnum

  5. Melissa says:

    how can I talk wit a inmate ?, im in mexico can I call him or he can call to mexico,?

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hey Melissa, I do not think you can talk to an inmate from Mexico because as far as I know it has to be a real land-line, not an internet line or cell phone, and it has to be in the US. You may need to just write letters to them to communicate. I am not sure if they have loosened up on the phone regulations since I was in, but that is what I am recollecting about it. Peace ~ Magnum

  6. gabby says:

    What does it mean when they returned my letter to inmate at beeville,Tx garza east unit and says returned for additional 49 cents

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hey Gabby, sorry for the slow response. I am just seeing this. It probably means you simply had a letter that weighed more than one stamp. A stamp is up to one ounce, then you need to add more postage so if there were pictures or a lot of pages this could be it. Peace ~ Magnum

  7. Hello I trying to find a Christopher Lynn Rhone…. Also trying to find out when is visitation Days And times and correct address…not sure if this is correct ID 01808286

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hey Erica, I am having some technical issues with the Inmate Locator today but I was able to find your friend. He is at Byrd Unit and as you mentioned his TDC # is 01808286.
      So, to write to him you would use:
      Christopher Lynn Rhone TCD # 01808286
      21 FM 247
      Huntsville, TX 77320

      You can also send him “emails” that the mailroom prints out and delivers and send money via using his TDC #. I see that he is eligible for visitation but you need to be named on his visitors list. If you are not sure if you are you should call ahead to find out. Usually visitation is on weekends unless there is a lockdown. Again, you can call to confirm you can visit with him. The phone number at Byrd is (936) 295-5768. Good luck to you and peace ~ Magnum

  8. Tracey Marsteller says:

    I dont know what im doing trying to find a friend i need an address his name is Eric Lein his TDCJ is 02034354 hes a white male UNIT OF ASSIGNMENT says SAYLE i dont know or understand what this all means so i ask for anyones help in finding where my friend is by giving me an address ASAP PLEASE. THANK YOU.

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hey Tracy, where you see that he is in the Sayles unit click on Sayles. That will open up a directory on the TDC site of all their units listed in alphabetical order. Find Sayles in the list and the address is right there. Peace ~ Magnum

  9. Nancy says:

    I would like to know where my husband Edward Gould is?

  10. Christina says:

    Thank you so much!

  11. Christina says:

    Maybe it would be easier if I told you his name. Brandon Anthony Tovar sid# 06593961.

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hey Christina, You do need to include his TDC # next to his name, and then the unit name and address. So I looked him up and this is what you need – address the envelope to:

      Brandon Tovar – TDC #02014050
      Byrd Unit
      21 FM 247
      Huntsville, TX 77320

  12. Christina says:

    Can someone please tell me how to add money for commissary an phone calls??

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Christina, they are making it easier and easier to send money to an inmate. You have some choices. You can mail a money order to TDC or you can do it online or at a couple of places in several ways. Here is what you need to know about it, straight from the TDCJ website.


      MONEY ORDERS or CASHIER’S CHECKS made payable to made payable to “Inmate Trust Fund for Offender Name and TDC Number
      1. Obtain the deposit slips from inmates themselves, or by sending a self addressed, stamped envelope to Inmate Trust Fund, PO Box 60, Huntsville, Texas 77342-0060 with the name and TDC Number of the inmate you want to deposit to.
      2. Send the deposit and completed deposit slip to Inmate Trust Fund, PO Box 60, Huntsville, Texas 77342-0060

      1. Complete an ACH authorization form (Click HERE for the form!) and have a set amount automatically debited from a personal checking account once each month for deposit to a specified offender
      2. Attach a voided check on the account to be debited
      3. Debit transaction will occur on the 5th of each month
      4. Submit form with voided check to Inmate Trust Fund, PO Box 60, Huntsville, Texas 77342-0060
      5. This is a free service provided by TDCJ

      JPAY allows you to send money to an offender for a service fee. Visit their web site at or call 1.800.574.5729 to send funds using Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card. Senders can make cash deposits at any MoneyGram location nationwide using an Express Payment form and using RECEIVE CODE 3570.
      ACE, AMERICA’S CASH EXPRESS from anywhere in the United States. Deposit funds to an offender’s trust fund account for a service fee. For the nearest ACE location, call 1.866.734.2306 or visit their web site at

      ECOMMDIRECT is the secure way to make a deposit in an offenders trust fund account.
      1. Visit
      2. Enter offender details
      3. Add deposit amount to your cart
      4. Check out using a Visa or MasterCard

      TOUCHPAY PAYMENT SYSTEMS provides convenient ways to get money to your loved ones with service fees starting low, including:
      1. Online:
      2. Telephone (toll-free): 1.877.868.5358
      MasterCard and Visa credit/debit cards are accepted, as well as MoneyPak, which is a remote cash option available at retailers
      nationwide. Visit:“ for details and locations.

      WESTERN UNION CONVENIENCE PAY offered at select locations within the state of Texas. Send up to $200 to an offender’s trust fund account for a service fee. Call 1.800.354.0005 to find a Convenience Pay agent location. Retail locations include Kroger, HEB, Minyard’s, Sack ‘n Save, Carnival and selected Western Union agent locations. *I am sure you will need their TDC number to do this so be sure to have it.

      WESTERN UNION QUICK COLLECT from anywhere in the United States. All three Quick Collect products are subject to different fees, send amounts, and other restrictions in certain states. Standard fee for over-the-counter Quick Collect transaction at a Western Union location. Deposit will post to offender’s account within 24 hours.
      1. Western Union at 1.800.325.6000, or visit to find the nearest Western Union location
      2. Telephone (toll-free): 1.800.634.3422, press 2 to send Q/C payment for credit card transactions.
      3. Web transactions: visit for online transactions.
      For each Quick Collect transaction the following information must be provided:
      Pay to: TDCJ – Inmate Trust Fund
      Code City and State: TDCJ/TX
      Account number with Facility: Inmate’s TDCJ number and inmate’s last name
      Attention: Inmate’s last name and inmate’s first name
      Note: Sender’s name and address are required when making a deposit to an offender’s account.

  13. Rebeca Davila Llamas says:

    I just want to know about my son.
    Fermin Sandoval Davila SID number is 4499075259.
    TDJC 01729488
    last time I have contact with him is a four month a go. Just I want to know he is ok?.. can you send me back the answer please.. I live in Mexico .
    Thank you for your help and your retention..

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hello Senora Rebeca, Your son is in the Beto Unit. The address there is TDCJ Beto Unit, 1391 FM 3328, Tennessee Colony, TX 75880. You would include your son’s name and number on the envelope. In USA we do not use the mother’s last name as the LAST name, we only use the father’s last name. So the way he is ID’d in the TDC system is as “Fermin Sandoval”. Use Sandoval as the last name and Fermin in the first name field. Also, I suggest you use this TDC number: 01729488
      So, to write him would be addressed like this:
      Fermin Sandoval TDC# 01729488
      TDCJ Beto Unit
      1391 FM 3328
      Tennessee Colony, TX 75880
      I see that Fermin was denied parole in December 2014. His projected release date is in 2018, which is usually somewhat accurate, so you will need to be patient for awhile longer. I hope that you can hear from him soon. Prayers to you and your family.

  14. Charlie says:

    I am amazed at this. There was also a reenct prisoner who died because he had Addison’s Disease (another auto-immune disease that sometimes travels with celiac) and he was refused his medication. The idea that a criminal should think before they commit the crime that they will be forced to starve or be very sick while incarcerated seems a little near-sighted to me. I expect to receive appropriate medical/psychiatric care if I am incarcerated, and that includes recognition of my diagnosis as celiac, Hashimoto’s and Addison’s. The prisoner may very well have been experiencing the panic and anxiety that can come from eating gluten and having long-term vitamin deficient conditions.

  15. Arif says:

    Karen, with all due respect, your cmeomnt is absurd. I don’t know if you have any idea how celiac disease effects someone who suffers with it, but your worst toothache couldn’t even begin to compare to the misery someone who has celiac would endure if they were fed foods containing gluten day after day after day. And starvation is not an acceptable choice either. Newspapers, magazines, books, television, recreational time outdoors, visitation rights these are all extras that we allow prisoners. Food is not an extra, it is a necessity of life. Even the most brutal, murderous criminal is deserving of some minimal level of human dignity. You want to lock him in his cell for 24 hours a day with no human contact be my guest. However, subjecting him to a life sentence of physical illness because the prison can’t be bothered accomodating food allergies is beyond cruel and unusual punishment. And, not to mention, there are plenty of people in prison who DO NOT belong there, but nevertheless are there because of draconian laws, overzealous prosecutors, or a host of other factors. Let me put it another way in a hypothetical: Suppose you’re driving down the highway one day, minding your own business, obeying the traffic laws, a car pulls in front of you, and you get into a bad accident and the driver of the other car is killed. Was that your choice? Did you choose to take a life that afternoon? I think not. Yet, if you were charged with manslaughter and sent to prison, you would be there nontheless. You may feel bad about what you did, as anyone would, but you didn’t intend to take another life. Wouldn’t you at least want to be treated with some level of human dignity and respect during your stay in prison, whether it’s for a week, a month, a year, five years, or so on? I think so