Alfred D. Hughes Unit

The Alfred D. Hughes Unit is a multi-custody level prison for male inmates located in Gatesville, Texas. This facility houses G1-G5 custody levels, as well as inmates in administrative segregation and safekeeping. This Unit is managed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and can house a maximum of 2,984 inmates. 

Agricultural Operations on site include: Edible and Field Crops, Farm Shop, Regional Pest Control, Security Horses, Security Pack Canines, and Swine Finishing Operation. There is also a Garment Factory on site that employs inmates to make uniforms.

Medical Capabilities at the Hughes Unit include: Ambulatory medical, dental, and mental health services. Medical care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Infirmary includes 15 assisted living beds and two mental health observation rooms. Brace and limb clinic and optometry services are also available.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Each inmate is allowed one visit per weekend, with a visiting period lasting approximately two hours. 

No more than two adults (18+) are allowed at the visit. Children 17 and younger will not be counted in the visitor number. 

Please call the Ombudsman Visitation Hotline at (936) 437-4927 or toll free at (844) 476-1289 if you have visiting questions. The hotline is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. This includes questions about visiting hours changing due to COVID-19.

Visiting Applications

Before you can visit an inmate at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit, you must get approved by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Click on the visiting application and instructions below to get started.

Dress Code

The dress code at Alfred D. Hughes Unit is strictly enforced. If you are not dressed appropriately, your visit will be denied.

  • Sandals, flip-flops, and open-toe shoes may be worn. 
  • Clothing that is tight fitting, revealing, or made with see-through fabrics are prohibited.
  • Sleeveless shirts and dresses are allowed, but must cover the shoulders. 
  • Shorts, skirts no shorter than three (3) inches above the middle of the knee while standing, capri pants or long pants are allowed. 
  • Length is not restricted for children ages 10 and younger. 
  • Clothing with pictures or language that may be considered profane or offensive is not allowed. 

For a complete list of the visiting rules, click here.

What can you bring to a visit?

A photo ID is required for all visitors 18 years of age and older. All other items must be kept in your vehicle except: 

  • A small wallet, clear plastic bag, or change purse
  • $25 cash (in coins) for the vending machines
  • Visitors with infants or small children may bring no more than three diapers, a supply of baby wipes, and two baby bottles (“sippy” cup for toddlers). These items must be stored in a clear plastic bag.

All vehicles and visitors are subject to search when entering TDCJ property. Visitors will be screened by a metal detector prior to entering the visitation area in accordance with agency policies. 

Pat searches are by TDCJ security staff of the same gender; however, metal detector screening may be performed by either gender. Children under 18 will not be pat searched by TDCJ security staff, but they will be screened by TDCJ security staff using a handheld or walkthrough metal detector.

Physical Address

Alfred D. Hughes Unit
Route 2 Box 4400
Gatesville, TX 76597

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General Phone Number

(254) 865-6663 (**042)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Alfred D. Hughes Unit
Route 2 Box 4400
Gatesville, TX 76597

Newspapers, magazines, and books can not come from you. They must be mailed directly to your inmate by the publisher, publication supplier, or bookstore. For example, you can order a new book from Amazon for your inmate, but you must have it mailed directly to the prison with your inmate's name and ID number in the mailing address. 

You can also get your inmate a subscription to a newspaper or magazine, just make sure you set up the shipping address just like the inmate mailing address above. Always include the inmate's name and number.


You can send your inmate eMessages through JPAY. To register, please contact JPAY at 1-866-333- 5729 or visit on the web.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at Alfred D. Hughes Unit can't receive incoming calls, but they do have access to phones during certain hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Texas, please click here.

How to Send Money

There are a number of ways to send money to an inmate at Alfred D. Hughes Unit. Remember, you will need their inmate ID number to put money on an inmate's books.

JPAY allows you to send money to an offender for a service fee. Visit their website at or call 1.800.574.5729 to send funds using Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card. 


1. Visit 

2. Telephone (toll-free): call 1.866.345.1884 for live bilingual agents available 24/7 


Click here and enter offender number, name and confirm offender. Add deposit amount to your cart and checkout using a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card for a service fee.

MONEY ORDERS or CASHIER’S CHECKS made payable to “Inmate Trust Fund for Offender Name and Number” 

  • You may obtain deposit slips from offender or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Inmate Trust Fund, PO Box 60, Huntsville, TX 77342-0060 
  • Send deposit and completed deposit slip to Inmate Trust Fund, PO Box 60, Huntsville, TX 77342-0060

Programs For Inmates

Educational Programs: Literacy (Adult Basic Education/GED), Special Education, CHANGES/Pre-Release, Cognitive Intervention

Career and Technology Programs: Custodial Technician; Major Appliance Service Technology; Pipe Fitting

Central Texas College Academic / Texas A&M (Central Texas) University Academic

Additional Programs/Services: Faith Based Dormitory, Adult Education Program (upon availability), Peer Education, Reentry Planning, Chaplaincy Services, GO KIDS Initiative

Community Work Projects: Services provided to city agencies and area school districts.

Volunteer Initiatives: Substance Abuse Education, Support Groups, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities


The GO KIDS initiative stands for "Giving Offenders' Kids Incentive and Direction to Succeed." Without intervention, children of incarcerated parents are six to eight times more likely to become involved in a criminal lifestyle.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice recognizes the importance of maintaining familial ties, particularly that of offenders and their children. To that end, the TDCJ is committed to providing opportunities for visitation as well as incorporating programs which, in respect to maintaining public safety, include children of offenders or impact the children of offenders.

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