Beauford H. Jester IV Unit

The Beauford H. Jester IV Unit – aka the Jester IV Unit – is a psychiatric facility operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. This prison can house a maximum of 550 male inmates, including the most mentally ill and violent. Jester IV also houses eight death row inmates. Most inmates at the Jester IV Unit are only there for a short period of time, until their mental health is stabilized.

This facility has wide hallways, skylights, and floor to ceiling windows. The cement walls have murals made by prisoners that depict wildlife.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at the Jester IV Unit are between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. A visiting period lasts for about two hours and each inmate is allowed one visit per weekend. A maximum of two adults (18+) are allowed at a visit. Children 17 and younger are not counted in the visitor number. 

Call the Ombudsman Visitation Hotline at (936) 437-4927 or toll free at (844) 476-1289 if you have any visiting questions. The hotline is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Visiting Applications

Before you can visit an inmate at the Jester IV Unit, you must fill out an application and 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 Jester IV Unit is strictly enforced. You could be denied your visit if you are not dressed appropriately.

  • 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?

All visitors are subject to search and will be screened by a metal detector prior to entering the visitation area. 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.

Physical Address

Jester IV Unit
4 Jester Road
Richmond, TX 77406

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/XyN3dpmzSS6L5b4F6

General Phone Number

(281) 277-3700 (**033)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Jester IV Unit
4 Jester Road
Richmond, TX 77406

Inmates are allowed to have newspapers, magazines, and books, but you can't mail them directly. They must be mailed by the publisher, publication supplier, or bookstore. Always include the inmate's name and number.

eMessages

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

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Jester IV Unit, 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 Jester IV 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 www.jpay.com or call 1.800.574.5729 to send funds using Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card. 

ACCESS CORRECTIONS – SECURE DEPOSITS 

1. Visit www.AccessCorrections.com 

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

ECOMMDIRECT

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: Special Education

Alvin Community College Vocational: Food Service Preparation

Additional Programs/Services: Adult Education Program (upon availability), Chaplaincy Services, GO KIDS Initiative

Volunteer Initiatives: Life Skills, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities

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Careers at Beauford H. Jester IV Unit

If you are interested in a career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and would like more information about available jobs at Jester IV Unit, click here.

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