Buster Cole State Jail

The Buster Cole State Jail is a Texas state jail located in Bonham, Texas. This facility mostly houses juvenile inmates and adult inmates with less than a two-year sentence. It is operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and can house a maximum of 900 inmates.

The agricultural operations at Buster Cole State Jail include the Unit Garden, Contract Farming and Grazing, Security Horses, and the Unit Food Bank Garden Program.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at Buster Cole State Jail are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

If you have any questions about visitation, please call the Ombudsman Visitation Hotline at (936) 437-4927 or toll free at (844) 476-1289. The hotline is open Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Visiting Applications

You must submit a visiting application and get approval from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice before visiting an inmate at Buster Cole State Jail. The visiting application and instructions can be found below.

Dress Code

All visitors must follow the dress code. Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times. Shirts and blouses of fishnet, transparent material are not allowed. Sleeveless shirts and dresses are allowed, but must cover the shoulders. 

Shorts and skirts no shorter than three inches above the middle of the knee while standing, capri pants, and long pants are allowed. Exceptions for pre-adolescent boys and girls may be made. If a dress, pants, skirt, or any attire appears to be inappropriate, the duty warden shall be contacted for a decision. 

Hats may be worn, but will be searched. Visitors are not permitted to wear all white. Clothing marked by words or pictures considered profane or offensive by current public standards will not be allowed. 

For a complete list of the visiting rules click here.

Permissible Items

Items allowed in the visiting room include a small wallet or change purse containing no more than $25.00 in coins. Visitors may only purchase items from vending machines in the visitation area to be consumed by offenders during the visit. 

Visitors with infants or small children may bring no more than three diapers, a supply of baby wipes and two baby bottles (“sippy” cups for toddlers). These items must be kept in a clear plastic bag.

Physical Address

Buster Cole State Jail
3801 Silo Road
Bonham, TX 75418

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/8iMGsr89gSt5Rd38A

General Phone Number

(903) 583-1100

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Buster Cole State Jail
3801 Silo Road
Bonham, TX 75418

Newspapers, magazines, and books may be mailed directly to offenders only by the publisher, publication supplier, or bookstore.


Inmates can receive incoming eMessages through JPAY. You can register at www.jpay.com.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Buster Cole State Jail, 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

You can send money to your inmate at Buster Cole State Jail through JPay. They provide several different ways to put cash on an inmate's books.


To send money online with a credit or debit card, click here. It's the quickest and easiest way to send money.


Call (800) 574-5729 to speak with a live agent 24/7. You can use a credit or debit card.

Walk-In Cash

To send money using cash, visit any MoneyGram agent location and use receive code 6188. Click here to get a list of nearby MoneyGram locations.

Money Orders

All money orders must be sent with a deposit slip to:

P.O. Box 279010
Miramar, FL 33027

Money order deposits slips are available in English and Spanish.

Programs For Inmates

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

Career and Technology Programs: Electrical Trades; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Additional Programs/Services: Faith Based Dormitory, Adult Education Program (upon availability), Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED), Chaplaincy Services, Community Tours, GO KIDS Initiative

Community Work Projects: Services provided to city agencies, local organizations, the area food bank, the Texas Department of Transportation, and Texas Parks and Wildlife

Volunteer Initiatives: Substance Abuse Education, Literacy/Education, Support Groups, Employment/Job Skills, Life Skills, Parent Training, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities, Storybook Project

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Careers at Buster Cole State Jail

To find out more information about a career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and available jobs at Buster Cole State Jail, click here.