C.A. Holliday Transfer Facility

The Reverend C.A. Holliday Transfer Facility is a prison located in Huntsville, Texas. It serves as an intake and processing facility for transient inmates where they conduct various assessments, including substance abuse screenings, that determines which prison the inmate will be housed in. This facility can house a maximum of 2,128 male inmates.

Agricultural operations at the Reverend C.A. Holliday Transfer Facility include Edible and Field Crops, Egg Laying Operation, Farm Shop, Regional Pest Control, Security Horses, Security Pack Canines, Swine Finishing Operation, and Veterinary Clinic. 

Holliday also assists the Goree Unit in the Horse Breeding Program.

Holliday is one of the largest transfer facilities in Texas. It is located across the street from the Texas Prison Museum. This facility is an industrial-scale complex with sheet metal siding and low sloping roofs. 

Robert Perkinson, author of Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire, said that the "hastily-constructed" transfer unit "looks like an assemblage of discount tire outlets." He added that the only features that indicate it's a prison is the razor wire and guard towers. 

Huntsville resident and former warden Jim Willett said that Holliday is "a giant tin barn that serves as Texas's prison purgatory, the place you go between jail and the real thing."

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The Reverend C.A. Holliday Transfer Facility has visiting hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Each inmate may have one visit per weekend, and a visiting period lasts approximately two hours. A maximum of two adults (18+) are allowed at the visit. Children 17 and younger will not be counted in the visitor number. 

If you have visiting questions, please call the Ombudsman Visitation Hotline at (936) 437-4927 or toll free at (844) 476-1289. 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 C.A. Holliday Transfer Facility, 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 C.A. Holliday Transfer Facility 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.

Physical Address

C.A. Holliday Transfer Facility
295 IH-45 North
Huntsville, TX 77320-8443

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/TfStXbCexTYmueyq8

General Phone Number

(936) 295-8200 (**092)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
C.A. Holliday Transfer Facility
295 IH-45 North
Huntsville, TX 77320-8443

Newspapers, magazines, and books must be mailed directly to offenders only 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 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

Inmates at C.A. Holliday Transfer Facility 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 C.A. Holliday Transfer Facility.


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

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. 


1. Visit www.AccessCorrections.com 

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

Programs For Inmates

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

Additional Programs/Services: Adult Education Program (upon availability), Peer Education, 

Reentry Planning, Chaplaincy Services, Community Tours, GO KIDS Initiative

Community Work Projects: Services provided to city and county agencies.

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


Changing Habits and Achieving New Goals to Empower Success (CHANGES) is a 60-day course, offered three hours per day during the week through the Criminal Justice Department’s Wyndham School. It is available to anyone within 24 months of release from the system. The course seeks to help inmates improve interpersonal relationships, coping skills and personal development.

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