Carole S. Young Medical Facility

The Carole S. Young Medical Facility – aka the Young Unit – is a medium-security medical correctional facility for female inmates that is located in Dickinson, Texas. The Young Medical Facility can accommodate a maximum of 314 inmates at the main facility and 141 in the medical unit. It is operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The medical capabilities at the Young Medical Facility include ambulatory medical, dental, and mental health services. Medical care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

The Young Unit is a UTMB medical hub site and a Type I Geriatric Facility. It has an infirmary with 141 beds, of which 131 are skilled care/assisted living beds and 10 respiratory isolation rooms.There are on-site specialty clinics for prenatal and pregnancy, female hospice, dialysis, respiratory therapy, and physical therapy. 

All services are on a single level, including assisted disability services (ADS) showers, eight wheelchair accommodated beds, and CPAP accommodating housing. Medical services are closely coordinated with Hospital Galveston. Digital Medical Services (DMS) and electronic specialty clinics are also available. 

Additional operations at Young Medical Facility include a Special Needs Kitchen.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at Young Medical Facility are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visits with inmates in hospice and the critically ill are allowed visits everyday by appointment only.

All offenders in the general population are allowed one visit every weekend, normally two adults for two hours. Children under the age of 18 are not counted in this number and must be accompanied by an approved adult visitor (18 years or older). 

Visits Requiring Advance Scheduling: All arrangements to schedule visits must be made through the Warden’s office between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm at least one day, but not more than seven days, prior to the visit. 

Visitors arriving late, that is more than 15 minutes past the beginning scheduled visit time, may not be allowed to visit during any of the scheduled time. Unit administration will make every effort to accommodate late arrivals, if time and space is available 

Visiting Applications

You must fill out an application and get approval from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice before you can visit your inmate at Young Medical Facility.

If you have any questions, 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.

What can you bring to a visit?

All adult visitors must have a valid photo ID to visit an inmate. Leave everything in your vehicle except your ID and up to $25 cash (in coins) for the vending machines. You may carry the coins in a small wallet, clear plastic bag, or change purse.

Visitors with infants or small children may bring three diapers, baby wipes, and two baby bottles (“sippy” cup for toddlers). These items must be stored in a clear plastic bag.

TDCJ units are tobacco free. Visitors are not permitted to bring cigarettes, cigarette lighters, matches or any tobacco products into TDCJ units. Visits must be orderly to assure that visitors and offenders are not disturbed. 

Dress Code

Visitors must follow the dress code. Shirts and shoes must be worn. 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

Physical Address

Young Medical Facility
5509 Attwater Ave.
Dickinson, TX 77539

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General Phone Number

(409) 948-0001 (**129)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Young Medical Facility
5509 Attwater Ave.
Dickinson, TX 77539

Offenders may receive magazines, books or newspapers from the publisher or store that sells them. You can't send money, stamps, or other negotiable items in the mail to an inmate. DO NOT SEND PACKAGES. 


Inmates at Young Medical Facility can receive eMessages from friends and family through JPAY. To register, please contact JPAY at 1-866-333- 5729 or visit on the web.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Young Medical Facility, 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 Young Medical Facility, both online and through snail mail. Remember, you will need their inmate ID number


This site allows you to send money to an inmate or make purchases for them from the prison commissary. To send money, click here and enter the offender's number, name, and confirm offender. Add a deposit amount to your cart and checkout using a credit or debit card.

Friends and family can also make purchases each quarter for eligible offenders. You can choose from the top selling commissary items and purchase them for your inmate instead of sending money. Items include snacks, hygiene products, and correspondence supplies. 


Visit their website at or call 1.800.574.5729 to send funds using Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card. 



Touchpay Payment Systems provides ways to send money to an offender with service fees starting at $2.95. Call TOUCHPAY at 1-877-868-5358 or visit for additional information. MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards are accepted, as well as MoneyPak, which is a remote cash option available at retailers nationwide. 


Must be made payable to “Inmate Trust Fund for Offender Name and Number” 

  • You may obtain deposit slips by sending 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

Many programs, services, and activities are available to the offender population through volunteers, community groups, or agencies located in or near their service area. 

These vary from substance abuse fellowships, arts and crafts, bible studies, veteran groups, and many others that help the offender build appropriate life skills, healthy relationships, and assist in adjustment to the incarceration setting, and often to assist in the transition from prison, to community, to home. 

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

Additional Programs/Services: Baby Bonding Program, Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative (BAMBI), Faith Based Dormitory, Adult Education Program (upon availability), Peer Education, Chaplaincy Services, GO KIDS Initiative

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

Volunteer Initiatives: Substance Abuse Education, Life Skills, Parent Training, Support Groups, Victims Awareness, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities, Women's Storybook Project


The Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative (BAMBI) partners Young Medical Facility, other state agencies and the Santa Maria Hostel, Inc. to provide child development education and training for new offender mothers in a residential setting. The program gives eligible mothers and their newborns the opportunity to form a healthy attachment in a secure setting. 

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Careers at Carole S. Young Medical Facility

If you are interested in a career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and would like to see the job listings at Young Medical Facility, click here. The TDCJ is currently hiring at all levels of the agency. 

TDCJ offers competitive pay and benefits. There’s currently a $5,000 hiring bonus available for correctional officers at many units across the state due to staff shortages. That bonus is also available to several maintenance supervisor roles in many locations statewide.