Ellen Halbert Unit

The Ellen Halbert Unit is a substance abuse felony punishment facility (SAFPF) for female offenders that is located in Burnet, Texas. It is managed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. This Unit can house a maximum of 612 inmates. Offenders are sentenced to a SAFPF by a judge as a condition of community supervision in lieu of prison/state jail, or voted in by the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP) BPP as a modification of parole.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at the Ellen Halbert Unit are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Each inmate is allowed one visit each weekend. No more than two (2) adults, ages 18 and older, are allowed at the visit. Children ages 17 and younger can visit and will not be counted in the visiting number. A regular visiting period is two (2) hours in duration and begins when the offender is seated.

If you have questions about visitation, 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

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice must approve your application before you visit an inmate at Ellen Halbert Unit. Click on the visiting application and instructions below to get started.

Dress Code

The Ellen Halbert Unit has a conservative dress code that is strictly enforced.

  • 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. 

A paper gown will be made available for visitors who do not meet the dress code. For a complete list of the visiting rules, click here.

What can you bring to a visit?

The only items allowed inside the visiting room are:

  • 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.

A photo ID is required for visitors 18 years of age and older. All other items must be kept in your vehicle. No electronic devices are allowed in the visiting room.

Physical Address

Ellen Halbert Unit
800 Ellen Halbert Drive
Burnet, TX 78611

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/vWkuvhgASdBqY9ef7

General Phone Number

(512) 756-6171 (**084)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Ellen Halbert Unit
800 Ellen Halbert Drive
Burnet, TX 78611

Unauthorized materials or contraband found in mail addressed to offenders will be rejected. Newspapers, magazines, and books may be mailed directly to offenders only by the publisher, publication supplier, or bookstore.


Offenders can receive incoming eMessages. To register, please contact JPAY at 1-866-333- 5729 or www.jpay.com on the web.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Ellen Halbert 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

The easiest ways to send money to an inmate at Ellen Halbert Unit are:

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 


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

Special Treatment Programs: Special Needs Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF); In-Prison Therapeutic Community (IPTC); Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Recovery Program

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

Community Work Projects: Services provided to city and county agencies, local school districts, and Texas Parks and Wildlife.

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

Substance Use Treatment Program

It is the mission of the Substance Use Treatment Program to provide evidence-based substance use treatment services appropriate to the needs of individual offenders to facilitate positive change; and to provide accountability for programming utilizing assessment tools developed specifically for this population, all of which leads to reducing recidivism and improving public safety.

The Ellen Halbert Unit – A Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF) / In-Prison Therapeutic Community (IPTC) –  provides services to qualified offenders identified as needing substance use treatment. Both are six-month in-prison treatment programs followed by up to three months of residential aftercare in a transitional treatment center (TTC), six to nine months of outpatient aftercare and up to 12 months of support groups and follow-up supervision.

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Careers at Ellen Halbert Unit

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