Ernestine Glossbrenner Unit

The Ernestine Glossbrenner Unit is a prison for male inmates located in San Diego, Texas. This is a Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The Glossbrenner Unit can house a maximum of 612 substance abuse offenders.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at the Ernestine Glossbrenner Unit are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Each inmate is allowed one visit each weekend. A maximum of two (2) adults, ages 18 and older, are allowed at the visit. Children ages 17 and younger may visit without being counted in the visitor number. 

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

Visiting Applications

You must get approved by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to visit an inmate at Ernestine Glossbrenner Unit. Click on the visiting application and instructions below to get started.

Dress Code

The Ernestine Glossbrenner Unit has a conservative dress code that is strictly enforced.

  • Sandals, flip-flops, and open-toe shoes are allowed
  • Clothing that is tight fitting, revealing, or made with see-through fabrics is prohibited
  • 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, or long pants are allowed
  • Length is not restricted for pre-adolescent boys and girls, generally ages 10 and younger
  • Clothing with pictures or language that may be considered profane or offensive by current public standards is prohibited

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.

Visitor Identification: For visitors 18 years of age and older, a pictured government identification (ID) is required. All other items must be kept in your vehicle. Visitors are not allowed to bring any electronic devices into the visiting room.

Physical Address

Ernestine Glossbrenner Unit
5100 South FM 1329
San Diego, TX 78384

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(361) 279-2705 (**088)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Ernestine Glossbrenner Unit
5100 South FM 1329
San Diego, TX 78384


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

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Ernestine Glossbrenner 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 Ernestine Glossbrenner Unit are:


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.

JPAY allows you to send money to an offender for a service fee. Visit their website at or call 1.800.574.5729 to send funds using Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card. 

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


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

Programs For Inmates

Because Glossbrenner Unit is a substance abuse treatment facility, no educational programs are offered.

Other programs available: Chaplaincy Services and the GO KIDS Initiative

Volunteer Initiatives: Substance Abuse Education, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities

FanDirect Purchase Program

The Commissary and Trust Fund Department has a FanDirect Purchase program for friends and family to purchase fans for eligible offenders who are housed at the Ernestine Glossbrenner Unit.

The cost is $20.00 per fan. A money order or a cashier’s check are the only accepted forms of payment. Money orders/cashier’s checks are to be made payable to: TDCJ – Commissary & Trust Fund.

To order a fan through the FanDirect Program, print the FanDirect Order form, fill it out completely, and return the form and your money order or cashier’s check to:

TDCJ-Commissary & Trust Fund
ATTN: FanDirect Program
PO Box 629
Huntsville, TX 77342-0629

The fan will be delivered to the eligible offender within 10 business days from the date the completed FanDirect order form and money order or cashier’s check are received at the Commissary and Trust Fund Department.

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Careers at Ernestine Glossbrenner Unit

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