Ferguson Unit

The Jim Ferguson Unit is a multi-custody prison for male inmates that is located in Midway, Texas. This facility opened in 1962 and is managed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. 

The maximum capacity of the Ferguson Unit is 2,100 inmates, plus 321 more at the Trusty Camp. Ferguson Unit houses inmates in the G1-G4 security levels, as well as Administrative Segregation, Outside Trusty, and Transient.

Ferguson Unit sits on 4,355 acres. Agricultural operations include Edible and Field Crops, Farm Shop, Bull Management Center, Swine Farrowing/Nursery/Finishing Operations, Security Horses, and Security Pack Canines.

Manufacturing and Logistics Operations on camp include a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Facility and a Mop and Broom Factory.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at the Ferguson Unit for the General Population are on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visitation with inmates in the expansion cellblock are Mondays and Fridays by appointment only.

Each inmate is allowed one visit per weekend with a maximum of two (2) adults, ages 18 and older. 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

Before you can visit an inmate at Ferguson Unit, you must submit a visiting application and get approval from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The visiting application and instructions are below.

Visiting Checklist

Each offender is only allowed one visit per weekend. To the extent possible, individuals on an offender’s Visitors List should coordinate with one another and with the offender to prevent subsequent visitors from being declined when they arrive at the unit.

For more detailed information about visitation, please refer to the following resource documents:

General Information Guide for Families of Offenders, (English/Español) - PDF

Offender Rules and Regulations for Visitation (English/Español) - PDF

Physical Address

Ferguson Unit
12120 Savage Drive
Midway, TX 75852

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/rt79yeQbJrV7XeBTA

General Phone Number

(936) 348-3751 (**011)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Ferguson Unit
12120 Savage Drive
Midway, TX 75852


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 Ferguson 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 most popular ways to send money to an inmate at Ferguson 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. 


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

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

Career and Technology Programs: Culinary Arts; Electrical Trades; Mill & Cabinetmaking; Small Engine Repair; Welding; Diversified Career Preparation - Food Services

Lee College Vocational: Data Processing; Cabinet Making

Additional Programs/Services: Faith Based Dormitory, Adult Education Program (upon availability), Peer Education, Reentry Planning, Chaplaincy Services, GO KIDS Initiative

Community Work Projects: Services provided to city and county agencies and the local school district.

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

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Careers at Ferguson Unit

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