Hilltop Unit

The Hilltop Unit is a medium-security prison for female inmates that is located in Gatesville, Texas. This facility is managed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and can house a maximum of 341 inmates at the main unit plus 212 at the trusty camp. This facility houses inmates at the G1-G3 custody level, outside trusty, and youthful offenders.

Hilltop Unit sits on 1,300 acres and has agricultural operations that include Edible and Field Crops, Farm Shop, Regional Pest Control, Security Horses, Security Pack Canines, and Swine Finishing Operation. There is also a Garment Factory at Hilltop Unit that employs inmates who make TDCJ uniforms.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at the Hilltop Unit are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Each inmate is allowed one visit per weekend. A maximum of two adults (18+) are allowed at the visit. Children 17 and younger will not be counted in the visitor number. A regular visiting period ;asts two hours 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 anytime between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Visiting Applications

Before you can visit an inmate at the Hilltop Unit, 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 Hilltop Unit is strictly enforced.

  • 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 inches above the middle of the knee while standing, capri pants or long pants are allowed. 
  • Clothing with pictures or language that may be considered profane or offensive is not allowed. 
  • Sandals, flip-flops, and open-toe shoes are allowed.

For a complete list of the visiting rules, click here.

What can you bring to a visit?

All visitors 18 years of age and older must have a photo ID. 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

Hilltop Unit
1500 State School Road
Gatesville, TX 76598-2996

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/9iiD1q1XWVRA3cUZ7

General Phone Number

(254) 865-8901 (**031)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Hilltop Unit
1500 State School Road
Gatesville, TX 76598-2996


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

You can't call an inmate at Hilltop 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 Hilltop 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.

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), Special Education, Title I, CHANGES/Pre-Release, Cognitive Intervention, Parenting Seminar

Career and Technology Programs: Business Image Management and Multimedia; Diversified Career Preparation - Food Services

Central Texas College Academic / Texas A&M (Central Texas) University Academic

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

Volunteer Initiatives: Substance Abuse Education, Literacy/Education, Life Skills, Parent Training, Support Groups, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, Truth Be Told, Women's Storybook Project

Special Treatment Programs: COURAGE Program for Youthful Offenders; Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP); Sex Offender Education Program (SOEP)

The Sex Offender Education Program (SOEP) has a four-month curriculum to assist sex offenders determined to pose a lower re-offense risk. This curriculum covers information on a variety of topics – Healthy Sexuality, Anger and Stress Management, Interpersonal Relationships, Cognitive Restructuring.  

The Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP) has an eighteen-month intensive treatment program in a therapeutic community environment and a nine-month moderate intensity program. The primary goal of the programs is to reduce the rate of re-offense and move the participants toward a more pro-social lifestyle.

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Careers at Hilltop Unit

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