J.B. Wheeler State Jail
The J.B. Wheeler State Jail – also known as the Wheeler Unit – is located in Plainview, Texas, and is managed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. This facility houses male inmates and has a maximum capacity of 576.
J.B. Wheeler State Jail
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Visiting Hours and Rules
The visiting hours at Wheeler Unit are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 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).
You must fill out an application and get approval from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice before you can visit your inmate at Wheeler Unit.
- Policy 507.01 - Visitation
- Visitation Form
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.
Before you travel to Wheeler State Jail
- Confirm the offender is assigned to the Wheeler State Jail and has visitation privileges. Offender Information Search
- Confirm the unit visitation schedule and verify that visitation has not been cancelled. An eligible offender cannot receive visitors if visitation has been cancelled. Unit wide visitation cancelations are posted on the TDCJ homepage at www.tdcj.texas.gov.
- Verify you are an approved visitor. If you are unsure, you may contact the unit for verification.
- Bring photo identification (ID). Click here for a list of appropriate photo identification.
- Check clothing for compliance (see dress code below).
- Make sure you are not bringing prohibited items on the unit. Vehicles and visitors are subject to search by unit staff. Click here for items allowed and not allowed.
- Do not bring cash (except coins, not more than $25).
- No cell phones inside the secure perimeter.
Visitors are encouraged to dress conservatively.
- Sandals, flip-flops, and open-toe shoes may be worn.
- Clothing that is tight fitting, revealing, or made with see-through fabrics shall not be 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, 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 not allowed.
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.
For a complete list of the visiting rules, click here.
986 County Road AA
Plainview, TX 79072
Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/oh6nBQoXtQPBR8ud6
General Phone Number
(806) 293-1081 (**087)
Inmate Mailing Address(es)
Inmate Name/DOC Number
986 County Road AA
Plainview, TX 79072
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 Wheeler Unit can receive eMessages from friends and family 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 Wheeler Unit, but they do have access to phones during certain hours. The Offender Telephone System (OTS) allows eligible offenders to make telephone calls to individuals listed on the offender’s approved calling list. 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 Wheeler Unit, 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 www.jpay.com or call 1.800.574.5729 to send funds using Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card.
ACCESS CORRECTIONS – SECURE DEPOSITS
- Visit www.AccessCorrections.com
- Telephone (toll-free): call 1.866.345.1884 for live bilingual agents available 24/7
MONEY ORDERS or CASHIER’S CHECKS
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
Educational Programs: Literacy (Adult Basic Education/GED), CHANGES/Pre-Release, Cognitive Intervention
Career and Technology Programs: Business Computer Information Systems I
Additional Programs/Services: Adult Education Program (upon availability), Reentry Planning, Chaplaincy Services, GO KIDS Initiative
Community Work Projects: Services provided to city and county agencies, local organizations, and Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Volunteer Initiatives: Employment/Job Skills, Support Groups, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities
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Careers at J.B. Wheeler State Jail
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is currently hiring at all levels of the agency. If you are interested in a career with the TDCJ and would like to see the job listings at Wheeler Unit, click here.TDCJ offers competitive pay and fantastic benefits. There is a dangerously low staff shortage in the TDCJ. They are offering a $5,000 hiring bonus for correctional officers at many units across Texas. That bonus is also available to several maintenance supervisor roles in many locations statewide.