James Lynaugh Unit

The James Lynaugh Unit is a mixed-custody prison for male inmates that is located in Fort Stockton, Texas. This facility is managed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and can house a maximum of 1,416 inmates. 

The James Lynaugh Unit sits on 1,313 acres and the agricultural operations include the Unit Garden, Security Horses, and Security Pack Canines.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at the James Lynaugh Unit are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Limited physical contact between eligible offenders and their visitors may be allowed if the visitors are immediate family.

Visits may occur on holidays, except Christmas Day, that fall on a Monday or Friday, if scheduled in advance. Arrangements to schedule these visits may not be made on any holiday.  

Two adults (18+) are allowed to visit an inmate. Minor children are not counted in the visiting number. A visiting period lasts for about two hours and each inmate may have one visit per weekend. 

If you have any 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

You must fill out an application and get approved by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice before you can visit an inmate at James Lynaugh Unit. Click on the visiting application and instructions below to get started.

When checking in for a visit, visitors must provide the following information at the unit security checkpoint:

  • Name and TDCJ number of the offender to visit
  • Visitor’s relationship to the offender
  • Visitor’s current physical address and phone number
  • Written permission from the individual or agency supervising visitors on parole or mandatory supervision, if applicable. 

What can you bring to a visit?

A photo ID is required for all visitors 18 years of age and older. Everything must be kept in your vehicle except your ID and: 

  • $25 cash (in coins) for the vending machines
  • A small wallet, clear plastic bag, or change purse

Visitors with infants or small children may bring no more than three diapers, baby wipes, and two baby bottles (“sippy” cup for toddlers). These items must be stored in a clear plastic bag.

Visitors are allowed to purchase soft drinks and snacks from vending machines for offenders during general and contact visits, but the items must be consumed during the visit.  

Contraband Items Not Allowed Inside the Secured Perimeter of a Unit

Knives, drugs, medications, food items, purses, diaper bags, briefcases, cameras, baby strollers, toys, dolls, photographs or photograph albums, paper money, tobacco, lighters, matches, cell phones, smartwatches, pagers, laptop computers, cameras, digital recorders, or any other type of electronic or wireless devices or any other non-authorized items.  

Dress Code

The dress code at James Lynaugh Unit is strictly enforced. If you are not dressed appropriately, your visit will be denied.

  • Clothing that is tight fitting, revealing, or made with see-through fabrics is prohibited.
  • Clothing with pictures or language that may be considered profane or offensive is not allowed. 
  • 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. 
  • Sandals, flip-flops, and open-toe shoes are allowed
  • Sleeveless shirts and dresses are allowed, but must cover the shoulders. 
For a complete list of the visiting rules, click here.

Physical Address

James Lynaugh Unit
1098 South Highway 2037
Fort Stockton, TX 79735

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/4oxLhVxQ3LLBnebs6

General Phone Number

(432) 395-2938 (**073)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
James Lynaugh Unit
1098 South Highway 2037
Fort Stockton, TX 79735


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

The inmates at James Lynaugh Unit can't receive incoming calls, 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

There are a number of ways to send money to an inmate at James Lynaugh Unit. Remember, you will need their inmate ID number to put money on an inmate's books.


You can send money to an inmate or make purchases for them from the prison commissary using ECOMMDIRECT. To send money 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.

Friends and family can also make purchases each quarter for eligible offenders. The maximum spend is $60, with the exception of the 4th quarter. During, October through December, the holiday spend limit is $85.

You can choose from nearly 100 top selling items and purchase them for your inmate instead of sending cash. Items include snacks, hygiene products, and correspondence supplies. 


Must be 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): call 1.866.345.1884 for live bilingual agents available 24/7

Programs For Inmates

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

Career and Technology Programs: Automotive Specialization (Air Conditioning); Piping Trades/Plumbing; Electrical Trades

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

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

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Careers at James Lynaugh Unit

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