Joe F. Gurney Transfer Facility

The Joe F Gurney Transfer Facility is a mixed-custody prison for male inmates that is located in Palestine, Texas. This prison can house a maximum of 2,128 inmates, security level G1-G3 and transient.

This facility sits on nearly 21,000 acres and has a number of Agricultural Operations. These include Feedmill and Grain Storage, Farm Shop, Cow/Calf Operation, Poultry Laying Operation, Swine Farrowing/ Nursery/Finishing Operations, Pork Processing Plant, Security Horses, Security Pack Canines, Edible and Field Crops, and Unit Garden.

Additional operations at Joe F. Gurney Transfer Facility are: Offender Intake/Receiving; Substance abuse screening and assessment; UTMB Department of Education and Professional Development (DEPD) Training; Pre-Service, In-Service, and Specialized Training.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The Joe F Gurney Transfer Facility visiting hours are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Each inmate is allowed one visit each weekend. No more than two (2) adults, ages 18 and older, are allowed at the visit. Children ages 17 and younger can visit and will not be counted in the visiting number. A regular visiting period is two (2) hours in duration 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. The hotline is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Visiting Applications

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice must approve your application before you visit an inmate at Joe F Gurney Transfer Facility. Click on the visiting application and instructions below to get started.

Dress Code

The Joe F Gurney Transfer Facility has a conservative dress code that is strictly enforced.

  • 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, 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 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 shall not be allowed. 

A paper gown will be made available for visitors who do not meet the dress code. 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.

A photo ID is required for visitors 18 years of age and older. All other items must be kept in your vehicle. Visitors are not allowed to bring any electronic devices into the visiting room.

Physical Address

Joe F Gurney Transfer Facility
1385 FM 3328
Palestine, TX 75803

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General Phone Number

(903) 928-3118 (**094)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Joe F Gurney Transfer Facility
1385 FM 3328
Palestine, TX 75803

Newspapers, magazines, and books may be mailed directly to offenders only by the publisher, publication supplier, or bookstore.


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 Joe F Gurney Transfer Facility, 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 Joe F Gurney Transfer Facility are:

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. 


1. Visit 

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


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), CHANGES/Pre-Release, Cognitive Intervention
  • Additional Programs/Services: Adult Education Program (upon availability), Chaplaincy Services, GO KIDS Initiative
  • Community Work Projects: Services provided to city agencies and area school districts.
  • Volunteer Initiatives: Substance Abuse Education, Support Groups, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities

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Careers at Joe F. Gurney Transfer Facility

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