Joe Ney Unit

The Joe Ney Unit is a prison for male inmates that is located in Hondo, Texas. Formerly known as Ney State Jail, this Unit houses inmates in the G1 and G2 custody levels and is operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. This facility can house a maximum of 576 inmates.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours for inmates at Ney Unit are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. You can expect your visiting period to last for about two hours, and each inmate is allowed one visit per weekend. Contact visits are allowed if the visitors are immediate family.

Two adults (18+) are allowed to visit an inmate at one time. Minor children are not counted in the visiting number. 

The Ney Unit has a designated Family Liaison Officer, usually the duty warden, to assist offenders’ immediate family members and other persons during visits with offenders and give assistance in resolving problems that may affect permitted contact with offenders. 

The duty warden has the ultimate responsibility for resolving any visitation problem. Other employees and TDCJ approved volunteers shall assist the duty warden in providing assistance to visitors. The volunteer may be able to offer general information regarding unit operations and rules for visitors. 

Visiting Applications

Before you can visit an inmate at Ney Unit, you must fill out an application and get approval from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. To get the process started, click on the visiting application and instructions below.

Call the Ombudsman Visitation Hotline at (936) 437-4927 or toll free at (844) 476-1289 if you have any questions about visitation. The hotline is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 

What can you bring to a visit?

When checking in for a visit, the officer at the unit security checkpoint will ask you for the following information:

  • Your inmate's name and TDCJ number
  • Your relationship to the offender
  • Your current physical address and phone number

All adult visitors must have a valid photo ID. Keep everything in your vehicle except your ID and $25 cash (in coins) for the vending machines. You are allowed to carry the coins in 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.

Visitor Identification: Visitors ages 18 and older must have a pictured and signed identification card of one of the following: valid state driver license, state Department of Public Safety (DPS) ID card, Armed Forces ID card, passport, or ID card issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) such as, Visa Border Crossing ID Card (USA B1/B2 Visa BCC). 

If an identification document other than a passport is used, the identification document must contain a current physical address. 

Children 17 years of age and younger may be required to provide an ID such as, a birth certificate, ID card, or student ID card.

For a complete list of the visiting rules, click here

Dress Code

The dress code at Ney Unit is strictly enforced. Your visit will be denied if you are not dressed appropriately.

  • 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.

Physical Address

Ney Unit
114 Private Road 4303
Hondo, TX 78861-3812

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General Phone Number

(830) 426-8030 (**085)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Ney Unit
114 Private Road 4303
Hondo, TX 78861-3812


You can send your inmate eMessages through JPAY. To register, please contact JPAY at 1-866-333- 5729 or visit on the web.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Ney 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

There are a number of ways to send money to an inmate at Ney Unit, both online and through snail mail. Remember, you will need their inmate ID number to send money. 


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 the offender's 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. From October through December, the holiday spend limit is $85.

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. 


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


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

Additional Programs/Services: Faith Based Dormitory, Adult Education Program (upon availability), 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, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities

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Careers at Joe Ney Unit

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