John B. Connally Unit

The John B. Connally Unit is a maximum-security state prison for male inmates located in Kenedy, Texas. It is operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. This facility can house a maximum of 2,148 inmates in the G1-G5 custody levels.

The Connally Unit gained notoriety in December 2000 when seven inmates escaped. Known as the Texas Seven, they caused the death of Irving police officer Aubrey Hawkins during a robbery.

One of the Texas Seven committed suicide while on the run. The others were recaptured, tried, and convicted of the Hawkins murder. All were sentenced to death.

  • Joseph C. Garcia (executed December 4, 2018)
  • Randy Ethan Halprin
  • Larry James Harper (committed suicide while on the run)
  • Patrick Henry Murphy, Jr.
  • Donald Keith Newbury (executed February 2, 2015)
  • George Rivas (ringleader, executed February 29, 2012)
  • Michael Anthony Rodriguez (declined appeals beyond mandatory, executed August 14, 2008)

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at the John B. Connally Unit are on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

If you have any questions about visitation, please call the Ombudsman Visitation Hotline at (936) 437-4927 or toll free at (844) 476-1289. The hotline is open Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Visiting Applications

You must submit a visiting application and get approval from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice before visiting an inmate at John B. Connally Unit. The visiting application and instructions can be found below.

Dress Code

All visitors must follow the dress code. 

  • Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times
  • Shirts and blouses of fishnet, transparent material are not 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, and long pants are allowed. Exceptions for pre-adolescent boys and girls may be made. If a dress, pants, skirt, or any attire appears to be inappropriate, the duty warden shall be contacted for a decision.
  • Hats may be worn, but will be searched. 
  • Visitors are not permitted to wear all white. 
  • Clothing marked by words or pictures considered profane or offensive by current public standards will not be allowed. 

For a complete list of the visiting rules click here.

Permissible Items

Items allowed in the visiting room include a small wallet or change purse containing no more than $25.00 in coins. Visitors may only purchase items from vending machines in the visitation area to be consumed by offenders during the visit. 

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

Visitor Checklist

  • Confirm the offender is assigned to the unit you are planning to visit, has visitation privileges and that you are on the Visitors List.  
  • Bring valid identification (ID).  
  • Call prior to leaving. If you have made special arrangements with the unit, ensure that plans for your visit have been made and are in place.  
  • Check clothing for compliance with visiting rules and regulations. If you are bringing a child and you are not the legal guardian or parent, you MUST have the notarized statement from the child’s legal guardian or parent with you. A copy is located on the TDCJ website, unce_notice_to_offender_visitors.html.  
  • Before leaving home, check your vehicle for contraband and/or hazardous items. This includes, but is not limited to, implements of escape, drug paraphernalia, illegal narcotics, intoxicants, poisons, any items that pose a danger to others, weapons, knives, scissors, firearms, and any item used to show a gang affiliation. Remove these items before entering the correctional facility grounds.  
  • Arrive on the designated day during proper visiting hours.  
  • Do not have any contraband on you when you enter the facility. Leave purses, food items, diaper bags, briefcases, cameras, baby strollers, toys, dolls, photographs, tobacco, lighters, matches, cell phones, pagers, or any other type of electronic/wireless devices in your vehicle. Be sure to secure (lock) your vehicle.  
  • Do not leave minor children waiting in the car while you visit, or your visit will be terminated.  Remember to treat correctional staff with respect.  
  • Do not bring anything to the visiting room to give to the offender. Offenders are not permitted to take anything from the visiting area or receive any item from visitors.  
  • Ensure that you have NO paper money on you. A maximum of $25 in coins is allowed.

Physical Address

John B. Connally Unit
899 FM 632
Kenedy, TX 78119

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(830) 583-4003 (**068)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
John B. Connally Unit
899 FM 632
Kenedy, TX 78119


Inmates can receive incoming eMessages through JPAY. You can register at

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at John B. Connally 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

You can send money to your inmate at John B. Connally Unit through JPay. They provide several different ways to put cash on an inmate's books.


To send money online with a credit or debit card, click here. It's the quickest and easiest way to send money.


Call (800) 574-5729 to speak with a live agent 24/7. You can use a credit or debit card.

Walk-In Cash

To send money using cash, visit any MoneyGram agent location and use receive code 6188. Click here to get a list of nearby MoneyGram locations.

Money Orders

All money orders must be sent with a deposit slip to:

P.O. Box 279010
Miramar, FL 33027

Money order deposits slips are available in English and Spanish.

Programs For Inmates

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

Career and Technology Programs: Construction Carpentry; Electrical Trades; Piping Trades/Plumbing

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

Community Work Projects: Services provided to local organizations and Habitat for Humanity

Volunteer Initiatives: Literacy/Education, Employment/Job Skills, Substance Abuse Education, Support Groups, Mentoring, Life Skills, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities

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Careers at John B. Connally Unit

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