John Middleton Transfer Facility

The John Middleton Transfer Facility is a mixed-custody prison for male transient inmates that is located in Abilene, Texas. This facility is operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and can house a maximum of 2,128 inmates. 

Transient inmates are those who are being transferred to a permanent facility after sentencing and those who are being released from the TDCJ system. Because it is a transfer facility, most inmates are housed at Middleton for a short period of time.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at Middleton Transfer Facility are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Most visiting periods 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. 

Visiting Applications

Before you can visit an inmate at Middleton Transfer Facility, 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.

Since the approval process can take about 30 days, your inmate might not be at Middleton Transfer Facility long enough for you to have your visit. However, your approval from the TDCJ applies to all units throughout Texas. This means that once you gain approval to visit your inmate, you can visit them at whatever facility they are housed in.

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:

  • Name and TDCJ number of the offender you are visiting
  • Your relationship to the offender
  • Your current physical address and phone number

A photo ID is required for all adult visitors. Everything must be kept 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.

You can purchase soft drinks and snacks from vending machines for your inmate during general and contact visits, but the items must be consumed during the visit. You can't bring in food or beverages from the outside.

Dress Code

The dress code at Middleton Transfer Facility 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. 

For a complete list of the visiting rules, click here

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.

Physical Address

Middleton Transfer Facility
13055 FM 3522
Abilene, TX 79601

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(325) 548-9075 (**093)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Middleton Transfer Facility
13055 FM 3522
Abilene, TX 79601


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 Middleton 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

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


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 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


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. 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.

Programs For Inmates

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

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

Community Work Projects: Services provided to city and county agencies, local school districts, local organizations, and the Texas Department of Transportation.

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

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Careers at John Middleton Transfer Facility

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