John Montford Unit

The John Montford Unit is a psychiatric facility for male inmates in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. This prison is located in Lubbock, Texas, and houses inmates who require mental health treatment and medical treatment. It can house approximately 550 inmates in the main unit, 94 inmates at the medical facility, and 400 inmates at the Trusty Camp. 

The John Montford Unit has a Unit Garden and participates in the Unit Food Bank Garden Program. It also has a Special Needs Kitchen to prepare food for inmates with special needs. 

The medical capabilities at the John Montford Unit include ambulatory medical, dental, and mental health services. Medical care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Unit has 50 skilled nursing beds, which includes six respiratory isolation rooms and 44 long-term care beds, for a total of 94 infirmary beds. 

There is also a 30-bed holding area available and an additional 550 in-patient mental health beds. The Montford Unit is also a Type I Geriatric Facility. There is an on-site surgical suite, dialysis facility, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, chronic care clinic, and brace and limb services.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at John Montford Unit 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 John Montford 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.

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 John Montford 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. 
For a complete list of the visiting rules, click here.

Physical Address

John Montford Unit
8602 Peach Street
Lubbock, TX 79404

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General Phone Number

(806) 745-1021 (**090)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
John Montford Unit
8602 Peach Street
Lubbock, TX 79404


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 John Montford 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 John Montford Unit, both online and through snail mail. Remember, you will need their inmate ID number to send money. Do not mail money (cash, check, or money order) directly to your inmate! 


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’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 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

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

Community Work Projects: Services provided to city agencies, the area food bank, local organizations, the Texas Department of Transportation, and Texas Parks and Wildlife.

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

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Careers at John Montford Unit

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