JW Hamilton Unit

The JW Hamilton Unit is a pre-release facility for male inmates located in Bryan, Texas. It is operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and can house a maximum of 1,166 inmates. 

The Agricultural Operations at the JW Hamilton Unit include the Unit Graden, the Texas Second Chance Food Bank Program, and the Texas Fresh Approach Food Bank Program.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at the JW Hamilton Unit 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 JW Hamilton Unit. Click on the visiting application and instructions below to get started.

Dress Code

The JW Hamilton Unit 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 are prohibited.
  • 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 children ages 10 and younger. 
  • Clothing with pictures or language that may be considered profane or offensive is not 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?

A photo ID is required for visitors 18 years of age and older. All other items must be kept in your vehicle. No electronic devices are allowed in the visiting room. 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.

Physical Address

JW Hamilton Unit
200 Lee Morrison Lane
Bryan, TX 77807

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/6Ta6beB25h3Xx4reA

General Phone Number

(979) 779-1633 (**077)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
JW Hamilton Unit
200 Lee Morrison Lane
Bryan, TX 77807

Any inmate mail with unauthorized materials or contraband will be rejected. 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 www.jpay.com on the web.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at JW Hamilton 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

The easiest ways to send money to an inmate at JW Hamilton Unit are:

JPAY allows you to send money to an offender for a service fee. Visit their website at www.jpay.com or call 1.800.574.5729 to send funds using Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card. 


1. Visit www.AccessCorrections.com 

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

Special Treatment Programs: Pre-Release Therapeutic Community (PRTC)

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

Career and Technology Programs: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration; Piping Trades

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

Community Work Projects: Services provided to the area food bank and the Texas Department of Transportation.

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

The Reentry Program

The Reentry Program provides a three-phased reentry program designed to prepare offenders for a successful return to the community after release from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

  • Phase I – Identification Processing – assists eligible offenders in obtaining replacement social security card, certified birth certificate, and state identification card at time of release.
  • Phase II – Assessment and Reentry Planning – completion of risk and needs assessment with individual case planning provided to those at moderate to high risk of re-offending.
  • Phase III – Community Reentry Services – provides post-release individual case management, employment readiness training, and employment services with an emphasis on assisting the formerly incarcerated with obtaining sustainable employment.
  • Veterans Reentry Services – assist veterans in obtaining a record of military services, completion of veteran's benefits application, linkage to military peer support services and continuity of care.

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Careers at JW Hamilton Unit

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