Lockhart Correctional Facility

The Lockhart Correctional Facility (AKA the Lockhart Work Program) is a private prison that runs a prison work program in Lockhart, Texas. This prison is operated by the Management & Training Corporation (MTC) and can house a maximum of 500 female and 500 male inmates. The Lockhart Correctional Facility is part of the Prison Industry Enhancement (PIE) Certification Program

Congress created the PIE Certification Program in 1979 to encourage states and units of local government to establish employment opportunities for offenders through partnerships with private companies. These companies establish themselves on a unit, employ offenders who volunteer for the program, and pay those offenders’ wages for their work. 

From these wages, deductions are taken to help pay for offenders’ room and board while in the program, for dependent support, restitution, and a contribution to the crime victims fund. About 45 percent of the wages, however, are retained by the offender for use upon release, or for sending home to relieve their family’s financial burden.

In Texas, the PIE Certification Program began with the opening of the Lockhart Work Program Facility in February 1993. At that time, the program was under the oversight of the TDCJ Pardons and Paroles Division, which had statutory authority to enter into a contractual agreement with a county for a 500-bed facility. 

In 1995, the Texas Legislature created the Private Sector Prison Industries Oversight Authority to approve, certify, and oversee the operations of the private sector industries programs in TDCJ, the Texas Youth Commission, and in county correctional facilities in compliance with the federal PIE Certification Program.

In an effort to expand, the Lockhart program and the TDCJ PIE Certification Program were moved under the oversight of the TDCJ Manufacturing and Logistics Division in 2000. Today, it has grown from a small program at one private facility to a program that now operates on four TDCJ units, as well as one private facility employing an average of 446 offenders on a monthly basis.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at the Lockhart Correctional Facility are between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 

A maximum of two adults (18+) are allowed to visit. Minor children are not counted in the visiting number. A visiting period lasts for about two hours and each inmate is allowed one visit per weekend. Contact visits are allowed for eligible offenders when visiting with immediate family.

If you have any 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

Before you can visit an inmate at Lockhart Correctional Facility, you must fill out an application and get approved by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Click on the visiting application and instructions below to get started.

Dress Code

The dress code at Lockhart Correctional Facility is strictly enforced. If you are not dressed appropriately, your visit will be denied.

  • Sandals, flip-flops, and open-toe shoes are allowed.
  • Clothing that is tight fitting, revealing, or made with see-through fabrics is 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. 

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

What can you bring to a visit?

You will be subject to a search when you visit an inmate, and you will be screened by a metal detector prior to entering the visitation area. A photo ID is required for all visitors 18 years of age and older. All other items must be kept in your vehicle except: 

  • 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, baby wipes, and two baby bottles (“sippy” cup for toddlers). These items must be stored in a clear plastic bag.

Physical Address

Lockhart Correctional Facility
1400 Industrial Blvd
Lockhart, TX 78644

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/wez99iXgkoSzQLH29

General Phone Number

(512) 398-3480 (**109)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Lockhart Correctional Facility
1400 Industrial Blvd
Lockhart, TX 78644

All inmate mail must include the inmate's name and number. Inmates can have newspapers, magazines, and books, but you can't mail them directly. They must be mailed by the publisher, publication supplier, or bookstore. 


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

How to Call an Inmate

The inmates at Lockhart Correctional Facility can't receive incoming calls, 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 the Lockhart Correctional Facility. Remember, you will need their inmate ID number to put money on an inmate's books.


You can send money to an inmate or make purchases for them from the prison commissary using ECOMMDIRECT. 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 make purchases for eligible offenders up to $60 each quarter. The holiday spend limit is $85 for the fourth quarter of October to December.

You can choose from nearly 100 of the top selling items and purchase them for your inmate instead of sending cash. Items include snacks, hygiene products, and correspondence supplies. 


You must make them 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


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

Programs For Inmates

Educational Programs: Adult Basic Education, Pre-GED, GED, Life Skills, Big Book Class, Goodwill High School Diploma Program, English as a Second Language

College Classes: University of Texas (Math, English, Sociology, College Readiness) and Austin Community College (Certified Production Technician)

Vocational Programs: Computer Operating Systems Technology; Business Computer Information Systems, Printing and Imaging, Culinary Arts, Open Office, Business Information Management

Additional Programs/Services: Faith Based Dormitory, Adult Education Program (upon availability), PAWS in Prison, Chaplaincy Services, PEP (Prison Entrepreneurship Program)

Substance Abuse: Alcoholics Anonymous, DWI, IPTC, Narcotics Anonymous, Changes III, 7th Hour Life Skills

Community Work Projects: Services provided to city and county agencies and local organizations.

Volunteer Initiatives: Literacy/Education, Employment/Job Skills, Substance Abuse Education, Life Skills, Parent Training, Support Groups, Victims Awareness, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities, Truth Be Told, Healing Trauma, Inner Circle, Mediation, SOS Class, Toastmasters, Winner's Circle, Wall Talk Religious Services, Bridges to Life, God of Hope, KAIROS.

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Careers at Lockhart Correctional Facility

If you are interested in a career with the Management and Training Corporation and would like more information about available jobs at Lockhart Correctional Facility, click here.