Marlin Transfer Facility

The Marlin Transfer Facility (aka Marlin Unit) is a prison for female transient inmates that is located in Marlin, Texas. This facility can house a maximum of 606 inmates and is operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Transients are inmates who are being transferred to a permanent facility or to a pre-release facility. Because Marlin is a transfer facility, most inmates are only housed here for a short amount of time.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Marlin Transfer Facility visiting hours are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Contact visits with limited physical contact between eligible offenders and their visitors is 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. Most visiting periods last for about two hours, and each inmate is allowed one visit per weekend. 

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 Marlin Transfer Facility, you must fill out an application and get approval from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Click on the visiting application and instructions below to get started.

When checking in for a visit, be prepared to provide the following information at the unit security checkpoint:

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

What can you bring to a visit?

A photo ID is required for all visitors 18 years of age and older. Everything must be kept in your vehicle except your ID and: 

  • $25 cash (in coins) for the vending machines
  • 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.

Visitors are allowed to purchase soft drinks and snacks from vending machines for offenders during general and contact visits, but the items must be consumed during the visit.  

Dress Code

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

  • 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

Marlin Transfer Facility
2893 State Hwy 6
Marlin, TX 76661-6588

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General Phone Number

(254) 883-3858 (**064)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Marlin Transfer Facility
2893 State Hwy 6
Marlin, TX 76661-6588

All envelopes must be properly addressed (see above) or the mail will be rejected. You must also include your name and return address on the envelope.


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

The inmates at Marlin Transfer 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 Marlin Transfer Facility. Remember, you will need their inmate ID number.


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. During, October through December, the holiday spend limit is $85.

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


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


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

Programs For Inmates

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

Additional Programs/Services: Faith Based Dormitory, Reentry Planning, Chaplaincy Services, GO KIDS Initiative

Volunteer Initiatives: Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities

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Careers at Marlin Transfer Facility

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