Nathaniel J. Neal Unit

The Nathaniel J. Neal Unit is a mixed-custody prison for male inmates that is located in Amarillo, Texas. This facility can house a maximum of 1,732 inmates and is operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. 

Agricultural operations at the facility include a beef processing plant and the Unit Garden. 

The Neal Unit features the state's Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP). It consists of an eighteen-month intensive treatment program in a therapeutic community environment that gives offenders immediate feedback about their behavior and treatment progress (SOTP-18) and a nine-month moderate intensity program to assist sex offenders determined to pose a higher and more moderate re-offense risk respectively (SOTP-9). 

The programs involve three treatment phases employing a cognitive-behavioral model. The primary goal of the programs is to reduce the rate of re-offense and move the participants toward a more pro-social lifestyle.

Program Objectives:

  • To reduce the potential for further deviant behavior
  • To offer a comprehensive treatment program that addresses motivation, psychosocial education, psychological evaluation, and sex offender treatment and relapse prevention training for the population of sex offenders residing in TDCJ
  • To provide a highly structured but individually focused treatment plan for each participant in the SOTP based on the identified needs of each offender
  • To identify and target for change the cognitive and behavioral patterns which have resulted in sexual offending
  • To encourage each participant to accept responsibility for all of their deviant offenses and demonstrate empathy for the victims of their offense
  • To carefully monitor and record the progress of each individual through the various phases of the program
  • To provide for a continuum of care that reaches across all phases of the SOTP and continues in the community after the offender is released from TDCJ

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours for General Population and Administrative Segregation inmates at Neal Unit are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visits with Death Row inmates are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesdays from 8:00 am to noon, and Saturdays from 5:30 pm to 9:30 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 Neal 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. 

Dress Code

The dress code at Neal 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. 

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.

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

Physical Address

Neal Unit
9055 Spur 591
Amarillo, TX 79107-9696

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(806) 383-1175 (**070)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Neal Unit
9055 Spur 591
Amarillo, TX 79107-9696


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 Neal 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 Neal Unit, both online and through snail mail. Remember, you will need their inmate ID number to send money. 


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. 


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

Career and Technology Programs: Construction Carpentry; Culinary Arts; Electrical Trades

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

Community Work Projects: Services provided to city and county agencies and the Texas Department of Transportation.

Volunteer Initiatives: Substance Abuse Education, Support Groups, Mentoring, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities

Special Treatment Programs:Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP)

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Careers at Nathaniel J. Neal Unit

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