O.L. Luther Unit

The c is a prison for males inmates located in Navasota, Texas. This facility can house a maximum of 1,102 inmates at the main unit and an additional 214 inmates at the Trusty Camp. The Luther Unit is managed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The Luther Unit sits on 7,000 acres (along with Pack Unit) and the agricultural operations include: Cow/Calf Operation, Edible and Field Crops, Farm Shop, Security Horses, Security Pack Canines, Swine Finishing Operation, Grain Storage, and Buffalo Ranch (11,002 acres).

There is also a Stainless Steel Plant that employs inmates from the Luther Unit.

Prison Insights

O.L. Luther Unit

Go back

What Do Inmate Families Think?

Go back

What Do Former Inmates Think?

Go back

What Do Employees Think?

Go back
Sorry, there are no insights for this section of the facility yet.
Overall Score = /10
Total Respondents =

Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at the Luther Unit are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Two adults (18+) are allowed to visit an inmate. Minor children are not counted in the visiting number. A visiting period lasts for about two hours and each inmate may have one visit per weekend. 

Limited physical contact between eligible offenders and their visitors may be allowed if the visitors are 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 Luther Unit, 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.

What can you bring to a visit?

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

  • $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.

Dress Code

The dress code at Luther Unit 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

Luther Unit
1800 Luther Drive
Navasota, TX 77868

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/5YizA1EWvZ4R1CDdA

General Phone Number

(936) 825-7547 (**029)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Luther Unit
1800 Luther Drive
Navasota, TX 77868

All letters sent to offenders must include the offender’s name, TDCJ number, and unit address. 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 Luther Unit 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 Luther Unit. 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. To send money 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 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. 


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 

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

Career and Technology Programs: Automotive Specialization (Brakes); Electrical Trades; Welding

Lee College Vocational: Welding; Advanced Welding

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

Community Work Projects: Services provided to local organizations.

Volunteer Initiatives: Substance Abuse Education, Support Groups, Life Skills, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities, Administrative Segregation Outreach Program

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


Windham School District (WSD) provides a variety of academic classes, life skills, and career and technology education classes for offenders who are confined in units operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. 

Offenders are selected for enrollment in WSD programs based on the Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP) process. The ITP outlines programmatic activities and prioritizes participation in recommended programs based on the offender’s needs, program availability, and projected release date. 

The Literacy Program provides adult basic education for offenders functioning below the sixth grade level, and secondary level adult education for those who are working toward attainment of a high school equivalency (GED) certificate. 

Based on individual achievement, students are assigned to beginning (Literacy I), intermediate (Literacy II), or advanced (Literacy III) level classes. Students needing help with basic reading skills may be enrolled in Literacy I–Reading. 

Literacy teachers use an interdisciplinary approach to promote workplace competencies and learning in real-world contexts. Emphasis is placed on the skills employers demand, such as personal qualities, cultural sensitivity/tolerance, teamwork, decision-making, and problem solving. 

Changing Habits and Achieving New Goals to Empower Success (CHANGES), offers a life skills curriculum to prepare offenders for release. CHANGES includes lessons targeting personal development, healthy relationships, living responsibly, drug education, health, putting together a new start, and going home.

Pictures of O.L. Luther Unit

Careers at O.L. Luther Unit

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