Oliver J. Bell Unit

The Oliver J. Bell Unit (Formerly known as the Cleveland Correctional Center) is a private prison for male inmates located in Cleveland, Texas. This facility is managed by Management and Training Corporation (MTC) and can house a maximum of 520 inmates.

Nearly all of the men incarcerated at Oliver J. Bell Unit will eventually be released. It’s MTC’s responsibility to provide a wide range of educational, vocational, substance abuse, cognitive behavioral, and life skills programs to prepare these men to successfully return to their communities.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at Oliver J. Bell Unit are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Please call the Ombudsman Visitation Hotline if you have any visiting questions. The hotline is open Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at (936) 437-4927 or toll free at (844) 476-1289. This includes questions about visiting changes due to COVID-19.

Visiting Applications

Before you can visit with an inmate at Oliver J. Bell Unit, you must submit a visiting application and get approval from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The visiting application and instructions can be found below.

Dress Code

The dress code at Oliver J. Bell Unit is conservative.

  • Sandals, flip-flops, and open-toe shoes may be worn.
  • Clothing that is tight fitting, revealing, or made with see-through fabrics shall not be allowed.
  • Sleeveless shirts and dresses are allowed, but must cover the shoulders.
  • Shorts and skirts no shorter than three inches above the middle of the knee while standing, capri pants, or long pants are allowed.
  • Length is not restricted for pre-adolescent boys and girls, generally ages 10 and younger.
  • Clothing with pictures or language that may be considered profane or offensive by current public standards shall not be allowed.

For a complete list of the visiting rules click here.

Permissible Items

  • small wallet, clear plastic Ziploc® type bag, or change purse
  • coin money in an amount not to exceed $25

Visitors with infants or small children may bring no more than three (3) diapers, a supply of baby wipes and two (2) baby bottles, or a “sippy” cup for toddlers, into the unit. These items must be stored in a clear plastic bag. 

Electronics ARE NOT ALLOWED in the visiting room. This includes: cell phones, smartwatches, pagers, laptop computers, cameras, digital recorders, or any other type of electronic or wireless devices.

Physical Address

Oliver J. Bell Unit
901 East Fifth Street
Cleveland, TX 77328

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/rsNuQJfC5SinUBLM8

General Phone Number

(281) 592-9559

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Oliver J. Bell Unit
P.O. Box 1678
Cleveland, TX 77328

Remember to put the inmate's name and number on all correspondence. Newspapers, magazines, and books may be mailed directly to offenders only by the publisher, publication supplier, or bookstore.


Inmates can receive incoming eMessages through JPAY. You can register at www.jpay.com. Only incoming mail is available. The offender is not allowed to return the eMessage.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Oliver J. Bell 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

You can send money to your inmate at Oliver J. Bell Unit through JPay. They provide several different ways to put cash on an inmate's books.


To send money online with a credit or debit card, click here. It's the quickest and easiest way to send money.


Call (800) 574-5729 to speak with a live agent 24/7. You can use a credit or debit card.

Walk-In Cash

To send money using cash, visit any MoneyGram agent location and use receive code 6188. Click here to get a list of nearby MoneyGram locations.

Money Orders

All money orders must be sent with a deposit slip to:

P.O. Box 279010
Miramar, FL 33027

Money order deposits slips are available in English and Spanish.

Programs For Inmates


  • Adult Basic Education
  • Aztec Learning 
  • General Education Development/Pre-GED
  • Life Skills
  • Pre-Release Classes
  • Peer Education
  • Counseling and Pre-Employment Curriculum


  • Lee College Vocational: Micro-Computer Applications
  • NCCER Core 
  • NCCER Building Maintenance 
  • NCCER Electrical 
  • Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP)

Substance Abuse

  • Celebrate Recovery Life Skills 
  • Anger Management 
  • Changes II 
  • Conduit – Acceleron Learning 
  • Financial Peace University
  • Inside Out Dad 
  • Men of Distinction 
  • SAMHSA Anger Management 
  • Toastmasters 


  • Deliverance 
  • Experiencing God 
  • Bible Study 
  • Religious Mentors 
  • Voyager 
  • Faith-based Pod

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Careers at Oliver J. Bell Unit

To find out more information about a career with MTC and available jobs at Oliver J. Bell Unit, click here.