Plane State Jail

The Plane State Jail is located in Dayton, Texas and is operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. This facility houses female inmates and has a maximum capacity of 2,276. This facility also has a 15-bed BAMBI unit located at Santa Maria. (See more info below in the "programs for inmates" section).

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours for inmates at Plane State Jail are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Bonding visits for inmates in the BAMBI program can be scheduled Monday through Friday between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

You can expect your visiting period to 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. 

The Plane State Jail has a designated Family Liaison Officer that helps immediate family members and other persons during visits with offenders. 

Before your visit, 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. 

Visiting Applications

You must fill out an application and get approval from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice before you can visit an inmate at Plane State Jail. Click on the visiting application and instructions below to get started.

What can you bring to a visit?

When checking in for a visit, you will need to provide the officer at the unit security checkpoint 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.

Visitor Identification: Visitors ages 18 and older must have a pictured and signed identification card. Children 17 years of age and younger may be required to provide an ID such as, a birth certificate, ID card, or student ID card.

For a complete list of the visiting rules, click here

Dress Code

The dress code at Plane State Jail 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.

Physical Address

Plane State Jail
904 FM 686
Dayton, TX 77535

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(936) 258-2476 (**101)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Plane State Jail
904 FM 686
Dayton, TX 77535


Inmates at Plane State Jail can receive 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 Plane State Jail, 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 Plane State Jail, both online and through snail mail. 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 the offender's number, name, and confirm offender. Add a deposit amount to your cart and checkout using a credit or debit card.

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. 


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 


Must be made payable to “Inmate Trust Fund for Offender Name and Number” 

  • You may obtain deposit slips by sending 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

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

Career and Technology Programs: Business Computer Information Systems II; Landscape Design, Construction and Maintenance; Construction Carpentry

Additional Programs/Services: Faith Based Dormitory, Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI), Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative (BAMBI), Peer Education, Wrap Around Reentry Resource Fair, 

Adult Education Program (upon availability), Reentry Planning, Chaplaincy Services, Community Tours, GO KIDS Initiative

Community Work Projects: Services provided to city and county agencies and the local school district.

Volunteer Initiatives: Literacy/Education, Employment/Job Skills, Substance Abuse Education, Life Skills, Mentoring, Arts/Crafts, Parent Training, Support Groups, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities, Post-Release Housing, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, Family Visitation Center, Women's Storybook Project

Special Treatment Programs: State Jail Substance Abuse Treatment Program, Our Roadway to Freedom

State Jail Substance Abuse Treatment Program

The State Jail Substance Abuse program is designed to accommodate the diverse characteristics and individual needs of the State Jail population. The program structure comprises two tiers and the components for both tiers include clinical groups and individual sessions, therapeutic processing, cognitive behavioral restructuring, recovery and self-help groups, DWI interventions and family services.

Roadway to Freedom Program

This program is designed to help female offenders abandon prostitution and reintegrate them into a safe and healthy community environment, with the goal of ending the self-perpetuating cycle which leads back to drug abuse and prostitution.

Introduced in 2014, the program targets female offenders with a current or past conviction for prostitution or a history of prostitution without conviction. Participants include women who self-report their involvement in the sex trade or those who have been victims of sex trafficking. 

With a capacity of 114 participants, the program accepts volunteers with 90 to 180 days remaining on their sentence at time of enrollment.

The program helps rebuild an offender's self-esteem and teaches them that they can improve themselves by making better life decisions. One program participant explains, "Through this program I'm learning more about myself than I ever realized I could. I'm learning how my past affects my future and how to overcome everything to be able to succeed and not go back to the street life that I've always known." 

The curriculum addresses emotional and social triggers, such as co-dependency and drug addiction, which can lead them back to the prostitution lifestyle.

For five days a week, two hours are spent in direct classroom work covering topics such as cognitive intervention, victimization and trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, conflict resolution and anger management. 

Another two hours of indirect programming focuses on journal writing, completing work assignments and discussion. A case manager and a health specialist are available to meet individually with participants to provide advice.

Throughout the week the women participate in peer-led group discussion to expand on class topics and share personal histories. Recounting their personal stories in a safe and supportive environment allows for a better understanding of the circumstances which brought them to prison, and helps many begin the journey to recovery.

All participants are encouraged to enroll in Windham School District classes, and members of F Dorm attend weekly sessions with Life Coach Kathryn Griffin-Townsend, a former sex trade worker and recovering drug addict, who comes in once a week to serve as a mentor. 

Having spent years involved with prostitution and making 21 failed attempts in drug rehab before succeeding, Griffin-Townsend brings first-hand knowledge of the tough lives these women have led and she is living proof that. Despite their past, they can turn themselves into a success. She teaches them that it is important to forgive themselves for their past in order to create a better future. 

Kathryn encourages program participants, telling them, "I’ve been an addict for 20 years, and I've been in the sex trade far longer. I am an example to these women that one can rise above that."

Family reunification counseling is also available and participants are referred to the Reentry and Integration or Health Services divisions as needed. Ultimately, rehabilitation relies on the offender understanding that there are alternatives to living by the sex trade, and a better life can be had by making better life choices.

Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative (BAMBI)

The mission of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative (BAMBI) is to provide an opportunity for mother and child bonding and attachment, which is important to healthy growth and development, socialization, and psychological development during the infant’s formative years, while in a safe and secure environment.

The Rehabilitation Programs Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, along with the Correctional Institutions Division and the Health Services Division is collaborating with the University of Texas Medical Branch to provide a bonding program for eligible offenders who are pregnant at reception and deliver during their current incarceration.

The program allows offender mothers and their newborns time to form a healthy attachment in a secure setting. The offender receives child development education, life skills, infant first aid and CPR, nutrition, peer recovery, cognitive skills, anger management and family reunification sessions. Additional programming may include substance abuse education and GED classes.

Program Goals:

  • Increase the female offender’s self-development;
  • Increase social and cognitive competencies for both mother and child;
  • Provide for the development of a positive and productive relationship between mother and child;
  • Enhance parenting and nurturing skills and abilities of incarcerated mothers;
  • Develop the mother’s empathy and ability to place another’s need above self;
  • Provide prompt, loving, and consistent care for infants to develop their sense of trust; and
  • Support healthy mother-infant attachment.

The BAMBI Program will allow the mother and infant to bond in the residential facility for up to 12 months (longer stays may be considered on a case-by-case basis). Both are released from the facility once she has completed her sentence, assisted by an individualized transitional release plan that will be developed during their stay.

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Careers at Plane State Jail

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