Thomas R. Havins Unit

The Thomas R. Havins Unit is a pre-release facility for male inmates located in Brownwood, Texas. This unit is operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and can house a maximum of 596 inmates. 

The Reentry Program

The Reentry Program at Havins Unit is a three-phased reentry program designed to prepare offenders for a successful return to the community after release from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

  • Phase I – Identification Processing – helps inmates obtain a replacement social security card, certified birth certificate, and state identification card when they are released.
  • Phase II – Assessment and Reentry Planning – completion of risk and needs assessment with individual case planning provided to those at moderate to high risk of re-offending.
  • Phase III – Community Reentry Services – provides post-release individual case management, employment readiness training, and employment services with an emphasis on assisting the formerly incarcerated with obtaining sustainable employment.

There is also a Veterans Reentry Services program that assists veterans with obtaining a record of military services, completing the veteran's benefits application, and linking to military peer support services, and continuity of care.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at the Thomas R. Havins Unit are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Each inmate may have one visit each weekend. No more than two adults (18+) are allowed at the visit. Children 17 and younger can visit and will not be counted in the visitor number. A regular visiting period is two (2) hours in duration and begins when the offender is seated.

Call the Ombudsman Visitation Hotline at (936) 437-4927 or toll free at (844) 476-1289 if you have visiting questions. The hotline is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Visiting Applications

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice must approve your application before you visit an inmate at Thomas R. Havins Unit. Click on the visiting application and instructions below to get started.

Dress Code

The Thomas R. Havins Unit has a conservative dress code that is strictly enforced.

  • Sandals, flip-flops, and open-toe shoes may be worn. 
  • Clothing that is tight fitting, revealing, or made with see-through fabrics are prohibited.
  • Sleeveless shirts and dresses are allowed, but must cover the shoulders. 
  • 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. 
  • Clothing with pictures or language that may be considered profane or offensive is not allowed. 

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

What can you bring to a visit?

All visitors 18 years of age and older must have a photo ID. All other items must be kept in your vehicle except: 

  • A small wallet, clear plastic bag, or change purse
  • $25 cash (in coins) for the vending machines
  • Visitors with infants or small children may bring no more than three diapers, a supply of baby wipes, and two baby bottles (“sippy” cup for toddlers). These items must be stored in a clear plastic bag.

Physical Address

Thomas R. Havins Unit
500 FM 45 East
Brownwood, TX 76801

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(325) 643-5575 (**082)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Thomas R. Havins Unit
500 FM 45 East
Brownwood, TX 76801

Any inmate mail with unauthorized materials or contraband will be rejected. Newspapers, magazines, and books may be mailed directly to offenders only by the publisher, publication supplier, or bookstore.


Offenders can receive incoming eMessages. To register, please contact JPAY at 1-866-333- 5729 or on the web.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Thomas R. Havins 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

The easiest ways to send money to an inmate at Thomas R. Havins Unit are:

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): 1.866.345.1884 for live bilingual agents available 24/7 


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.

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

Special Treatment Programs: In-Prison Therapeutic Community (IPTC)

Additional Programs/Services: Adult Education Program (upon availability), Chaplaincy Services, GO KIDS Initiative

Community Work Projects: Services provided to city, county and government agencies, area school districts, and the Texas Department of Transportation.

Volunteer Initiatives: Substance Abuse Education, Life Skills, Parent Training, Support Groups, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities.

Corrective Intervention Pre-Release Program

The mission of the Corrective Intervention Pre-release Program (CIPP) is to prepare the offender participants for their transition from the restrictive housing environment to living in their respective communities and leading a productive lifestyle.

Program Overview

The CIPP is a 120-day program that offers interventions utilizing motivational interviewing techniques. The program curriculum is designed for the offenders to begin to build awareness about the thinking and attitudes that have impacted their choices and to focus on different choices in the future. Any restrictive housing offenders that are not enrolled in another pre-release program will be enrolled in the CIPP.

The 120-day curriculum includes a workbook-based cognitive change program designed for in-cell use along with computer technology that allows for classroom style interaction with the staff. In addition, the program provides offender re-entry planning that includes family and community support systems.

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