W.F. Ramsey Unit

The W.F. Ramsey Unit is a mixed-custody state prison for male inmates that is located in Rosharon, Texas. Managed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Ramsey Unit can house a maximum of 1,570 inmates in the main unit plus 321 in the Trusty Camp. 

The Ramsey Unit sits on nearly 15,000 acres and has agricultural operations that include Cotton Gin, Cow/Calf Operation, Edible and Field Crops, Farm Shop, Fresh Vegetable Cannery, Grain Dryer/Storage, Alfalfa Dehydrator, Swine Finishing Operation, Security Horses, and Security Pack Canines.

There is also a Furniture Refinishing Factory at the Ramsey Unit that employs a number of inmates.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours for general population inmates at Ramsey Unit are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. GRAD and Administrative Segregation inmates have visiting hours by appointment only on Thursdays and Fridays.

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. 

If you have any questions, 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

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

Dress Code

The dress code at Ramsey 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, 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

Physical Address

Ramsey Unit
1100 FM 655
Rosharon, TX 77583

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/AxvPtCNpyTY1X3Vv8

General Phone Number

(281) 595-3491 (**017)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Ramsey Unit
1100 FM 655
Rosharon, TX 77583


Inmates at Ramsey Unit can receive 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

You can't call an inmate at Ramsey 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 Ramsey Unit, both online and through snail mail. Remember, you will need their inmate ID number


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 


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


This site allows you to send money to an inmate or make purchases for them from the prison commissary. 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.

Programs For Inmates

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

Career and Technology Programs: Automotive Specialization (Air Conditioning and Brakes); Mill and Cabinetmaking

Apprenticeship Programs: Assembly Technician (Cabinetmaker)

Alvin Community College Academic

University of Houston-Clear Lake Academic (Bachelors and Masters Programs)

Additional Programs/Services: Gang Renouncement and Dissociation Process (GRAD), Reentry Planning, Peer Education, Administrative Segregation Protective Custody Video Initiative, Adult Education Program (upon availability), Chaplaincy Services, GO KIDS Initiative

Community Work Projects: Services provided to Habitat for Humanity.

Volunteer Initiatives: Employment/Job Skills, Substance Abuse Education, Life Skills, Mentoring, Support Groups, Religious/Faith Based Studies and Activities, Reentry Programs, Veterans Programs

Gang Renouncement and Dissociation Process (GRAD) Process

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has initiated a process, which provides a method for offenders to renounce their membership with a known security threat group (STG). This procedure is called the Gang Renouncement and Dissociation Process (GRAD). 

Offenders willing to renounce their gang affiliation will be required to participate in the nine-month process and associated activities until successful completion is attained.

After successfully completing the GRAD process, the offender will be released into general population and assigned to a unit recommended by the State Classification Committee. If the offender is found to be involved in STG activities after release to the general population, the offender will be returned to security detention and will not be allowed to participate in the GRAD process again. 

The offender must express to the unit STG officer in written form, a desire to renounce membership in the STG. The STGMO shall make the final decision on any matters pertaining to the GRAD process. In order to be eligible to participate in the GRAD process, an offender shall meet the following criteria:

  1. Have not been involved in any STG activities for a minimum of one year
  2. Have a completed and signed Gang Member Disassociation Packet
  3. Have been assigned to administrative segregation Level I (IA) for the previous six months prior to enrollment
  4. Have not received any Level I major disciplinary cases for offender assault, staff assault, aggressive sexual misconduct or weapon possession for at least two years prior to enrollment.
  5. Have not received any Level 2 or Level 3 major disciplinary cases for at least six months prior to enrollment
  6. The following security precaution designators:  Escape (ES), Staff Assault (SA), or Hostage Situation (HS) are reviewed by the State Classification Committee for consideration on an individual case by case basis.
  7. Have not previously completed the Returning Population Gang Renouncement and Dissociation Program (RP-GRAD) or GRAD process.

GRAD Process is nine months in length:

Phase I (Approximately 2 months)
Curriculum: Substance abuse classes, Alcoholics Anonymous, Chaplaincy videos.

Phase II (Approximately 4 months)
Curriculum: Cognitive intervention, anger management/substance abuse, criminal addictive behavior.

Phase III (Approximately 3 months)
Curriculum: 1/2-day work schedule, laundry, fields, food service, 1/2-day unit programs.

Each group or class represents a mixture of STGs in order to maintain a balance of ethnicity, length of sentence, and other similar demographics, in the process.

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Careers at W.F. Ramsey Unit

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