William G. McConnell Unit

The William G. McConnell Unit is a maximum-security prison for male inmates that is located in Beeville, Texas. This facility is managed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and can house a maximum of 2,900 inmates. This south Texas prison is considered one of the toughest prisons in America.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The McConnell Unit visiting hours are from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Contact visits are allowed if the visitors are immediate family. Most visiting periods last for about two hours, and each inmate is allowed one visit per weekend. 

Two adults (18+) are allowed to visit an inmate at one time. Minor children are not counted in the visiting number. 

Visits with inmates in Administrative Segregation are available on Fridays by appointment only.

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

Before you can visit an inmate at McConnell Unit, you must fill out an application and get approval from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. To get the process started, click on the visiting application and instructions below.

What can you bring to a visit?

When checking in for a visit, be prepared to provide the following information at the unit security checkpoint:

  • Name and TDCJ number of the offender you are visiting
  • Your relationship to the offender
  • Your current physical address and phone number

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

  • $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.

Visitors are allowed to purchase soft drinks and snacks from vending machines for offenders during general and contact visits, but the items must be consumed during the visit.  

Dress Code

The dress code at McConnell 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. 
For a complete list of the visiting rules, click here.

Physical Address

McConnell Unit
3001 South Emily Drive
Beeville, TX 78102

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/k15ZzZyrDZ2fgngy6

General Phone Number

(361) 362-2300 (**048)

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
McConnell Unit
3001 South Emily Drive
Beeville, TX 78102

You must also include your name and return address on the envelope. All envelopes must be properly addressed (see above) or the mail will be rejected. 


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

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


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’s 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. 


Must be 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


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

Programs For Inmates

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

Career and Technology Programs: Bricklaying/Stone Masonry; Construction Carpentry

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

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

GO KIDS Initiative

The goal of Giving Offenders' Kids Incentive and Direction to Succeed (GO KIDS) is to help the kids of persons under criminal justice supervision.

As research indicates that children of offenders have a 70% greater likelihood of entering the criminal justice system, the GO KIDS Initiative was established to identify resources that offer basic, fundamental services to offenders and their families, and in particular, their children. 

Recognizing that solid family ties impact the success of individuals under criminal justice supervision, as well as their families, the McConnell Unit offers family-inclusive programs and/or programs focused on strengthening parenting and relational skills. 

These programs help offenders maintain constructive focus during their incarceration; allow families to remain connected; and positively impact the future of the children.

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Careers at William G. McConnell Unit

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