THE PRISON PROCESS
(Process of a TDCJ Offender)

 

MUNICIPLE COUNTY JAIL
As soon as an offender is convicted by a jury he or she officially becomes property of the state. Sheriffs of the municipal county jail then schedule the inmate for transfer to a State Correctional Institution. This process usually takes about 2 weeks.

 

TDCJ TRANSFER FACILITY
Sheriffs Deputies then transport the convicted prisoner to one of a few Texas Transfer Facilities, depending in which region the offender is convicted in. Transfer Facilities include the Middleton Unit, Garza East Unit, Garza West Unit, Cotulla Unit, San Saba Unit, Tulia Unit, Ware Unit, Marlin Unit, Holliday Unit, Goodman Unit, and Gurney Unit. The offender receives an HIV / Hepatitis test and remains in the transfer facility until his or her intake documents arrive from the Huntsville Classification Division. This procedure may take up to 6 months.

 

TDCJ DIAGNOSTICS UNIT
Once Huntsville’s Classification Division receives the inmate’s paper work, the offender is transferred to the states Diagnostics unit in Huntsville. There the inmate is interviewed by TDCJ’s Gang Intelligence officers and classified to a housing unit. The inmate is then transferred to that unit within a week.

 

TDCJ HOUSING UNITS
The offender is then transferred to his or her assigned housing unit. There are over 100 housing units in the state of Texas. Officials decide if an inmate will be sent to a Minimum/Medium Security Facility or a Maximum Security Unit. Minimum/Medium Security Facilities are usually reserved for less violent offenders while the states Maximum Security Units are designed to house high risk offenders.

 

PRE RELEASE UNITS
After a prisoner has served his or her time, the offender is transferred to a Pre Release Unit. These units usually provide beneficial programs such as Alcohol, Narcotics and Anger management classes. Offenders generally stay in these units for a few months.

 

TDCJ WALLS RELEASE UNIT
Female offenders are transported to the Murray Release Unit while the male offenders are sent to the Huntsville Release Unit in Huntsville, Texas. There the offender is issued clothing, a Social Security Card, a 100 dollar check and a bus ticket. The offender is then released back into society.

 

TDCJ Building Tenders

Building tenders took advantage of their authority and were the cause of many riots.

 

 

The Decline of Traditional Prison Gangs

Conflicts between both traditional and modern prison gangs have arose

 

The Escape Of The Texas Seven

Their master plan to escape from the maximum security J.B. Connally unit.