Byrd Unit and Contacting Inmates

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The Quickest and Most Efficient Way To Reach Out To An Inmate At the Byrd Unit

The Byrd Unit, based in Huntsville, Texas, is a classification and diagnostic prison. James H. Byrd, a veteran warden of the facility, is the inspiration for the facility's name. The Byrd Facility is where male inmates condemned to death or lifetime sentences without the chance of parole are first processed. The can hold 1,365 males of G1, G2, and unclassified criminals.

Since most offenders stay for a short time at Byrd Unit, programs are restricted. However, for offenders imprisoned here for a lengthier timeframe, the institution provides primary adult education, treatment for alcohol and drug addiction, and chaplain services. The facility also offers all inmates medical, dental, and mental health care services.

Use the new DoNotPay app or website to efficiently communicate with a detainee at Byrd Unit or schedule a visit.

Byrd Unit Contact Information

Byrd is a diagnostic unit on 93 acres (38 hectares) and was established in May 1964. It is 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Downtown Huntsville on Farm to Market Road 247. If you are driving to the facility you should use these driving directions.

Below is Byrd Unit’s contact information:

Physical AddressByrd Unit

21 FM 247

Huntsville, TX 77320

Phone Number(936)-295-5768 (**008)
WebsiteByrd Unit
FaxNot Available

How to Contact Inmates at Byrd Unit

If a relative or friend is detained at Byrd Unit, you can contact them by mail or phone. You can even visit the convict as long as you follow the facility's rules. Keep reading to find additional information regarding the methods stated above.


Because offenders are frequently confined for short periods at Byrd Unit, visitors are only permitted if they have been here for thirty days or more and have completed intake. Defendants who have been incarcerated for more than 30 days are eligible for visits on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone Calls

Here are some restrictions that you must know:

  • During the initial intake procedure, all convicts held at Byrd Unit will list phone numbers they can call. The inmate can amend at any time throughout their detention.
  • To receive calls, you should first enroll your contact information with the subject telephone vendor by calling 1-866-806-7804 or enrolling online.
  • Except for lockdowns and other security situations, inmates can use the phones between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on most days.
  • The duration of each call is limited to twenty minutes.
  • An inmate is only allowed to make calls to a mobile phone or a landline. They cannot call an internet phone service or prepaid cell phone.
  • All calls except calls are subject to recording and monitoring.


Family and friends of Byrd Unit convicts are urged to write letters to each other frequently. However, excluding legitimate mail, all communications are subject to scrutiny for contraband. Additionally, inmates are bound from sending mail to other offenders unless they are close family members and have the warden's authorization. They cannot communicate with the victims of their crimes and their families.

All mail you send to an inmate in Byrd Unit should include the offender's full name, their Texas Department of Criminal Justice Number (TDCJ), and the facility's address. The standard format used on all mails should be:

Inmate Name, TDCJ Number

Facility/Unit Name

PO Box or Street Address

City, State, Zip Code

When sending a mail to an inmate in Byrd Unit, the sole viable address should be:

Inmate Name, ID Number

​Byrd Unit

21 FM 247

Huntsville, TX 77320

If you somehow find that dealing with formats and restrictions is confusing, DoNotpay can simplify the process of writing to a prisoner for you.

How to Send Money to an Inmate in Byrd Unit

Inmates in Byrd Unit have access to funds deposited into their commissary and trust fund. In addition, friends and family members can send money to an inmate by depositing in person, via the internet, mail, or over the phone. To send funds, you must know the inmate's Full Name, TDCJ number, and current location.

1. Deposit by Walk In

If you wish to deposit the money in person, you will visit Western Union or MoneyGram, including Walmart or CVS. If you choose to use MoneyGram, the usable receive code is 3570. When sending through Western Union, you will need to use the Quick Collect form and use the following information:

Pay to:

TDCJ - Inmate Trust Funds

Code City and State: TDCJ/TX

Account Number: Inmates TDCJ number and inmate's last name with no space.

2. Deposit by Internet

Several companies allow one to deposit funds online to an inmate's account: Western Union, JPAY, eCommDirect, and TouchPay. Each of these companies charges a fee to send the funds and allows you to use a debit or credit card.

3. Deposit Funds Over the Phone

If you have a friend or kin held at Byrd Unit, you can use the phone to deposit funds. You will call 1-800-574-5729, 1-877-868-5358, or 1-800-325-6000 when using JPAY, TouchPay, or Western Union, respectively.

4. Deposit Funds Through the Mail

You can also deposit funds through the mail by first obtaining a deposit slip from the inmate or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Inmate Trust Fund

PO Box 60

Huntsville, Texas 77342-0060

You can mail a money order or cashier's check payable to the Inmate Trust Fund for the inmate's name and TDCJ number after obtaining the deposit form. You can purchase money orders at any post office in the United States. Send the money order together with a completed deposit sheet to:

Inmate Trust Fund

PO Box 60

Huntsville, Texas 77342-0060

Steps to Take Before Calling or Writing to a Prisoner

Confirm an inmate's whereabouts before taking their phone call. There have been various complaints about determining whether or not an offender is interstate. Consider using DoNotPay to track down an inmate's phone call no matter the location of the facility. Before creating an account, you can add it to your browser.

  1. Select Locate Someone from the Connect With an Inmate option.
  2. Fill in the inmate's name and the state where they are being held.
  3. Fill out the form and submit it.

The tool will use its robust algorithm to conduct the search and give you the inmate's current location in seconds.

Difficulties You May Encounter When Contacting Your Loved One at the Byrd Unit

During their time in prison, inmates face a variety of challenges. Similarly, when their loved ones try to communicate with them, they may encounter several obstacles. These may include the following:

  • A visitation application may take a long time to be authorized.
  • Calling rates are incredibly high, especially if you're calling from another state.
  • Calls to convicts are not private and are subject to tight regulations.
  • Regulations governing visitation schedules are new and unreliable.
  • For writing and sending letters, all institutions have rigorous restrictions.

Get in Touch With Your Loved Ones via DoNotPay

It's harder to interact with an incarcerated family member or friend. Fortunately, DoNotPay has an anonymous database and excellent postal technology that allows anyone to write letters to any US detention facility via their website or app.

  1. Fill in the details for the inmate.
  2. Create a message or an attachment and send it.
  3. If necessary, submit the photos that have been attached.
  4. You can use the personalized templates provided by DoNotPay.
  5. The letter is printed and forwarded by DoNotPay.

DoNotPay Can Help You Locate Your Imprisoned Friend

Given how difficult it is to contact an inmate, DoNotPay has created a one-of-a-kind search engine. DoNotPay can help you communicate with a relative or acquaintance who is imprisoned in a maximum or medium-security jail in five simple steps:

  1. Locate the Connect With an Inmate service on DoNotPay.

  2. Choose whether you want to locate a loved one, create a virtual mailbox, or send a personalized letter.

  3. If you want us to find your loved one, provide their details and the state they are located in. We'll then conduct a search on the appropriate state database.

  4. If you want to create a virtual mailbox, just provide your full name! We'll set one up for you to easily receive incoming mail from your loved one.

  5. If sending a personalized letter, tell us which facility your loved one is located in and what you would like to say to them. You can even include a photo! Your letter will be delivered automatically - just wait 10 days for it to arrive for your loved one!

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

Connecting you with a friend or kin serving a jail term in any of the facilities in the US is one of the many problems DoNotPay can help you tackle. Others include:

If you're having trouble contacting a relative or friend who is imprisoned at Byrd Unit, consider using DoNotPay, a solution for quick and easy communication.

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