The Easiest Way to Reach an Inmate at Larry Gist State Jail

Connect With an Inmate The Easiest Way to Reach an Inmate at Larry Gist State Jail

The Easiest Way to Reach an Inmate at Larry Gist State Jail

Larry Gist State Jail, also called Gist State Jail, is named for Judge Lawrence (Larry) Gist who helped rewrite the Texas Penal Code. Gist State Jail is in Beaumont, Texas and stands on approximately 776 acres of land. It has a maximum of 2,276 male inmates who fall into J1-J5, G1, G2, and Transient custody levels.

Inmates may receive ambulatory medical, dental, and mental health services, and may join several educational and support programs. Gist State Jail also offers wheelchair-accommodated beds if an inmate needs one.

Where Is Gist State Jail Located and How You Contact Gist Jail

Gist Jail Location

Gist State Jail is south of Beaumont in Jefferson County. Spindletop Gusher Oil Field is to its north. Tex Ritter Historical Park and Live Oak Memorial Park are just to its south. The jail is a 15-minute drive from Beaumont going south on Hwy 96. You can also use the Beaumont to Port Arthur bus service. There are a lot of hotels and motels if needed, the closest being about 2 miles from Gist State Jail.

Basic Gist State Jail Contact Information

Contact information of Gist State Jail:

Physical AddressLarry Gist State Jail, FM3514, Beaumont, TX 77705
Phone Number(409) 727 8400
WebsiteLarry Gist State Jail

There is no general email address. eMessages may be made after registering with JPay and paying the service fee.

How to Contact Inmates at Larry Gist State Jail

You can contact an inmate by mail, eMessage, or personal visitation. Inmates may not receive phone calls, but they may be allowed to make a phone call to a registered and approved outside phone number at a predetermined date and time. Let us look at each one in turn.

There are strict rules and regulations you must adhere to. Any breach of any rule may result in your mail not being delivered or a visitation not being allowed.

How to Send Mail and Packages to a Gist State Jail Inmate

Texas encourages friends and family to write often. Mail must be correctly addressed. There are also rules about what you can and cannot include in a letter to a Gist Unit inmate.

Send letters and parcels to

Inmate's Full Name plus TDCJ Number

Larry Gist State Jail

3295 FM 3514

Beaumont, TX 77705

Only letters to the same inmate are allowed to be put in the same envelope. You may find it helpful to check out how to write to a prisoner and how to become a pen-pal of an inmate. Newspapers, magazines, books, etc. may be mailed to an inmate directly from the publisher.

Packages may only contain approved items. This DoNotPay article tells you how to send a care package.

How to eMessage a Gist State Jail Inmate

You can eMessage an inmate. Inmates are not permitted to reply. To send eMessages, you must register with JPay at  (866) 333 5729 or via the JPay website. Register by entering the inmate's  TDCJ Number and say it is a Texas location. The cost for sending an eMessage is the price of a regular US postage stamp purchased from JPay after you register or log in.

Your message will be forwarded to the TDCJ unit mailroom, where it is downloaded, read, approved, printed, and passed to the inmate.

Personal Visits With a Gist State Jail Inmate

There are basics worth knowing about visitation. This article is more general but gives you some good background info. If you encounter a problem when you visit or have questions, you may call the Ombudsman Visitation Hotline on Saturdays and Sundays between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm at (936) 437 4927 or toll-free at (844) 476 1289.

  • Personal visits are only allowed on Saturdays, Sundays, and on some public holidays.
  • Before you visit you must apply to, and receive approval from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. You can find background data on inmate visitation.
  • Only two adult visitors are allowed during a visit (children 17 and under are not limited) and must be on the approved list of no more than 10 names.
  • Adult visitors must present a government photo ID. Children may be required to show their birth certificate or other approved ID.
  • Pat searches and metal detection searches of visitors and their vehicles are required to enter the facility.
  • Gist State Jail's dress code is conservative. Shoulders must be covered, midriffs, etc. may not be exposed, skirts and shorts must be no shorter than 3 inches above the middle of the wearer's kneecap. Tight, body-clinging, or see-through clothes are not permitted. Offensive or provocative words or pictures on clothing are not permitted. Pre-adolescent children benefit from more relaxed clothing rules.
  • Up to $25 in coins (no notes) may be brought in to purchase items from the vending machines during visits.
  • Tobacco products are not permitted.
  • Visitations may last up to two hours.

How to Send Money to a Gist State Jail Inmate

The Inmate Trust Fund enables you to send money to an inmate for their personal use. There are 8 deposit options available. Funds may be deposited via

  • Money Orders or Cashier's Checks
  • Monthly Checking Account Debits using ACH (a free service)
  • Western Union Quick Collect or Western Union Convenience Pay
  • America's Cash Express (ACE)
  • JPay
  • TouchPay

You must include

  1. Your own name and address.
  2. The inmate's Name and TDCJ Number

Personal checks and cash are not acceptable and will be returned.

Difficulties to Avoid When Contacting a Gist State Jail Inmate

Visits to, and contact with, a Gist unit inmate is rewarding, but could also cause problems. Texas Department of Criminal Justice is very strong on what is permitted and what is not. The last thing you or the inmate wants is for a letter or care package to be refused, a visit to be canceled at the gate, or for a payment to be returned. Knowing what is permitted, and what is not, is critically important.

Even when all rules are being followed, you will still want to avoid unnecessary expense, like costly phone calls or service charges imposed by a third party. It may even be difficult for you to get to Gist State Prison, so knowing your letter, special message, or celebratory wish is delivered quickly and correctly matters to both of you.

Get in Touch With Your Loved One at Gist via DoNotPay

You may have to learn where an inmate is located to make sure you can write, visit, receive phone calls from them, and send care packages to them. To connect with an inmate quickly and easily requires you to just follow these 5 simple DoNotPay 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 his or her personal 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 so you can 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 to your loved one!


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