How to Get Connected With an Inmate at Roach Unit

Connect With an Inmate How to Get Connected With an Inmate at Roach Unit

How to Stay in Touch With a Loved One at the Roach Unit

The Roach Unit or the T. L. Roach Unit in Childress Texas is a correctional facility for men with a capacity of 1384 inmates. It houses custody levels G1, G2, and G4. It also has a number of agricultural and manufacturing operations and educational programs such as GED, Special Education, ESL (English as a second language), etc.

If you think that a loved one or a friend might be housed at the Roach Unit, your first step is to ascertain whether this is indeed where they are located. After you figure this out, you might want to send them a letter or email. You may even want to visit them.

However, keep in mind that locating and contacting an inmate is not always easy. You'll need to have the inmate's TDCJ number or SID number. And once you figure out where the inmate is located, you'll need to follow that facility's rules and regulations when writing to them or visiting them.

DoNotPay can make the entire process simple. All you have to do is enter the information you have and write a letter. DoNotPay will find your loved one and make sure that your letter goes where it needs to go.

Basic Information About the Roach Unit

Here is all the contact information you need to get in touch with an inmate at the Roach Unit.

Physical AddressT. L. Roach Unit, 15845 FM 164. Childress TX 79201
Phone Number940-937-6364
WebsiteTexas Depart of Criminal Justice
Senior WardenChad Rehse

How to Write to an Inmate at the Roach Unit

Here's what you need to know about writing to a loved one or a friend at the Roach Unit:

  1. To address a letter to an inmate, write the inmate's name, TDCJ number, and unit address on the envelope.
  2. Write to each inmate in a separate envelope.
  3. Inmates can't write to each other except in special cases.
  4. Inmates can't write to minors unless they are their children. Inmates may also be prohibited from writing to their victims.
  5. Do not include unauthorized materials when you write to an inmate.
  6. Inmates can get newspapers, magazines, and books directly from the sellers or approved volunteer organizations.
  7. Inmates can't get on social media but you can mention them in your personal social media accounts.
  8. There are programs at the Roach Unit via which the inmate can get writing materials for free or purchase them.
  9. Do not send packages to the inmate.

How to Email an Inmate at the Roach Unit

You can register for a special email account at or call JPay at 1-866-333-5729. You will have to purchase stamps to send a message. Keep in mind that an inmate can receive your email but cannot email you back.

How to Contact an Inmate at the Roach Unit by Phone

Each inmate has an approved calling list and can call the people on that list. Here's what you need to do to receive calls from an inmate:

  • You have to register your phone number by calling 1-866-806-7804. You can also go to
  • Confirm that you are the registered owner of that phone.
  • Confirm that you will not enable the inmate to make three-way calls.
  • Confirm that you are an adult.

Keep the following things in mind when receiving a call from an inmate:

  • The duration of the calls is limited.
  • You have to have a landline or a postpaid cell.
  • All calls are recorded and may be monitored.
  • Certain inmates who have disciplinary issues, who used to be in gangs, or who are on death row may not be able to make calls. However, they can request a telephone call by filling out form I-60.

How to Visit an Inmate at the Roach Unit

There are many rules and regulations regarding visitation at the Roach Unit. Keep the following things in mind if you plan to visit an inmate:

  1. Visitation occurs on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  2. The visitors need to be on the approved visitor's list which consists of a max of 10 people.
  3. If you are visiting on a holiday (except Christmas), you will need to schedule your visit 1 to 7 days in advance.
  4. Do not arrive more than 15 minutes late.
  5. All inmates can have one visit, consisting of two adults every weekend. Children are allowed as long as the adults can manage and control them.
  6. Visitors need to have a government-issued ID such as a driver's license, DPS ID, armed forces ID, passport, or an ID issued by Homeland Security or USCIS.
  7. Visitors who were the inmate's victims have the right to refuse to share their addresses.
  8. Children may have to present their birth certificates, DPS IDs, or student IDs.

Rules Regarding Visitation at the Roach Unit

It's important to follow the rules regarding visitation or else you might be asked to leave or you may not be allowed to visit again.

  • Limited contact is allowed between inmates and their spouses or close family members.
  • If close family members can't visit, the inmate may be allowed contact visits with non-immediately family subject to approval.
  • Everyone is searched when visiting the Roach Unit
  • You can't take cash (only up to $25 in coins), alcohol, tobacco, mobile phones, drugs, firearms, cameras, or weapons of any kind when you go for visitation.
  • Bring a limited amount of supplies if you are bringing an infant.
  • If you used to be an inmate, you can't visit the Roach Unit for two years after your release.

How to Get in Touch With an Inmate via DoNotPay

As you can see, several rules and regulations have to be followed when you write to or visit an inmate at the Roach Unit, and it's tough to keep track of all of them. Instead, you may want to use DoNotPay which simplifies the process for you. DoNotPay can help you find the location of an inmate as well as send them a letter or photo.

Here's what you need to do:

  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!


What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

The DoNotPay is an all-purpose app to help make life easier. Here are some things to try:

Finding and contacting an inmate can be difficult if you don't know how to navigate the prison system. DoNotPay can help you figure out where they are located and write to them through the same interface. This makes it easier to stay in touch with your loved ones no matter where they may be.

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