All About the Woodman State Jail and Contacting Inmates

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Everything You Need to Know About Woodman State Jail

is officially called "Linda Woodman State Jail" and is sometimes called "Woodman Unit." It is located in Gatesville, Texas, and is about a 45-minute drive from Waco. It can house up to 909 minimum security female prisoners. The facility serves primarily as an intake jail, with most inmates being transferred to another facility.

Inmates may receive adult education, such as literacy courses and GED testing. Additional services are available, like parenting classes, life skills training, victim awareness, and the CHANGES pre-release program. Some inmates may be selected to provide supervised labor.

Woodman State Jail Contact Information

WardenMerry Crane

1210 Coryell City Road

Gatesville, TX 76528

Phone Number(254)-865-9398
Accessible by transportNo

How to Contact Inmates at Woodman State Jail

By Mail

  1. Families are encouraged to exchange letters with inmates.
  2. Photographs may be sent, so long as they don't exceed 4" x 6". Polaroid photos, photos that are of a sexual nature, or photos depicting gang activity are not allowed.
  3. Inmates may receive some stationery items if sent directly from a verified vendor.
  4. Books, magazines, and newspapers are permitted so long as they come from a verified vendor like Amazon. Hardcover books are strictly prohibited. Publications that contain nudity promote hate, contain maps, and describe how to manufacture contraband are prohibited.
  5. As Woodman State Jail is often a temporary holding location, it may be better to wait to send packages to permanent facilities.
  6. All mail and packages should be addressed to:

Inmate Name, TDCJ Number

Woodman State Jail

1210 Coryell City Road

Gatesville, TX 76528

By Phone

  1. All inmates can make outbound calls to anyone on their established lists of contacts. Contact lists are provided during intake.
  2. Before you can receive a call, your phone number must be registered. This can be done on the Texas Inmate Phone website or by calling 1-866-806-7804. You will need to provide information from your driver's license and telephone bill. More information is required if you authorize prepaid billing.
  3. Calling hours are from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm but can be interrupted by security events. Call times are limited to 20 minutes. Calls to prepaid cell phones or VOIP lines are prohibited.

Sending Money

  1. You can send money to inmates in four ways MoneyGram, online, over the phone, or by mail.
  2. MoneyGram Deposits can be made at any MoneyGram kiosk in Walmart or CVS. Use the received code 3570. Be sure to have the inmate's TDCJ number handy.
  3. Phone Deposits Can be made with JPAY. Simply call 1-800-574-5729 to make a deposit. You may also use TouchPay (1-877-868-5358) or Western Union (1-800-325-6000).
  4. There are four ways to make online deposits You can use eCommDirect, Western Union, TouchPay, or JPAY.
  5. Mail deposits

You must obtain a deposit slip. This can be mailed to you by inmates or by requesting via mail. To request a deposit slip by mail, send a self-addressed and stamped envelope to:

Inmate Trust Fund PO Box 60 Huntsville, Texas 77342-0060

After receiving your deposit slip, you can send funds via United States Post Office Money Order. Make the money order payable to:

Inmate Trust Fund Inmate's name and TDCJ Number

Send the completed money order and deposit slip to the same address:

Inmate Trust Fund PO Box 60 Huntsville, Texas 77342-0060


Inmates are allowed one visitation per week. You must bring a identification card. There are several strict rules to abide by. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with them prior to visiting your loved one.

  • Visiting hours are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • Visits are limited to two hours.

Steps to Take Before Contacting an Inanimate at Woodman State Jail

Most forms of contact require knowing the prisoner's Texas Department of Criminal Justice ID number. You can use the TXDCJ inmate lookup tool if you are unsure of your inmate's ID. The TXDCJ website is known for crashing. If you have any problems, you can also use DoNotPay's Connect With an Inmate product.

Difficulties You May Have Contacting Loved Ones in Woodman State Jail

  • Families of prisoners are often neglected.
  • There are several unfamiliar policies and procedures that must be followed.
  • Many loved ones of inmates have reported high levels of frustration when dealing with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
  • DoNotPay can help

How DoNotPay Can Help

DoNotPay can simplify your life with just a few clicks.

  • Write a Prisoner Our "Write a Prisoner" tool is as easy as email. We'll do all the printing, shipping, and envelope stuffing for you.
  • Prison Pen Pals DoNotPay can help you become PenPals with a prisoner.
  • Inmate Visitation If you have a hard time visiting a loved one in prison or jail, DoNotPay can help. We know all the visitation rules and rights in Texas.

How to Use DoNotPay to Connect With a Prisoner

You can connect with an inmate at the Woodman State Jail by following these five easy 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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