Info for Families and Friends of Texas Death Row

Office of the Ombudsman
Correspondence with prisoners
Visitation of prisoners
Trust Fund - how to send money to a prisoner
Commissary for prisoners
Contacts in Texas
E-mail lists
Places to stay in Livingston
Places to stay in Huntsville
Places to eat in Huntsville
Places to eat in Livingston
 
 

OFFICE OF THE OMBUDSMAN – The office of Ombudsman answers concerns and inquiries from individuals who are not employed by or incarcerated by the TDCJ.  Responsibilities include answering questions about a specific offender, responding to concerns about the agency’s policies and procedures, or referring the public to the most appropriate place in the agency to help them.

CORRESPONDENCE – The families and friends of offenders are encouraged to correspond by mail as often as possible.  Letters sent to inmates should have their name, TDCJ number, and the full unit / facility address.  All mail addressed to inmates must be received through the proper channels.  Letters for different offenders should not be included in the same envelope.  There is no limit on the number of persons with whom an offender may correspond.
Packages may not be mailed to inmates.  Unauthorised materials found in mail addressed to inmates will be rejected.  Individuals who commit serious violations of the correspondence rules may be disallowed further correspondence with an inmate.
Only the publisher, publication supplier or bookstore may mail newspapers, magazines and books directly to offenders.  Stationary (defined as paper, unstamped envelopes, but excluding paper or envelopes with names, addresses or letterhead) may be mailed to offenders only from legitimate vendors or suppliers of stationary.  Items such as food, clothing, jewellery, and toiletries may not be mailed to inmates.

VISITATION – Visitation serves an important role in preserving the association between inmates and their families and friends.  Visitation rules are displayed in areas accessible to visitors.  Visits are normally conducted on weekdays from 8am to 5pm except Wednesday when it is the morning only, 8am to 12pm and Saturday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.  The names of all visitors except children under the age of 16 and the offenders attorney, must be on the approved visitors list which is limited to ten visitors.  All inmates, except those on lockdown status are allowed one visit every weekend not to exceed two hours and not to exceed two adult visitors.  Children under the age of 16 are not counted as a second visitor but must be accompanied by an approved adult.
Approved visitors must present photo identification before entering the facility.  Identification may include a valid drivers licence, a Department of Public Safety ID car, an Employee IF card or badge, a passport or a student ID card.  Visitors under the age of 16 may be required to present identification.  Contact visits are not allowed.
Visitors and their vehicles are subject to search prior to entering the facility.  Any visitor refusing the procedure will be required to leave the facility immediately.  All visitors will be screened by a metal detector prior to visiting an offender.  Intoxicating beverages, drugs, firearms, escape implements or other items are strictly prohibited by agency rules and policies.  Visitors must abide by a dress code.  Shirts and shoes must be worn.  Shorts, cut-offs, halter tops, undershirts and tank tops are prohibited.  Shirts and blouses of fishnet, transparent material or open midriffs are not allowed.  Male visitors must wear long pants and female visitors must wear dresses, skirts or long pants.  Exceptions for pre-adolescent boys and girls may be made.  Dresses or skirts that appear too short will require a decision by the duty officer.  Clothing marked by words or pictures considered profane or offensive by current public standards will not be allowed.

Visitors may only bring specific items into the facility.  These items include a small wallet or change purse containing no more that $10 in cash.  Visitors with infants or small children may bring no more than 3 diapers and 2 baby bottles.  Visitors are not permitted to bring any items of any kind to offenders.  TDCJ facilities are designated as “tobacco free”.  Visitors shall not be permitted to bring cigarettes, cigarette lighters, or any tobacco products into TDCJ facilities.  Visitors may purchase soft drinks for offenders to be consumed during the visit.

Visits must be orderly to assure that visitors and inmates are not disturbed.  Visitors who cannot control their children will be escorted out of the facility.

TRUST FUND – Deposits can be made to an offenders trust fund account with a  money order made payable to the “Inmate Trust Fund”.  Any deposit item with the offenders name on the payee line (other than “Inmate Trust Fund for offender name and number”) may be returned to sender.  The inmates name and TDCJ number can be printed in a margin of the money order if desired.  Deposit should be accompanied by a completed deposit slip.  Deposit slips must be obtained from the offender whose account will receive the deposit.  Money orders and completed deposit slips should be mailed to:
Inmate Trust Fund
P.O. Box 60
Huntsville, Texas 77342-0060
Do not send trust fund deposits directly to the inmate or to the Terrell Unit.  Do not send the inmates personal mail or personal items (shoes, pictures etc.) to the Inmate Trust Fund.  The Inmate Trust Fund can respond to inquiries concerning whether a deposit was received, but no information about the offenders account balance can be released to anyone except the offender.

Personal cheques cannot be accepted and will be returned to the sender or destroyed.  Forwarding cash through the mail is not recommended.  Money orders and cashier’s cheques of $500 or more, insurance cheques and company cheques require two weeks to clear before the offender can use the funds.  The Inmate Trust Fund does not pay interest, therefore inmates are advised only to have what is necessary for the inmates’ immediate needs and to open a banking facility of their choice for any excess funds.

COMMISARY – No offender is allowed to possess currency.  Offenders are provided with meals, certain personal items and clothing.  Grocery items, shaving lotion, soft drinks, and other personal goods can be purchased from the facilities commissary.  Payment for commissary items is completed by transferring funds from the inmate’s trust fund account to a commissary account.  The offender may spend up to $75 on ordinary merchandise every two weeks.  This limit does not apply to special items such as radios, some clothing items, fans or watches.  These special purchase items are produced especially for an institutional environment.  They must be purchased by the offender for the offender’s personal use.

CONTACTS IN TEXAS

AUSTIN, TX

CAMPAIGN TO END THE DEATH PENALTY
1618-A W. 11th Street, Austin, TX  78703
Tel. (512)507-7700
Email: austincampaign@h...

TEXAS COALITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY
Meets on the second Thursday, and last Saturday of each month.
Contact Alan Cohen
Email: alancohn@o... for details.
Website: http://lonestar.texas.net/~acohen/tcadp/

WOMEN SPEAKOUT FROM PRISON AND DEATH ROW
P.O. BOX  3595, Austin, TX  78764-0595
Website: http://www.whateverdesign.com/speakout

HOUSTON, TX

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Meets the first Wednesday of the month at the Olive Branch Meeting Room, 2360 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX.at 7:30PM.
Website: http://lonestar.texas.net/~acohen/tcadp/

HOUSTONIANS UNITED FOR MUMIA
Meets every Sunday at the SHAPE Community Center, 3901 Almeda at 7:00 PM.
Contact: 713-521-0629
Email: houstonfreemumia@h...

THE LAMP OF HOPE PROJECT
P.O. Box 305 League City TX 77574-0305
Website: http://www.lampofhope.org/index.html

 MADRES Y FAMILIAS UNIDAS
 Por la Vida, la Dignitad y Libertad de sus Hijos
 6926 Navigation, Houston, TX  77011
 Tel. 713-926-278 Fax: 713-926-2877
MURDER VICTIMS FAMILIES FOR RECONCILIATION
P.O. Box 1286, Tomball, TX  77377-1286
Meets the first Sunday of the month at the Zion Lutheran Church, 3606 Beauchamp, at 2:30 PM.
Contact: 281-456-7670

TEXAS COALITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY
3400 Montrose, Suite 312 (ACLU office), Houston, TX 77006
Office: 713-520-0300 or 713-529-3826, Fax: 713-942-8146
Email: dpatwood@i... for details.
Meets in Houston on the second Tuesday of each month at the ACLU office, Suite 312, 3400 Montrose

TEXAS DEATH PENALTY ABOLITION MOVEMENT
SHAPE Center 3901 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77004
Tel. 713-523-8454 or 713-521-0629, Fax 713-521-1185
Email: tdpam@j... or abolitionmovement@j...
Meets on the 1st Tuesday, 7-9PM. Office hours 3-9PM each Tuesday at SHAPE Center
Meet at the office at 3:30 p.m. on days of executions to car-pool to Huntsville for demonstration/vigil.
Website: http://www.geocities.com/tdpam/

GARY GRAHAM/SHAKA SANKOFA JUSTICE COALITION
3901 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77004
Tel. 713-521-0629
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM

DALLAS, TX

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Meets the 2nd Thursday of every month, at Southern Methodist University, Dallas Hall, room 120, at 7:30-9:30 PM
 Website: http://www.smu.edu/~deathpen/

TEXAS COALITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY
 Meets at 6115 La Vista Dr.   Live Oak @ La Vista, 2nd Floor Dallas, Texas.
Tel: 214-827-4860
Contacts:  Annette Spanhel, 214-381-7851 or
Email: aspanhel@y...
Rick Halperin, 214-768-3284 or rhalperi@p...

BURLESON, TX

HOPE OF CURE
Death Penalty Chapter of National CURE
P. O. Box 1176, Burleson, TX  76097
Tel. 817-295-5715    Fax: 817-295-8817
Email: klr_cure_hope@j...

E-MAIL LISTS

TX-DEATHPENALTY-INFO
list is distributing information (News from Death Row, Urgent Actions, Pending Execution List, Newspaper Articles), about the Death Penalty.  The list will focus on Texas, but News will be posted about the Death Penalty in USA in general, too. The aim is to keep everyone informed; it is not a chat or discussion list. You can join this  community by going to the following web page:
http://www.onelist.com/subscribe/TX-DeathPenalty-Info
Or you can join by sending email to the following address:
TX-DeathPenalty-Info-subscribe@onelist.com

LAMP OF HOPE
This list provides support for death row family members and friends. You can join this community by going to the following web page:
http://www.egroups.com/subscribe/lampofhope
Or you can join by sending email to the following address:
lampofhope-subscribe@egroups.com

PLACES TO STAY IN LIVINGSTON

PARK INN INTERNATIONAL
2500 HWY 59 South Livingston, TX
79 Rooms / 2 Floors
Phone: 936-327-2525
toll free  1-800-437-PARK
Family Plan- Children 16 Years And Younger Stay Free In Parents/2 Paying Adults Room Using Existing Bedding - Pets Permitted At This Property, Restaurant
Approx. 6.7miles from Terrell
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HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
201 S Point Lane
Livingston, TX 77351
Phone: 936-327-9600
Pool, laundry facilities, free breakfast, restaurants in walking distance
Price Range:  $50-$100
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ECONO LODGE
117 Highway 59 Loop South at Highway 190, Livingston TX 77351
56 Rooms / 2 Floors
Phone: 936-327-2451
Max 5 Persons in A Room.
No Pets Allowed
Price Range:37.70 - 55.00
Restaurants in walking distance
8.7 miles from Terrell
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RAMADA INN
1200 N Washington Ave
Livingston,TX 77351
409/327-3366
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MILAM HOME BED AND BREAKFAST
412 West Milam Livingston, TX 77351
Phone 936-327-1173
Toll-free 1-888-551-1173
There are 4 guest accommodations (4 with private bathrooms) The rate for single occupancy is $125.00 The rate for double occupancy is $125.00, including
  full breakfast.
 No Pets
 Limitations on children staying: 12 and older
 Drinking is not allowed
A pprox 6.2 miles from Terrell
MY HEART'S DESIRE - A BED AND BREAKFAST
1200 South Houston Avenue Livingston, TX 77351
phone 409-327-3358
No pets. Children are welcome: Infants permitted w/ advance notice. Travel crib avail. .
Full breakfast is included in room rate
Drinking is not allowed
Rates: $60 - $60
approx 7.4miles from Terrell

PLACES TO STAY IN HUNTSVILLE

HERITAGE HOUSE
For reservations please contact
Dorothy J. Miller El
P.O. Box 965
Riverside, TX 77367
Phone: 936-294-0034
Fax: 936-294-0096
Email: five@lcc.net
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Hospitality House
912 - 10th Street
Huntsville, TX
Phone 936-291-6196
e-mail: hosphse@txucom.net
Free accommodations for persons visiting prisoners, donations accepted
Operated by the Baptist church – Chaplain Bob Norris, manager
Kitchen facilities available
Accommodations are 2 sets of bunk beds to a room. Bathroom and showers down the hall. Great room for reading, doing puzzles, etc. No television. There is a curfew. No smoking in the house. No media allowed on the property. Closed Sundays from 9 am til 1 pm.
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ECONO LODGE HUNTSVILLE
112 IH 45 NORTH Huntsville, TX
57 Rooms / 2 Floors
Phone: 936-295-6401
50-60 dollars a night
Restaurants nearby
approx 46miles from Terrell
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EXPRESS HUNTSVILLE
201 WEST HILL PARK CIRCLE Huntsville, TX
52 Rooms / 2 Floors
Phone: 936-293-8800
Complimentary Continental Breakfast Bar
Restaurants Located Nearby
4 Person Max Per Room
-Family Plan- Children 19 Years And Under Stay Free in Parents Room Using Existing Bedding
74-125 dollars a night
approx 44 miles from Terrell
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LAQUINTA
124 INTERSTATE 45 NORTH North Huntsville, TX
125 Rooms
Phone: 409-295-6454
 Free Breakfast Including Cereal, Children 18 and Under Free, Rollaway Beds/Cribs, Pets
Allowed
Maximum 4 Adults/ Room.
60-80dollars a night
approx 46 miles from  Terrell
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MOTEL 6 HUNTSVILLE
122 I-45 Huntsville, TX
122 Rooms / 2 Floors
Phone: 409-291-6927
- Family Plan -
- Children 17 Years And Younger Stay Free When Occupying The Same Room With An Adult Family Member.  An Infant May Be Added To The Total Number Of Persons Permitted In A Room If A Portable Crib Is Available
35-45 dollars a night
Restaurants nearby
approx 63 miles from Terrell
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RODEWAY INN
3211 I 45 Huntsville, TX
40 Rooms / 2 Floors
Phone: 409-295-7595
Max 5 Persons In A Room.
49 to 59 dollars a night
restaurants nearby
approx 53  miles from Terrell
 
 

PLACES TO EAT IN HUNTSVILLE

Angelo's Pizza 1627 Sam Houston Ave Huntsville, TX (409) 291-1131
Aramark Campus Dining Svc 1717 Avenue J Huntsville, TX (409) 291-8056
Bearkat Kitchen 1228 17th St Huntsville, TX (409) 295-6298
Blue Bonnet Cafe 243 Obannon Ranch Rd Huntsville, TX (409) 291-7783
Bullwinkle's Restaurant 1320 Interstate 45 Huntsville, TX (409) 291-8888
Burger King 107 Interstate 45 S Huntsville, TX (409) 291-2094
Cafe Texan 1120 Sam Houston Ave Huntsville, TX (409) 295-2381
Casa Tomas Mexican Restaurant 3315 Interstate 45 Huntsville, TX (409) 291-0752
Catfish Place 3400 Highway 19 Huntsville, TX (409) 295-8685
Chili's Grill & Bar 1406 Interstate 45 Huntsville, TX (409) 295-9375
China House 2105 Sam Houston Ave Huntsville, TX (409) 291-1830
Chinese Express 2019 Sam Houston Ave Huntsville, TX (409) 293-8778
Church's Chicken 2711 11th St Huntsville, TX (409) 291-9830
Cinco De Mayo 1548 11th St Huntsville, TX (409) 295-8131
Country Inn #3 625 Ih 45 S Huntsville, TX (409) 438-8046
Dairy Queen 3207 Interstate 45 Huntsville, TX (409) 291-0080
Denny's 3016 11th St Huntsville, TX (409) 291-6064
Domino's Pizza 1501 Sam Houston Ave # D Huntsville, TX (409) 291-1451
El Chico Restaurant 1833 Interstate 45 Huntsville, TX (409) 295-9608
Fiesta Taqueria 1102 Highway 190 E Huntsville, TX (409) 294-0568
Golden Corral Family Steak Hse 2050 11th St Huntsville, TX (409) 291-6646
Hitching Post Restaurant  500 State Highway 75 N Huntsville, TX (409) 295-4427
Homestead On 19th St 1215 19th St Huntsville, TX (409) 291-7366
Imperial Garden Restaurant 1717 Interstate 45 Huntsville, TX (409) 295-7308
Jack In The Box 916 S Sam Houston Ave Huntsville, TX (409) 295-5821
Jose's Restaurant 3011 11th St # 301 Huntsville, TX (409) 294-0603
Junction Steak & Seafood 2641 11th St Huntsville, TX (409) 291-2183
Kettle Restaurant 1609 Interstate 45 Huntsville, TX (409) 291-7976
KFC 3020 11th St Huntsville, TX (409) 291-7511
La Cava 202 Highway 190 E Huntsville, TX (409) 291-0806
Long John Silver's 2101 Sam Houston Ave Huntsville, TX (409) 291-2391
Mazzio's Pizza 2421 Sam Houston Ave Huntsville, TX (409) 295-4300
Mc Donald's 1316 Interstate 45 Huntsville, TX (409) 291-6252
Mc Donald's 2719 11th St Huntsville, TX (409) 291-0113
Mc Donald's 1716 Interstate 45 Huntsville, TX (409) 291-2585
Mc Kenzie's Bar-B-Que 1706 11th St Huntsville, TX (409) 291-7347
Miss Charlotte's Ribs & Thangs 1120 Avenue F Huntsville, TX (409) 435-9949
Miss Charlotte's Ribs & Thangs 2530 Sycamore Ave Huntsville, TX (409) 435-9949
Mister Hamburger 710 11th St Huntsville, TX (409) 291-0571
Mr Gatti's Pizza 1523 Normal Park Dr Huntsville, TX (409) 291-8989
Murski's Icehouse 1229 Josey St, Huntsville, TX (409) 293-1600
Papa John's Pizza 2128 Sam Houston Ave Huntsville, TX (409) 295-9555
Pizza Hut  1700 11th St Huntsville, TX (409) 295-5586
Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits 2032 11th St Huntsville, TX (409) 295-2173
Putter Parlor Interstate 45 S Huntsville, TX (409) 295-8183
River Run 215 Fm 3454 Rd Huntsville, TX (409) 594-4009
Rosa's Restaurant 1075 Highway 75 N Huntsville, TX  (409) 291-6164
Sarge's Canteen 2 Financial Plz # 220 Huntsville, TX(409) 439-0101
Sonic Drive-In 2518 Sam Houston Ave Huntsville, TX(409) 295-9842
Subway Sandwiches & Salads 1621 Sam Houston Ave Huntsville, TX(409) 291-1317
Subway Sandwiches & Salads 3011 11th St # 101c Huntsville, TX (409) 291-7200
Taco Bell 2103 Sam Houston Ave Huntsville, TX(409) 295-6888
Taco Bell 1700 Interstate 45 Huntsville, TX (409) 291-2997
Tejas Cafe & Bar 102 Interstate 45 N Huntsville, TX(409) 291-1209
Texan Burger 2705 11th St Huntsville, TX (409) 291-6770
Wendy's 1928 Sam Houston Ave, Huntsville, TX(409) 295-7784
Whataburger Inc 1711 Interstate 45 Huntsville, TX(409) 291-8876
Zach's Bar & Grill 1226 17th St Huntsville, TX(409) 295-0938

PLACES TO EAT IN LIVINGSTON

Alma's Taqueria, 1908 N Washington Ave Livingston, TX (409) 327-7681
Burger King, Highway 190 W Livingston, TX (409) 327-3081
Cassity's Café, 705 N Washington Ave Livingston, TX (409) 327-5650
Catfish Bills, 3600 Highway 190 W Livingston, TX (409) 967-8134
Church's Chicken, 210 N Washington Ave Livingston, TX (409) 327-5787
Courthouse Whistle Stop, 318 N Washington Ave Livingston, TX (409) 327-3222
Dairy Queen, 1306 N Washington Ave Livingston, TX (409) 327-4045
Danrose Corp, 321 W Church St # 200 Livingston, TX (409) 327-7787
El Burrito Mexican Rest, 100 Southpoint Loop Livingston, TX (409) 327-3770
El Taquito, 2002 Highway 190 W Livingston, TX (409) 327-3935
 Fish Camp, Highway 59 Loop N Livingston, TX (409) 327-3503
 Florida's Kitchen, Fm 350 S Rd Livingston, TX (409) 967-4216
 Gary's Bar-B-Q, 2901 Highway 190 W Livingston, TX (409) 967-3599
 Hattie's Restaurant, Highway 59 N Livingston, TX (409) 327-2417
Hilton K On The Lake, 3324 Pridgen Rd Livingston, TX (409) 646-2423
Hunan Chinese Restaurant, 340 Pan American Dr Livingston, TX (409) 327-6239
 Indian Hill Waterfront, Indian Hill Blvd Livingston, TX (409) 967-0333
J & L Real Pit Bar-B-Que, 322 N Beatty St Livingston, TX (409) 327-2323
Lake Livingston Southland Park, Rr 9 Box 1893 Livingston, TX (409) 365-2063
 Lonestar Charlies Family, Highway 59 S Livingston, TX (409) 365-3017
Marino's Pizza & Pasta, Indian Spgs Livingston, TX (409) 563-2424
Mc Donald's, 1620 W Church St  Livingston, TX (409) 327-5171
Mc Donald's, W Church St Livingston, TX (409) 327-7676
Mc Kenzie's Barbeque, Commerce St Livingston, TX (409) 327-3221
Nell's, 212 S Houston St Livingston, TX (409) 327-3304
Oriental Foods Restaurant, 931 N Washington Ave Livingston, TX (409) 327-1255
Palm Tree, 1200 Highway 59 N Livingston, TX (409) 327-9555
Pizza Hut, 1221 N Washington Ave Livingston, TX (409) 327-3115
Shrimp Boat Manny's, 1324 W Church St Livingston, TX (409) 327-0100
Shrimp Hut, 402 1st St Livingston, TX (409) 327-5587
Sonic Drive-10008 W Church Livingston, TX   (409) 327-3101
Subway Sandwiches & Salads, 1501 W Church St # C Livingston, TX(409)327-3838
Taco Bell 1610 W Church St Livingston, TX (409) 327-4166
Tasty D' Lite 902 W Church St Livingston, TX (409) 327-3727
Texas Pepper 930 Highway 59 Loop N Livingston, TX (409) 327-2794
Tin Top Cafe Highway 59 N Livingston, TX (409) 327-9640
Whataburger Inc 1504 W Church St Livingston, TX (409) 327-5796
Yen Chung Chinese Restaurant,4350 Highway 190 W Livingston, TX (409) 967-3280