Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail

Looking for somebody in Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail? Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail is a prison in the Texas state prison system. This page will tell you about anything a person needs to know about Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail,like the following: Find an inmate at Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail. Visitation policies and procedures. The address and phone number. Mailing or sending money to an inmate. And much, much more.

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail
Year Opened: 1994
Type: Male
State: Texas
County: Jefferson
DOC: Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Security Level: J1 – J5, G2, Transient
Warden Name: Reginald Goings

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Contact Information

Here you will find the mailing address and street address for Gist Unit. Use the mailing address if you are going to mail a package or letter to an inmate at Gist Unit, and make sure to use the street address if you want to know the physical location of the prison.

Mailing Address

You should read over the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures heading below if you are going to send a package or letter to someone in prison so that you correctly address it, and do the correct procedure for sending a package or letter. If you do not follow the appropriate protocol, the letter or package might not get delivered.

Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail
3295 FM 3514
Beaumont TX, 77705

Street Address / Prison location


Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail
3295 FM 3514
Beaumont TX, 77705

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (**097)
Fax Number:

Map and Directions

Use the street address if you are going to visit a prisoner. You should read over the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule information below if you are going to go to visit someone in prison at Gist Unit.

Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail
3295 FM 3514
Beaumont TX, 77705


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Phone Number

Inmates don’t have phones in their cells, so you won’t be able to call an inmate, but, there are some times when it is useful to have the telephone number to Gist Unit.

Gist Unit prisoners may be able to call out with:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail inmates don’t have fax machines, so you can’t fax inmates, but there are some times when it might be necessary to have the fax machine number to the facility.

Email Address

The email address below is the primary email address for the facility. You cannot reach inmates at this email address. If you need to email a prisoner, read the Inmate Email heading below.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 2276
Total Staff: 374

Inmate Email

To send a letter via email to an inmate at Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail you must use an specific process to make sure that the letter gets to your inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Inmates do not have access to the Internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are important protocols that are necessary to follow when mailing mail to a inmate. If you don’t then the letters and packages might not be received.

Before you send anything, be sure to read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Gist Unit guards open and read all received general mail. Incoming general postal correspondence can be read as frequently as is necessary to ensure safety and security or watch a problem regarding an inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Shown here is the format for how you must address a letter to a prisoner at Gist Unit:

Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail
3295 FM 3514
Beaumont TX, 77705

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Inmate Money

Every state prison has a Commissary which was started to provide inmates a bank account for prisoner funds and for purchasing things not provided by the facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people may send funds to inmate’s Commissary accounts by sending it by Western Union and the U.S. Postal Service.

Via U.S. Postal Service: Inmates’ families and friends are able to send inmates funds in the postal service and must send the moneyh to the following address and do so in accordance with the rules provided below:

The deposit must be a money order made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is best if you use a U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be held for a 15-day hold period, in which the inmate will not have access to the depsoit. The Bureau of Prisons will return money orders that do not have correct inmate information provided the envelope it was sent it has an adequate return address. Checks and cash will not be deposited to the inmate’s account so do not send any cash or checks.

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Inmate Locator

Inmates are from time to time moved to various correctional facilities around the state, so you might need to find what facility an inmate is at using the inmate locator. Click the link below to look up an Texas prison inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other Texas state prisons: Texas State Prisons

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit an inmate at Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail, make sure you know the following information:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Each prison has their own rules for visitation and these rules get changed frequently. The procedures listed here could be different when you are reading this, so make sure to also check Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail’s official website to get the latest visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The front entrance officer ensures every visitor signs the prisoner visitors log upon entering the prison and upon leaving.

Identification Required

Photo identification of visitors will be required. The best forms of identification are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state picture id is OK.

For everything listed below, check out the main correctional facility website because this information is changed often:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Info about Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail records coming.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Details about Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail death row coming.

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Details about Texas parole procedures will be posted ASAP.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information about release procedures for Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail coming.

Inmate Programs

Educational Programs: Literacy (Adult Basic Education/GED), Title I, CHANGES/Pre-Release, Cognitive Intervention, Parenting Seminar
Career and Technology Programs: Business Computer Information Systems I, Technical Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting
Lamar State College Academic
Lamar State College Vocational: Drafting
Additional Programs/Services: Adult Education Program (upon availability), Life Decisions Program, HIV Peer Education, Crime Stoppers

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Prison Life

More information about what life is like at Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail coming soon.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A section on news at Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail will be posted ASAP.


A photo section to be added later.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail.

If you have any photos of Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you looking for a job at a prison? Have experience? Have you worked at a prison facility before?

If so, go to:

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Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • The right to protection from the accused.
  • The right to notification.
  • The right to attend proceedings.
  • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • The right to restitution.
  • The right to a speedy trial.
  • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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Family Resources

Section about family resources available at Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail coming.


A history section will be posted ASAP.

Such as:

  • Famous Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other Texas State Prisons: Texas State Prisons

Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail Links

The official website:

Texas Department of Criminal Justice Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail

Have you ever spent any time at Gist Unit (BJ) – Texas State Jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this correctional facility?

If you have, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

Things you can put in the review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison facility and layout
  • Guards and staff
  • Prison food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gang activity
  • Inmate activities and programs

If you are an inmate at Gist Unit, leave your mailing address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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