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Gib Lewis Unit

Gib Lewis Unit

777 FM 3497, Woodville, Texas 75990

Phone :
(409) 283-8181 (**040)
Website :
Inmate Locator :

Gib Lewis Unit Visiting Information:

Visiting Hours are as follows:
Visits are normally conducted on Saturdays and Sundays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The names of all visitors, 18 years old and older (except offender’s attorney), must be on the approved Visitors list, with a limit of 10 people. For more information on visiting an inmate click here and read the visiting rules and regulations. Since visiting times change frequently we suggest you contact the institution directly at the number provided above.

Gib Lewis Unit Additional information:

Unit Full Name: Gib Lewis Unit
Unit Address and Phone Number: 777 FM 3497, Woodville, TX 75990
(409) 283-8181 (**040)
Unit Location: One mile east of Woodville off Hwy 190 on FM 3497 in Tyler County
Senior Warden: Tommie Haynes
Regional Director: Richard Alford, Region I
CI Division Deputy Director: William L. Stephens
Date Unit Established or On Line: August 1990
Total Employees *: 585
Security Employees *: 449
Non-Security Employees *: 88
Windham Education Employees *: 12
Contract Medical and Psychiatric Employees *: Medical = 36; Psychiatric = 0
Offender Gender: Male


No time limit unless space availability is limited.

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23 Responses to Gib Lewis Unit

  1. jackie January 29, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    I was wondering if I can send a letter to my husband a big letter cards for valentines cards is the size of a notebook?

    • PrisonPath January 30, 2013 at 2:59 am #

      Hi Jackie,
      We do not know of a regulation against sending a card that size,but you can call the facility for confirmation.

  2. Pamela Lewis February 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    How long does it take to get a visitor list approved? It’s been 30 days and its the 1st time he’s turned one in. Also, how do you know your approved? Thank you.

    • PrisonPath February 15, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

      Hi Pamela,

      It should not take 30 days. I would recommend contacting the facility for further information. The prison’s web site has extensive information about visitation. Note the Gib Lewis Unit’s visitation checklist:
      The following checklist may be beneficial:

      Confirm the offender is assigned to the unit you are planning to visit, has visitation privileges and that you are on the Visitors List.

      Bring valid identification (ID).

      If you have made special arrangements with the unit, call prior to leaving to ensure that plans for your visit have been made and are in place.

      Check clothing for compliance with visiting rules and regulations.
      • If you are bringing a child and you are not the legal guardian or parent, you MUST have the notarized statement from the child’s legal guardian or parent with you. A copy is located on the TDCJ website, nce_notice_to_offender_visitors.html.

      Before leaving home, check your vehicle for contraband and/or hazardous items. This includes, but is not limited to, implements of escape, drug paraphernalia, illegal narcotics, intoxicants, poisons, any items that pose a danger to others, weapons, knives, scissors, firearms, and any item used to show a gang affiliation. Remove these items before entering the correctional facility grounds.

      Arrive on the designated day during proper visiting hours.

      Do not have any contraband on you when you enter the facility. Leave purses, food items, diaper bags, briefcases, cameras, baby strollers, toys, dolls, photographs, tobacco, lighters, matches, cell phones, pagers or any other type of electronic/wireless devices in your vehicle. Be sure to secure (lock) your vehicle.

      Do not leave minor children waiting in the car while you visit, or your visit will be terminated.

      Remember to treat correctional staff with respect.

      Do not bring anything to the visiting room to give to the offender. Offenders are not permitted to take anything from the visiting area or receive any item from visitors.

      Ensure that you have NO paper money on you. A maximum of $25 in coins is allowed.

  3. salinas March 30, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    wus wondering if yall can help me with me sending some money to my son, i went too a western union here in town and they i need a code city, can you please help.. thanks

    • PrisonPath March 31, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

      Hi Salinas,

      Please note the following information about sending money to an inmate:

      The Inmate Trust Fund, provides a place of
      safekeeping for funds an offender may have
      access to, but not physic
      al control of during
      their confinement.
      Several Trust Fund deposit options are now
      available and include:








      Note: Sender’s name and address is
      required when making a deposit to an
      offender’s account.

      Money orders or cashier’s checks
      payable to “Inmate Trust Fund for
      Offender Name and Number
      ”; obtain
      deposit slips from offender or by
      sending an addressed, stamped envelope
      to Inmate Trust Fund; send deposits
      and/or requests for deposit slips to
      Inmate Trust Fund, P.O. Box 60,
      Huntsville, TX 77342-0060, Phone
      number: (936) 438-8990.

      Monthly Checking Account Debit (ACH)
      (Free service provided by TDCJ.)
      complete an ACH authorization form and
      have a set amount automatically debited
      from a personal checking account once
      each month for deposit to a specified
      offender; attach a voided check from the
      account to be debited; debit transaction
      will occur on the
      of each month;
      submit form with voided check to Inmate
      Trust Fund, P.O. Box 60, Huntsville, TX

  4. Concerned Mom June 3, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    I was told that I could have envelopes & writing tablets sent to my son at this facility. I would like to know if anyone can help me out by letting me know where I can purchase this service. Than you in advance for your attention & courtesies to this matter.

    • PrisonPath June 3, 2013 at 1:58 am #

      Hi Concerned Mom,

      Please note that your son can purchase such supplies from the commissary.Please note the following In addition, information for your son about prison survival, click this link.


      No offender is allowed to possess money
      in confinement. Offenders are provided meals,
      certain personal items
      and clothing. Grocery
      items, specific personal
      hygiene items and
      other goods may be purchased by offenders
      unit commissaries. Payment for
      commissary items is completed by transferring
      funds from
      the offender’s trust
      fund account
      to the agency’s commissary
      The offender may spend up
      to $85.00 on
      merchandise every two weeks.
      this amount may be less
      determined by the offender’s custody status

      The spend limit does not apply to special items
      such as typewriters, some clothing items, fans
      or tennis shoes. These special purchase items
      are made specifically for an institutional
      environment. They must be bought directly
      from the commissary by the offender for the
      offender’s personal use.
      The TDCJ has initiated an on-line program
      ) where friends
      and family may purchase up to $50.00 of
      certain commissary items every calendar
      quarter for eligible offenders. The items
      available for purchase include certain snacks,
      hygiene products, correspondence supplies
      and newly packaged items. The amount
      purchased will not affect the amount that
      offenders may spend on commissary items
      from funds deposited into their inmate trust
      fund accounts. In addition to offenders on
      commissary restriction, offenders in general
      population and state jail levels four and five,
      protective custody five and six, and
      administrative segregation levels two and three
      are not eligible to receive commissary
      purchases through this program

  5. Candy July 26, 2013 at 2:23 am #

    Hello, I noticed JPAY is a valid way to send money to inmates. My brother just got transferred there. Would he still have the same inmate ID in JPAY? If so how soon would he be able to receive funds?

    • PrisonPath July 26, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

      Hi Candy,

      Please note the following information. We recommend that you contact Jpay directly for your answers.

      (fees vary) allows you to send money
      to an offender for service fees ranging
      from $3.95 to $10.95. Visit their website
      or call 1-800-574-JPAY
      to send funds using Visa, Discover or
      MasterCard credit/debit cards.

  6. Joshua August 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Is there a way to get a list of all the prisoners names at the Gib Lewis facility?

  7. sister September 2, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    I wish to see or talk to my brother I would like to no if there’s any taxis avalible his way and if there’s any chance for him to call home thank you

    • PrisonPath September 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

      Hi Sister,

      For information about the Gib Lewis Unit, click this link for the family guide.

  8. erica mosley September 2, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    my husband just got there on d 26 of aug how long will it be befor he can have a vist from his family .

    • PrisonPath September 2, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

      Hi Erica,

      In order to visit, it is required that you are on your husband’s visitation list. For additional information about visitation to the Gib Lewis Unit, click this link.

      For information about prison life, click this link.

  9. Harold October 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    I will be visiting a relative next wee and need to know if I can take magazines to him.
    Thank you.

    • PrisonPath October 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

      Hi Harold,

      Do not bring anything including magazines to the visiting room to
      give to the offender. Offenders are not
      permitted to take anything from the visiting
      area or receive any item from visitor.
      For information about prison life, click the 25 Rules for Prison Survival. or click
      what is prison really like.

  10. leah November 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    could you tell me if Seg inmates can still send and recieve mail while on lockdown in the gib lewis unit.
    please thank you

    • PrisonPath November 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

      Hi Leah,

      It is our understanding that most prisons allow inmates on Seg to send and receive mail. We recommend calling the facility to confirm the information. For information about prison life, read about prison life.

  11. Kimberly Hatch Kana February 19, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    I was just wanting to check on my baby brother. is he behaving himself. is he taking his meds as prescribed. im worried about him because I don’t hear from him too often and I was wondering if you could answer my questions and relay to him that I want him to write me or call me.

    • PrisonPath February 19, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

      Hi Kimberly, is not connected or affiliated with any prison. For information about an inmate, you need to obtain the information from the inmate. We recommend that you contact the prison chaplain for assistance.

  12. Ellen March 17, 2014 at 2:39 am #

    My nephew is there on wrong path he calls me from a cell phone and told me they pass it threw a mop bucket him a big red guy white guy and a big country blk guy and a Mexican he told me and his sons mother he’s passing the phone in a mop bucket and has big red hold his weed he sales that a gaurd sends her mmoney for gas to vist n she sneaks in phones and weed for him and they’re sexually involved and that he has her phone calling ppl private now his phone got took by a boy trying to pass it from going to school instead of in the mop buckethow they usually do it. This is observed my nephew killed some man he should not have these privileges to b pampers by a guard.

  13. Lisa April 2, 2019 at 5:09 am #

    Hello, I was just wondering if Lewis Unit would allow my fiancé and I to get married while he is doing his time at the facility.

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