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Larry Gist State Jail

Larry Gist State Jail

3295 FM 3514, Beaumont, Texas 77705

Phone :
(409) 727-8400 (**097)
Website :
Inmate Locator :

Larry Gist State Jail 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.

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Larry Gist State Jail Additional information:

Families and friends of offenders are
encouraged to write often. Letters sent to
offenders should include the offender’s name,
TDCJ number, and unit address
ex.html) on the envelope. All mail for
offenders must be received through authorized
channels. Letters for different offenders
should not be included in the same envelope.
Offenders are not allowed to correspond with
other offenders without meeting specific
criteria stated in Board Policy 03.91–Uniform
Offender Correspondence Rules (Section I.B.1).
Mail is forwarded to offenders who transfer
from one unit to another within TDCJ. Letters
will be forwarded to offenders who are
released from prison, if the offender provides a
forwarding address at his last unit of

Inmates are allowed to receive letters and photos (no polaroids, or nude photos).  Some institutions will allow you to send paper, read the guide for family members and friends of inmates for more information.  Your complete name and address must be written legibly in the return address area of the envelope.  When sending correspondence always include the inmates name and Identification number as the mailing address above shows, if you know the housing unit please list that as well.  Do not mark the envelope or letter in any way.  No stamps, pens or pencils, small trinkets, or jewelry or other items should ever be mailed with the correspondence.  Staples, paperclips, lipstick, perfume, crayon art, stickers, drawings or markings of any kind will result in the correspondence being returned.  Inmates may also receive New paperback books, magazines, newspapers or other printed matter mailed directly from the following: (Be sure to include the inmate name and ID number and send to the inmate mailing address above).Unit Full Name: Larry Gist State Jail
Unit Address and Phone Number: 3295 FM 3514, Beaumont, TX 77705
(409) 727-8400 (**097)
Unit Location: FM 3514 off Hwy 69 South between Beaumont and Port Arthur in Jefferson County
Senior Warden: Rocky Moore
Regional Director: Lorie Davis, Region III
CI Division Deputy Director: William L. Stephens
Date Unit Established or On Line: November 1994
Total Employees *: 378
Security Employees *: 264
Non-Security Employees *: 72
Windham Education Employees *: 20
Contract Medical and Psychiatric Employees *: Medical = 22; Psychiatric = 0
Offender Gender: Male
Maximum Capacity *: 2,276
Custody Levels Housed: J1-J5
G1, G2, Transient
Approximate Acreage: 776 (Co-located with Stiles and LeBlanc)

No offender is allowed to possess money while
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
from unit commissaries. Payment for
commissary items is completed by transferring
funds from the offender’s trust fund account
to the agency’s commissary account.
The offender may spend up to $85.00 on
ordinary merchandise every two weeks.
However, this amount may be less as
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.


No time limit unless space availability is limited.

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  1. Delora Sims September 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    I have a grandson at Gist unit and would like to know the mailing address of the parole board so that I can wright a letter of support for him, Thanks

    • PrisonPath September 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm #


      The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles web site noted the following:

      Q: What kind of information do I include in a support letter and where do I send it?

      A: Include information that demonstrates to the parole panel that an offender has a support system in place upon release. Letters may include information regarding employment/potential employment, residence, transportation, available treatment programs (as applicable), or other information the writer feels would be helpful to the parole panel in making their decision. Be sure to include the offender’s name and TDCJ number. Send letters to: Review and Release Processing, TDCJ Parole Division, P.O. Box 13401, Capitol Station, Austin, TX 78711.

  2. Delora Sims September 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    Thanks for your information and timely response, Delora

  3. Erica Duck October 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Hi, my fiancée just got transferred from Montgomery County to Gist. How do I write him, also, how do I accept /receive his calls, and do commissary? And how do you guys do visitation? How do I put money on my postpaid cell phone and home phone? Are inmates allowed to receive books or anything?

    • PrisonPath October 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

      Hi Erica,

      It would be best to use our link to the Gist facility. If you go to their web site, you will find the information that you need regarding visitation, phones, commissary, etc.

  4. Brandi Collins December 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    Howfinding out jail release

    • PrisonPath December 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

      Hi Brandi,

      Try and use the offender research section.

  5. Breanna January 7, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Do you have to be 18 or older to visit an inmate?

    • PrisonPath January 7, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

      Hi Breanna,

      A visitor under 18 has to be with an adult visitor ( over 18 )who is on the inmate’s approved visitor list.

  6. linda williams January 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    is larry gist state jail currently under lockdown and for how much longer?

    • PrisonPath January 13, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

      Hi Linda,

      To find out whether any prison is locked down, you need to call the facility.

  7. grace white February 13, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    My husband might be transferred there and i wanted to know about the jail. is it a ok one and do they have any programs?

    • PrisonPath February 13, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

      Hi Grace,

      On the whole, Texas prisons are not the best prisons in the United States. Of course, any prison is not good. For specific details about Gist, click the web site link posted on the top of this prison page.

  8. regina April 4, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    I would like more things this prison

    • PrisonPath April 5, 2013 at 1:05 am #

      Hi Regina,


  9. vera April 13, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    My son just got moved to gist unit how long before anyone can visit I was told 30 to 45 days and putting money on there books might take a week he just got there on the 10th so I know he’s going to miss a visit but we wrote him already to let him know thanks any feedback would be nice.

  10. Marissa May 15, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    My dad is about to go to larry gist within the next week or two and im trying to figure ot how to set up the phone, so he can call my mother & myself does anyone know if you still go through the offender connect or some other phone account?

    • PrisonPath May 15, 2013 at 1:42 am #

      Hi Marissa,

      Please note the following information below about telephone. You may also find the following information helpful about prison life, click this link.

      he Offender Telephone System (OTS) allows
      eligible offenders to make telephone calls to
      individuals listed on the offender’s approved
      calling list. Offenders with major disciplinary
      problems, gang affiliations or on death row do
      not have access to the pay telephone system.
      Before you can receive calls from a TDCJ
      offender, you must first register your
      telephone number. To register, contact the
      telephone vendor at 1-866-806-7804 or
      through the vendor’s website at
      To register you will be required to confirm that
      you are the registered owner of the telephone
      number and will not forward or make three (3)­
      way calls received from the offender. You
      must also be at least 18 years old and agree to
      allow the offender to call.
      The following rules apply to the OTS:

      Calls are limited in length;

      All calls, except to the Attorney of
      Record, are recorded and subject to

      Calls may only be made to landline
      telephone numbers and post-paid cell
      phones; no calls are allowed to pre-paid
      cell or Internet telephone service or
      international numbers; and

  11. Ruben June 4, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    Do I need a Texas i.d to visit an inmate? I wanna take my 4 month old daughter to visit my cousin also. Do I need to have my daughter on the visitation list also?

    • PrisonPath June 4, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

      Hi Ruben,

      You need a photo id from any state or the federal government. Regarding your 4 month old daughter, we recommend that you call the facility directly for the answer.

  12. PrisonPath June 23, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    From Prisonpath–

    Since we have received so many questions about visitation, Please note the Prison’s 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
    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
    have the
    notarized statement from the child’s legal
    guardian or parent with you. A copy is located
    on the TDCJ website,
    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
    Do not leave minor children waiting in the car
    while you visit, or your visit will be terminated.
    Remember to treat correctional staff with
    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.

  13. Rosie June 29, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    Does anyone know if this unit is on lockdown?

  14. Tisha August 1, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Hi I was told that Larry Gist is shutting down. Is this rumor true? What happens with the inmates if so?

  15. chrissy August 11, 2013 at 12:16 am #

    how many kids i bring w me

  16. lyssa September 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    How do I set up my cell phone to where I can receive calls from the jail?

  17. Richard earl rogers August 21, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    Hi my husband in he was transferred from Monterey county I want to know how do I mail off his and put money on his book and do I put on top of the letter.thank you Charmaine. Moore

    • PrisonPath August 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm #


      Please review our updated information on the Larry Gist Jail page for mailing an inmate. For information about prison life, read
      the 25 Rules.

  18. mandi August 23, 2014 at 12:06 am #

    how do I order commissary online to send to my boyfriend

    • PrisonPath August 24, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

      Hi Mandi,

      Please review our updated additional information section on the Larry Gist State Jail page about commissary.

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