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Communications Department

Amanda Hernandez, Director
Amanda Hernandez

Amanda Hernandez, Director of Communications

Robert Hurst, Communications Officer


PO Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 437-6052
Fax: (936) 437-6055

The Communications Department works with news media throughout the world to tell the TDCJ story, and to assist reporters in covering prison events and understanding the objectives of the agency. Information is given to news media as allowed by TDCJ policy and according to current state public information laws.


As a public agency, the TDCJ shall maintain a position of cooperation and responsiveness in informing the media concerning TDCJ operations and accomplishments. The actions of the TDCJ shall reflect this position. News media shall have access to inmates to the extent that such access does not disrupt the safe and secure operation of the unit/facility, impair the rehabilitation of an inmate, or detract from the deterrence of crime. More...

Media Policies Regarding Inmate Interviews

Information for news media representatives who wish to interview an inmate at a TDCJ unit, including approval procedure, interview restrictions, dress code, restricted items, etc. Click here...