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Correctional Institutions Division - State Operated State Jail

Charles Meador
Senior Warden

Cole (CL)

ACA Accredited Unit Since January 2000


Buster Cole State Jail
3801 Silo Road
Bonham, TX 75418

Phone: (903) 583-1100 (**102)

Location: Three miles west of Bonham, at the corner of FM 87 and Old Silo Road in Fannin County

Unit Full Name: Buster Cole State Jail

Senior Warden: Charles Meador

Regional Director: Carol Monroe, Region II

Deputy Division Director: Miguel Martinez

Date Unit Established or On Line: August 1995

Total Employees: 226

Security Employees: 164

Non-Security Employees: 39

Windham Education Employees: 11

Contract Medical and Mental Health Employees: Medical = 11; Mental Health = 1

Inmate Gender: Male

Capacity: 900

Custody Levels Housed: J1-J5, G2, Transient

Approximate Acreage: 697 (Co-located with C. Moore)

Agricultural Operations: Cole and C. Moore work in cooperation: Unit Garden, Contract Farming and Grazing, Security Horses, and Unit Food Bank Garden Program.

Manufacturing and Logistics Op.: None

Facility Operations: Unit Maintenance

Additional Operations: None

Medical Capabilities: Ambulatory medical, dental, and mental health services. All services on single level, including CPAP accommodating housing. Managed by UTMB.

Educational Programs: Literacy (Adult Basic Education/GED), CHANGES/Pre-Release, Cognitive Intervention; Career and Technology Programs: Electrical Trades; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Additional Programs/Services: Faith-Based Dormitory, Adult Education Program (upon availability), Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED), Chaplaincy Services, Community Tours, GO KIDS Initiative

Community Work Projects: Services provided to city agencies, local organizations, the area food bank, the Texas Department of Transportation, and Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Volunteer Initiatives: Substance Abuse Education, Literacy/Education, Support Groups, Employment/Job Skills, Life Skills, Parent Training, Religious/Faith-Based Studies and Activities, Storybook Project