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Correctional Institutions Division - Prison

Anthony Newton
Senior Warden

Ellis (E)

ACA Accredited Unit Since May 2001


O.B. Ellis Unit
1697 FM 980
Huntsville, TX 77343

Phone: (936) 295-5756 (**010)

Location: Twelve miles north of Huntsville at 1697 FM 980 in Walker County

Unit Full Name: O.B. Ellis Unit

Senior Warden: Anthony Newton

Regional Director: Daniel Dickerson, Region I

Deputy Division Director: Eric Guerrero

Family Liaison Coordinator: Trenda Doze

Date Unit Established or On Line: July 1965

Total Employees: 400

Security Employees: 264

Non-Security Employees: 99

Windham Education Employees: 17

Contract Medical and Mental Health Employees: Medical = 18; Mental Health = 2

Inmate Gender: Male

Capacity: Unit: 2,073; Trusty Camp: Idled

Custody Levels Housed: G1-G5, Security Detention

Approximate Acreage: 11,427

Agricultural Operations: Ellis and Estelle work in cooperation: Cotton Gin, Cow/Calf Operation, Egg Laying Operation, Farm Shop, Edible and Field Crops, Security Horses, Security Pack Canines, and Swine Farrowing/Nursery/Finishing Operations.

Manufacturing and Logistics Op.: Bus Repair Facility; Garment Factory; Chair Factory

Facility Operations: Region I (Huntsville Region) Maintenance Headquarters; Region I Asbestos; Unit Maintenance

Additional Operations: In-Service Training Facility

Medical Capabilities: Ambulatory medical, dental, and mental health services. CPAP accommodating housing available. Managed by UTMB.

Special Treatment Programs: Gang Renouncement and Disassociation Process (GRAD); Returning Population Gang Renouncement and Disassociation (RP-GRAD); Champions Youth Program (CYP)

Educational Programs: Literacy (Adult Basic Education/GED), Special Education, CHANGES/Pre-Release, Cognitive Intervention; Career and Technology Programs: Computer Maintenance Technician; Lee College Academic; Lee College Vocational: Cabinetmaking; Horticulture; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Additional Programs/Services: Faith-Based Dormitory, Gang Renouncement and Disassociation (GRAD) Process, Adult Education Program (upon availability), Peer Education, Reentry Planning, Chaplaincy Services, GO KIDS Initiative

Community Work Projects: Services provided to county agencies.

Volunteer Initiatives: Substance Abuse Education, Literacy/Education, Life Skills, Support Groups, Religious/Faith-Based Studies and Activities