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Correctional Institutions Division - State Operated State Jail

Robert Almanza
Senior Warden

Wheeler (WR)

ACA Accredited Unit Since April 2005


J.B. Wheeler State Jail
986 County Road AA
Plainview, TX 79072

Phone: (806) 293-1081 (**087)

Location: Five miles east of Plainview on Hwy 70 in Hale County

Unit Full Name: J.B. Wheeler State Jail

Senior Warden: Robert Almanza

Regional Director: Lonnie "L.E." Townsend, Region V

Deputy Division Director: Richard Babcock

Date Unit Established or On Line: March 1995

Total Employees: 127

Security Employees: 91

Non-Security Employees: 25

Windham Education Employees: 6

Contract Medical and Mental Health Employees: Medical = 5; Mental Health = 0

Inmate Gender: Male

Capacity: 576

Custody Levels Housed: J1, J2; G1, G2

Approximate Acreage: 601 (Co-located with Formby)

Agricultural Operations: Wheeler and Formby work in cooperation: Contract Farming, Unit Garden, and Security Horses.

Manufacturing and Logistics Op.: None

Facility Operations: Unit Maintenance

Additional Operations: Scent-Specific Canines

Medical Capabilities: Ambulatory medical and dental services. Telemedicine Services available. All services on a single level, including CPAP accommodating housing. Managed by Texas Tech.

Educational Programs: Literacy (Adult Basic Education/GED), CHANGES/Pre-Release, Cognitive Intervention; Career and Technology Programs: Business Computer Information Systems I

Additional Programs/Services: Adult Education Program (upon availability), Chaplaincy Services, Faith-Based Dormitory, GO KIDS Initiative, Reentry Planning

Community Work Projects: Services provided to city and county agencies, local organizations, and Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Volunteer Initiatives: Employment/Job Skills, Support Groups, Religious/Faith-Based Studies and Activities