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Correctional Institutions Division - Prison

John Cirone
Senior Warden

Briscoe (DB)

ACA Accredited Unit Since January 2003


Dolph Briscoe Unit
1459 West Highway 85
Dilley, TX 78017

Phone: (830) 965-4444 (**052)

Location: One quarter mile west of IH-35 on Highway 85 in Frio County

Unit Full Name: Dolph Briscoe Unit

Senior Warden: John Cirone

Regional Director: Elbert Holmes, Region IV

Deputy Division Director: Eric Guerrero

Date Unit Established or On Line: January 1992

Total Employees: 233

Security Employees: 165

Non-Security Employees: 42

Windham Education Employees: 14

Contract Medical and Mental Health Employees: Medical = 12; Mental Health = 0

Inmate Gender: Male

Capacity: 1,132 (628 TDCJ Inmates) (504 Confinees)

Custody Levels Housed: G1, G2, G4

Approximate Acreage: 426

Agricultural Operations: Security Horses, Security Pack Canines, Edible Crops, Texas Gleaning Project

Manufacturing and Logistics Op.: None

Facility Operations: Unit Maintenance

Additional Operations: None

Medical Capabilities: Ambulatory medical and dental services available. All services on a single level, including CPAP accommodating housing. Telemedicine and Digital Medical Services (DMS) available. Managed by UTMB.

Educational Programs: Literacy (Adult Basic Education/GED), Special Education, CHANGES/Pre-Release, English as a Second Language, Cognitive Intervention; Career and Technology Programs: Construction Carpentry; Electrical Trades; Landscape Design, Construction and Maintenance; Southwest Texas Junior College Academic; Southwest Texas Junior College Vocational: Construction Carpentry; Construction Carpentry II

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

Community Work Projects: Services provided to city agencies, the area food bank, local organizations, and Habitat for Humanity.

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