Dalhart Unit

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Dalhart Unit
Dalhart Unit is located in Texas
Dalhart Unit
Location in Texas
Location11950 FM 998
Dalhart, Texas 79022
Coordinates36°01′23″N 102°33′33″W / 36.0230556°N 102.5591667°W / 36.0230556; -102.5591667Coordinates: 36°01′23″N 102°33′33″W / 36.0230556°N 102.5591667°W / 36.0230556; -102.5591667
Security classG1, G2, G4
OpenedFebruary 1995
Managed byTDCJ Correctional Institutions Division
WardenBilly Thompson
CountyHartley County

The Dalhart Unit is a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for men located in unincorporated Hartley County, Texas.[1] The unit is along Farm to Market Road 998 and near U.S. Highway 54, 4 miles (6.4 km) west and 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Dalhart.[2] It is located next to Dalhart Municipal Airport. As of 2000 Dalhart serves minimum and medium security inmates.[3]


The unit opened in February 1995.[2] The unit was named in memory of R.C. Johnson, a longtime sheriff of Dallam County, and Steve Booth, a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper who was killed.[4] In September 2007 62% of the prison's job positions were filled, making the Dalhart Unit among the most under-staffed units in the state. In October 2007 an entire wing of the prison was closed because there were too few officers to properly monitor the wing.[5] Staffing is a constant problem, press reports indicated that in 2018, the facility was at 51% staffing.[6]


  1. ^ "2020 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Hartley County, TX" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. p. 4 (PDF p. 5/28). Retrieved 2022-08-15. Dalhart Unit
  2. ^ a b "Dalhart Unit Archived 2010-07-25 at the Wayback Machine." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on June 4, 2010.
  3. ^ "Dalhart prison fight leads to lockdown." Amarillo Globe-News. Saturday August 19, 2000. Retrieved on January 20, 2011.
  4. ^ "1995 Annual Report." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on July 21, 2010.
  5. ^ Ward, Mike. "Corrections officers to press state officials for pay raises to help with staff shortage." Austin American-Statesman. Thursday January 10, 2008. Retrieved on June 4, 2010.
  6. ^ Blakinger, Keri (9 August 2018). "After $9 million in hiring bonuses, Texas prisons still face 14 percent guard vacancy". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 11 August 2018.

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