Dempsie Henley State Jail

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Dempsie Henley State Jail is a Texas Department of Criminal Justice state jail for women located in unincorporated Liberty County, Texas.[1] It is located on Texas State Highway 321, 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Dayton. The facility, on an approximately 394-acre (159 ha) plot of land, is co-located with the Hightower Prison Unit and the Plane State Jail.[2] Henley is designed to hold around 500 prisoners.[3]

Henley was dedicated on Friday, June 30, 1995. The facility was named after Dempsie Henley, who served as a Liberty County judge. Henley served for 16 years before he retired around January 1995. Henley had a stroke around that time, and he died on May 16, 1995.[3]


  1. ^ "2020 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Liberty County, TX" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. p. 20 (PDF p. 21/43). Retrieved 2022-08-14. Dempsie Henley State Jail
  2. ^ "Henley Unit Archived 2010-07-25 at the Wayback Machine." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on July 23, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Horswell, Cindy. "For hard-hit economy of Liberty County, crime officially pays" (). Houston Chronicle. Thursday June 29, 1995. A30. Retrieved on July 23, 2010.

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Coordinates: 30°06′18″N 94°55′48″W / 30.105°N 94.930°W / 30.105; -94.930