Dolph Briscoe Unit

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Dolph Briscoe Unit
Dolph Briscoe Unit is located in Texas
Dolph Briscoe Unit
Location in Texas
Location1459 West Highway 85
Dilley, Texas 78017
Coordinates28°39′36″N 99°11′20″W / 28.6599500°N 099.1889000°W / 28.6599500; -099.1889000Coordinates: 28°39′36″N 99°11′20″W / 28.6599500°N 099.1889000°W / 28.6599500; -099.1889000
Security classG1, G2, G4
OpenedJanuary 1992
Managed byTDCJ Correctional Institutions Division
WardenMarie Ramirez
CountyFrio County

The Dolph Briscoe Unit (DB) or Briscoe Unit is a Texas state prison located near the town of Dilley in Frio County, Texas.

The unit opened in January 1992 and is named for former Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe.[1]

As of August 31, 2013 Briscoe Unit employs 233 people of which 165 are security related employees, 42 non security and 14 are employees of the Windham School District[2]

Offenders in the unit may have access to literacy education, as well as adult education and GED courses through the Windham School District programs, as well as English as a second language, special education and pre-release courses. The unit also runs career and technology programs for inmates including: construction carpentry, electrical trades, landscape design, construction and maintenance. Offenders may also have the opportunity of working with local community works projects such as with the local food bank, Habitat for Humanity and other local organizations.[2]

The unit also runs agricultural operations including maintenance of security animals (horses and dogs) and edible crops.[2]

In July 2021 the facility was cleared of domestic convicts and it is being rededicated to the incarceration of criminal border entrants under an order by Governor Abbott's Operation Lone Star.[3]


  1. ^ "TDCJ Unit Information" Archived January 28, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved: 2014-01-12
  2. ^ a b c [1], Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved:2014-01-12
  3. ^ Texas Tribune:July 7th, 2021:Texas Operation Lone Star empties prison for future use as immigration control facility

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