|Location||3 Jester Road|
Richmond, Texas 77406
|Security class||G1-G3, Outside Trusty|
|Capacity||Unit: 810; Trusty Camp: 321|
|Managed by||TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division|
|County||Fort Bend County|
The Beauford H. Jester III Unit (J3) is a Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) prison farm located in unincorporated Fort Bend County, Texas, United States. The unit is along U.S. Highway 90A, 4 miles (6.4 km) east of central Richmond. The unit, which opened in July 1982 with about 940 acres (380 ha) of land, is co-located with Jester I Unit, Carol Vance Unit, and Jester IV Unit. Together with its trusty camp, it houses 1,131 inmates.
The unit was named after Governor of Texas Beauford H. Jester, the namesake for the entire prison farm. Jester III opened in 1982. The land that Jester III sits on was purchased in 1885 by the state.
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