Jester III Unit

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Beauford H. Jester III Unit
Location 3 Jester Road
Richmond, Texas 77406
Coordinates 29°37′22″N 95°42′12″W / 29.6227167°N 095.7034667°W / 29.6227167; -095.7034667
Status Operational
Security class G1-G3, Outside Trusty
Capacity Unit: 810 Trusty Camp: 321
Opened July 1982
Managed by TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division
Warden Vicente Fernandez
County Fort Bend County
Country USA
Website www.tdcj.state.tx.us/unit_directory../j3.html
Aerial view of the Jester State Prison Farm, January 27, 2002, U.S. Geographic Survey

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.[1]

The unit was named after Governor of Texas Beauford H. Jester. Jester III opened in 1982. The land that Jester III sits on was purchased in 1885 by the state.[2]

In 2011 the prison's garment plant closed, and its operations were consolidated with the garment plant at Eastham Unit.[3]

In 2011 a middle school, James Bowie Middle School, and a strip commercial center opened across the street from Jester III and Jester IV Unit.[4][5]

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  1. ^ "Jester III Unit Archived 2008-08-21 at the Wayback Machine.." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on May 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Texas Dept of Criminal Justice. Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Turner Publishing Company. 2004. 91.
  3. ^ Ward, Mike. "Prison industry programs a victim of economic recession." Austin American-Statesman. Sunday September 4, 2011. Retrieved on September 23, 2011.
  4. ^ Ward, Mike. "As prison closes, could others be next?" Austin American-Statesman. Thursday August 11, 2011. Updated on Friday August 12, 2011. Retrieved on September 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "FBISD names the district’s 14th middle school campus opening in August 2011 – James Bowie Middle School." Fort Bend Independent School District. Retrieved on September 23, 2011. "James Bowie Middle School (Middle School #14), located at 700 Plantation Drive, in Richmond, Texas. "

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