Louis C. Powledge Unit

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Louie C. Powledge Unit
Location1400 FM 3452
Palestine, Texas 75803
Coordinates31°44′00″N 95°48′15″W / 31.7334000°N 095.8042833°W / 31.7334000; -095.8042833
Security classG2, G3, Administrative Segregation, Outside Trusty
CapacityUnit: 816 Trusty Camp: 321
OpenedJuly 1982
Former nameBeto II Unit
Managed byTDCJ Correctional Institutions Division
WardenJimmy Bowman
CountyAnderson County
Aerial view of the Coffield Prison Farm Property (The Powledge, Beto, Coffield, Gurney, and Michael units)
1977 United States Geological Survey map of the land which now houses the Powledge Unit

The Louie C. Powledge Unit (B2, originally the Beto II Unit) is a Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) prison for men located in unincorporated Anderson County, Texas.[1] The approximately 20,518-acre (8,303 ha) unit, co-located with the Beto, Coffield, and Michael prison units and the Gurney Unit transfer facility, is along Farm to Market Road 3452. The facility is located off of Farm to Market Road 645, 7 miles (11 km) west of Palestine.[2]

The unit opened in July 1982 as the Beto II Unit.[3] It was originally named after former Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) head George Beto.[4] Construction of the bus repair facility began in October 1982 and ended in October 1984. The unit acquired additional acreage in October 1986. Construction of a 200-person trusty camp facility began in 1987 and ended in January 1989. In October 1988 the bus repair facility was converted into a manufacturer of dump beds and spreader boxes for the Highway Department dump trucks and of jail steel products for the construction of additional TDCJ units. The Louis C. Powledge Unit received its current name on May 5, 1995, after Louie C. Powledge, a former Assistant Director of Contract Construction.[3]

In 2011 the Stiles Unit metal products plant closed. Its operations were consolidated with those of Powledge and Coffield Unit.[5]

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  1. ^ "2020 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Anderson County, TX" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. p. 24 (PDF p. 25/41). Retrieved 2022-08-14. Louis C Powledge Unit
  2. ^ "Powledge Unit Archived 2010-07-25 at the Wayback Machine." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on May 13, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Turner Publishing Company, 2004. 104. ISBN 1-56311-964-1, ISBN 978-1-56311-964-4.
  4. ^ "Beto, George John." Handbook of Texas. Retrieved on August 8, 2010.
  5. ^ Ward, Mike. "Prison industry programs a victim of economic recession." Austin American-Statesman. Sunday September 4, 2011. Retrieved on September 23, 2011.
  6. ^ "Offender Information Search: Jeffs, Warren Steed" (Archive). Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on December 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "[offender.tdcj.texas.gov/OffenderSearch/offenderDetail.action?sid=08977806 Routh, Eddie Ray]" (Archive). Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on December 28, 2015.
  8. ^ "Offender Information Detail". Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Archived from the original on 2009-07-05. Retrieved 2009-07-10. TDCJ Number 01110642 - SID 04236244
  9. ^ "Offender Search Archived 2012-03-03 at the Wayback Machine." -- Enter "Royce Zeigler". TDCJ ID 01605580. Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on September 23, 2010.
  10. ^ "Offender Information Detail: Hornbuckle, Terry". Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Archived from the original on 2015-12-27. Retrieved 2010-06-05. () TDCJ Number 01400102 - SID 07475658

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