Mark Stiles Unit

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Mark W. Stiles Unit
Mark Stiles Unit is located in Texas
Mark Stiles Unit
Location in Texas
Location3060 FM 3514
Beaumont, Texas 77705
Coordinates29°59′36″N 94°03′01″W / 29.9932333°N 094.0503167°W / 29.9932333; -094.0503167Coordinates: 29°59′36″N 94°03′01″W / 29.9932333°N 094.0503167°W / 29.9932333; -094.0503167
StatusOperational
Security classList of security classification of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Capacity2,981
OpenedJune 1993
Managed byTDCJ Correctional Institutions Division
WardenCalvin Tucker
CountyJefferson County
CountryUnited States
Websitetdcj.state.tx.us/unit_directory../st.html

Mark W. Stiles Unit is a Texas Department of Criminal Justice men's prison located in an unincorporated area of Jefferson County, Texas, near Beaumont. The unit, located along Farm to Market Road 3514, is 4 miles (6.4 km) southeast of downtown Beaumont. The approximately 776 acres (314 ha) unit is co-located with the Gist Unit and the LeBlanc Unit.[1]

The unit opened in June 1993. The unit serves as the University of Texas Medical Branch hub site for treatment of HIV and other infectious diseases.[1] As a result, the Stiles facility houses many HIV positive prisoners.[2] A hospice for prisoners with HIV opened at Stiles in 1997.[3]

The unit has offered Buddhist meditation classes since 2003.[4]

In 2011 the metal products plant closed; its operations were consolidated to the plants at the Coffield Unit and the Powledge Unit.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stiles Unit Archived January 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on July 20, 2010.
  2. ^ Bass, Emily. "Separate but Equal?" HIV Positive. December/January 2000. No. 6. Here Publishing. 30. Retrieved from Google Books on July 20, 2010. ISSN 1522-3086.
  3. ^ "Providing Services To Inmates Living With HIV," Centers for Disease Control. August 2001. 3 (3/3). Retrieved on July 20, 2010.
  4. ^ Turner, Allan. "Meditation helps inmates reach 'natural awareness'." Houston Chronicle. Saturday September 3, 2011. Retrieved on September 23, 2011.
  5. ^ Ward, Mike. "Prison industry programs a victim of economic recession[permanent dead link]," Austin American-Statesman. Sunday September 4, 2011. Retrieved on September 23, 2011.

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