|Location||1800 Luther Drive |
|Security class||G1, G2, G3, Outside Trusty|
|Capacity||1316 (1,102 in unit, plus 214 in trusty camp)|
|Managed by||Texas Department of Criminal Justice|
The O.L. Luther Unit is a state prison for men located in Navasota, Grimes County, Texas, owned and operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. This facility was opened in July 1982, and has a maximum capacity of 1316: 1102 in the unit itself, and another 214 in the trusty camp.
Luther is co-located with the state's Wallace Pack Unit, with its own population of about 1500 prisoners. Prisoners of both facilities cooperate in an extensive agricultural operation on 11,000 acres, including horses, a cow/calf operation, grain processing and storage, and a buffalo ranch.
The facility has had a difficult history. In October 2001 inmate Nathan Essary was sexually abused by a corrections officer, sued, and discovered other inmate victims of the same officer. Their official complaints had been ignored. Essary collected "substantial" money damages in a civil case, as well as a payment from the state and the officer's beach house. In 2011, within a six-month period, two Luther guards were caught, fired, arrested, and charged with felonies related to bribery and smuggling.
- "O.L. Luther Unit". Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
- "Man raped by prison guard receives money damages in aclu lawsuit". ACLU press release. 2 December 2004. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
- Crowe, Robert (3 December 2004). "nmate awarded guard's beach house". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
- Smith, Rosemary (5 October 2011). "Second local TDCJ worker arrested for bribery and prohibited item". Navasota Examiner. Retrieved 24 August 2016.