Preston E. Smith Unit

Coordinates: 32°43′33″N 101°54′44″W / 32.725902°N 101.912340°W / 32.725902; -101.912340
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Preston E. Smith Unit
Location1313 CR 19
Lamesa, Texas
Security classG1 - G5, Administrative Segregation
OpenedOctober 1992
Managed byTexas Department of Criminal Justice

The Preston E. Smith Unit is a state prison for men located in Lamesa, Dawson County, Texas, owned and operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.[1] This facility was opened in October 1992, and a maximum capacity of 2234 male inmates held at various security levels.

The prison was named for Texas governor Preston Smith.

Notable Inmates[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Johnny Avalos 07375795 / 02252506 Serving a life sentence. Also known as "The San Antonio Strangler" who murdered 5 people between 2012-2015.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Preston E. Smith Unit". Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
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32°43′33″N 101°54′44″W / 32.725902°N 101.912340°W / 32.725902; -101.912340