Ramsey Unit

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W. F. Ramsey Unit
Location1100 FM 655
Rosharon, Texas 77583
Coordinates29°17′11″N 95°32′47″W / 29.2863889°N 095.5463889°W / 29.2863889; -095.5463889
Security classG1-G3, G5, Administrative Segregation, Outside Trusty
CapacityUnit: 1,570 Trusty Camp: 321
OpenedJuly 1908
Former nameRamsey I Unit
Managed byTDCJ Correctional Institutions Division
WardenKristi Pittman
CountyBrazoria County
Aerial photograph of the Ramsey Units, January 23, 1995, United States Geological Survey
Topographical map of the Ramsey Units, July 1, 1984, United States Geological Survey

The W. F. Ramsey Unit (previously Ramsey I Unit) is a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison farm located in unincorporated Brazoria County, Texas,[1] with a Rosharon postal address; it is not inside the Rosharon census-designated place.[2] The prison is located on Farm to Market Road 655, 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Farm to Market Road 521,[3] and south of Houston.[4] The 16,369-acre (6,624 ha) unit is co-located with the Stringfellow Unit and the Terrell Unit.[3]


The unit opened in July 1908.[3] The Ramsey Prison Farm consisted of five former plantations.[5] In 1935, Ramsey housed African American prisoners.[6] In 1963, before racial desegregation took place, the Ramsey I Unit housed white prisoners.[7]

In 2011, the Central Unit closed. The former truck distribution center at Central moved to Ramsey.[8]


The University of Houston–Clear Lake offers bachelor's and master's degree programs at Ramsey. Prisoners may pay the State of Texas after their release.[9]

The Texas Legislature designated portions of Angleton ISD that by September 1, 1995 had not been annexed by Alvin Community College as in the Brazosport College zone.[10] As Ramsey Unit is not in the maps of Alvin CC, it is in the Brazosport College zone.[11] There was a section of H.B. No. 2744,[12] filed on March 6, 2007,[13] which would have changed the boundary between Alvin CC and Brazosport CC to put the Ramsey Unit in the Alvin CC service boundary.

Notable inmates[edit]

Notable inmates of the Ramsey Unit include:

Current (As of 2015):

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Shawn Allen Berry 04693746 / 00894758 Serving a life sentence. Eligible for parole in 2038. Participated, along with Lawrence Brewer and John King, in the brutal 1998 murder of James Byrd Jr., in which Byrd was chained to a truck, and his body was dragged with the moving vehicle.[14][15][16][17]
David Henry Tuck 06716680 / 01403389 Serving a life sentence. Eligible for parole in 2036. Known for the 2006 Harris County, Texas hate crime assault in which he, along with Keith Robert Turner attacked fellow high school student David Ritcheson.[18][19][20]
Roy Oliver 09347254 / 02216845 Serving a 15 year sentence. Eligible for parole in 2026. Police officer who committed the 2017 Murder of Jordan Edwards in which Oliver shot him in a moving vehicle that was leaving a party.[21][22][23][24]
Aaron York Dean 10872300 / 02424353 Serving an 11 year sentence. Eligible for parole in 2028. Convicted of manslaughter over the 2019 Killing of Atatiana Jefferson, in which Dean killed her after showing up to her house with reports of an open front door.[25][26][27][28]
Carlos Coy 04236244 / 01110642 Serving a 45 year sentence. Eligible for parole in 2024. Rapper known as South Park Mexican who was sentenced in 2002 for molesting a minor.[29][30]
Steven Hobbs 08928224 / 02389446 Serving a life sentence. Eligible for parole in 2041. Serial killer who murdered 2 people, and sexually assaulted many others.[31][32][33]
Juan David Ortiz 11398548 / 02423750 Serving a life sentence without parole. Former Border Patrol agent who murdered 4 people in 2018.[34][35][36][37]
Eddie Ray Routh 08977806 / 01980993 Serving a life sentence without parole. Perpetrator of the 2013 Murders of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield[38][39][40][41]



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  2. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Rosharon CDP, TX." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on January 21, 2018.
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  5. ^ "Convict Leasing and State Account Farming (1883-1909)." Texas State Library and Archives. Retrieved on April 29, 2011.
  6. ^ Trulson, Chad R., James W. Marquart, and Ben M. Crouch. First Available Cell: Desegregation of the Texas Prison System. University of Texas Press, 2009. 81. Retrieved from Google Books on July 16, 2010. ISBN 0-292-71983-3, ISBN 978-0-292-71983-5.
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  10. ^ Texas Education Code Sec. 130.170. BRAZOSPORT COLLEGE DISTRICT SERVICE AREA.: "(2) the Angleton Independent School District, except the part annexed by the Alvin Community College District before September 1, 1995."
  11. ^ The Taxation Map and College Zone map of Alvin Community College do not show Ramsey Unit, and based upon Texas Education Code Sec. 130.170. it would be in the Brazosport College zone.
  12. ^ "H.B. No. 2744." Texas Legislature. Retrieved on March 11, 2011. "(3) the territory located in Brazoria County, situated to the west of the Alvin Community College District boundary as it existed on January 1, 2003, extending west to the eastern border of Fort Bend County, and south to County Roads 49, 34, and 255, including the City of Rosharon and the Darrington and Ramsey Units of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice."
  13. ^ "Bill: HB 2744." Texas Legislature. Retrieved on March 11, 2011.
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  21. ^ Fernandez, Manny; Haag, Matthew (2017-05-05). "Police Officer Who Fatally Shot 15-Year-Old Texas Boy Is Charged With Murder". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2024-01-16.
  22. ^ "Jury sentences former officer Roy Oliver to 15 years in death of teen". NBC News. 2018-08-30. Retrieved 2024-01-16.
  23. ^ "Texas Officer Who Fatally Shot Black Teen Is Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison". Retrieved 2024-01-22.
  24. ^ https://offender.tdcj.texas.gov/OffenderSearch/offenderDetail.action?sid=09347254
  25. ^ "Ex-officer Aaron Dean sentenced to more than 11 years in prison in the death of Atatiana Jefferson". NBC News. 2022-12-20. Retrieved 2024-01-16.
  26. ^ Gimbel, Annie; Scharfetter, Raegan (2022-12-20). "Aaron Dean sentenced to 11 years for manslaughter in fatal shooting of Atatiana Jefferson - CBS Texas". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2024-01-16.
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  31. ^ "Steven Hobbs, longest current serving Harris Co. inmate, sentenced to life for 2 murders". ABC13 Houston. 2022-05-02. Retrieved 2024-01-22.
  32. ^ "Steven Alexander Hobbs sentenced to two life sentences after pleading guilty to capital murder charges". khou.com. 2022-05-02. Retrieved 2024-01-22.
  33. ^ Hensley, Nicole. "Steven Hobbs pleads guilty, handed life sentence in sex worker killings". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2024-01-22.
  34. ^ "Border Patrol agent accused of serial killings wanted to 'commit suicide by cop,' officials say". NBC News. 2018-09-17. Retrieved 2024-01-22.
  35. ^ "Border Patrol Agent Found Guilty of Killing Four Women". Retrieved 2024-04-12.
  36. ^ "Ex-Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz convicted in slayings of four sex workers - CBS News". www.cbsnews.com. 2022-12-08. Retrieved 2024-01-22.
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  40. ^ "Eddie Ray Routh found guilty in killing of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, Chad Littlefield - CBS News". www.cbsnews.com. 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2024-01-16.
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