William P. Hobby Unit

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The William P. Hobby Unit (HB) is a prison for women in unincorporated Falls County, Texas, United States. Named after William P. Hobby, Lieutenant Governor of Texas, it is a part of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). It is located on Texas Farm to Market Road 712, off Texas Business Highway 6 and 6 miles (9.7 km) southwest of Marlin.[1]

The unit has a capacity of 1,342.[2]

History[edit]

The prison was established in November 1989.[1]

In 2005 prisoner Helen Ann Caples filed a federal lawsuit, accusing the prison of using contaminated water from the City of Marlin.[3] The federal authorities rejected the lawsuit.[4]

As of 2008 the prison had 1,293 inmates.[5]

In September 2014 a sewage backup occurred at the unit, affecting drinking water and toilet services.[6]

As of October 2014 the same warden oversees both the Hobby and Marlin Units. That month Vikki Wright, the warden of Hobby, stated that the unit was not fully staffed but that it was still functional.[7]

Notable prisoners[edit]

Current:

Former Inmates[edit]

Former:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hobby Unit." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on September 22, 2010.
  2. ^ Ward, Mike. "Texas could get new adult prisons without building them" (Archive). Austin American-Statesman. Tuesday June 5, 2007. Retrieved on January 19, 2016.
  3. ^ Talvi, Silja. Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the U.S. Prison System. Seal Press, November 2, 2007. ISBN 0786750790, 9780786750795. p. 109.
  4. ^ Talvi, Silja. Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the U.S. Prison System. Seal Press, November 2, 2007. ISBN 0786750790, 9780786750795. p. 110.
  5. ^ "Famous Crimes: A teenager kills her grandmother" (Archive). Fort Worth Star-Telegram. May 26, 2008. Retrieved on January 19, 2016.
  6. ^ Moore, Bethany. "Marlin: Prison Unit Experiences Plumbing, Sewage Problems" (Archive). KWTX-TV. September 30, 2014. Retrieved on January 19, 2016.
  7. ^ Escobar, Estephany. "Prisons Statewide Aim to Increase Staffing Shortage." KXXV. October 31, 2014. Retrieved on January 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "00677795." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on July 17, 2016.
  9. ^ Hollandsworth, Skip. "193" (Archive). Texas Monthly. February 2010. Retrieved on January 19, 2016.

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Coordinates: 31°15′18″N 96°54′32″W / 31.255°N 96.909°W / 31.255; -96.909