View Full Version : Reverend C. A. Holliday Transfer Facility Unit

04-10-2011, 01:15 PM
Reverend C. A. Holliday Transfer Facility Unit

295 IH-45 North
Huntsville, TX

Phone: 936-295-8200

Unit Location: One-half mile north of Hwy 30 on the west feeder road of IH-45 in Walker County

Senior Warden: Pamela S. Baggett

Date Unit Established or On Line: January 1994

Maximum Capacity: 2,128

Custody Levels Housed: G1 - G2, Transient

Agricultural Operations: Wynee and Holliday work in cooperation; Edible and Field Corps, Egg Laying Operation, Farm Shop, Regional Pest Control, Security Horses/Dogs, Swine Finishing Operation, Veterinary Clinic and Unit Garden; Holliday assists Goree in Horse Breeding Program

Facility Operations: Unit Maintenance

Additional Operations: Offender Intake/Receiving; Substance Abuse Screening and Assessment

Medical Capabilities: Ambulatory medical, dental, and mental health services. Telemedicine Services available.

Educational Programs: Literacy (Adult Basic Education/GED), CHANGES/Pre-Release, Perspectives and Solutions Career and Technology Programs: Landscape design, Construction and Maintenance.

Additional Programs/Services: Adult Education Program (upon availability) HIV Peer Education, Project RIO, Reentry Planning, Chaplaincy Services, Community Tours

Community Work Projects: Services provided to city and county agencies

Prison Researcher
09-21-2011, 07:54 PM
The Reverend C. A. Holliday Unit, also referred to as the Holliday Transfer Facility, is a TDCJ transfer facility for men located in Huntsville, TX. Holliday is along Interstate 45 and .5 miles north of Texas State Highway 30. The unit, on a 1,412-acre plot of land, is co-located with the Wynee Unit. Holliday, one of the largest transfer facilities in Texas, is across the street from the Texas Prison Museum. Holliday is one of two prisons in the TDCJ that, as of 2003, is named after an African-American.

Dr. Richard Watkins, a senior African-American prison warden, led an effort to have a prison named for Reverend C. A. Holliday, and African-American community activist in the Huntsville ara. Watkins sent many letters to the Governor of Texas Ann Richards, asking her to name a prison after Holliday. the $30 million Holliday Unit, with a capacity of around 2,000 beds, opened in January 1994. Cigarette smoking at Holliday was forbidden since the facility's opening, while a TDCJ-wide smoking ban, stemming from a November 18, 1994 Texas Board of Criminal Justice unanimous decision to forbid smoking at all TDCJ facilities, began on March 1, 1995.

Holliday, an industrial-scale complex, has sheet metal siding and low sloping roofs. Robert Perkinson, author of Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire, said that the "hastily-constructed" transfer unit "looks like an assemblage of discount tire outlets," and that the only features that indicated that it is a prison is the razor wire and guard towers. Jim Willett, a Huntsville resident and a former warden, said thta Holliday is "a giant tin barn that serves as Texa's prison purgatory, the place you go between jail and the real thing.