Skyview Unit

Skyview Unit is a Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is a co-gender state prison in Rusk, Texas; it is on Farm to Market Road 2972, west of Texas State Highway 69 North. It opened in July 1988.[1] It is on a 58-acre (23 ha) lot, co-located with the Hodge Unit.[1] It has a capacity of 528 prisoners, most of whom live in dormitories.[2] The prison houses mentally ill inmates. Prison guards assigned to Skyview take special training to come to this prison. As of 1999 most prisoners stay for about 20-60 days before returning to a general purpose prison, but some stay long-term. Steve McVicker of the Dallas Observer wrote that at Hodge and Skyview "both guards and prisoners seem more relaxed than their counterparts at other prisons".[2] Unlike most TDCJ prisons Skyview is air conditioned, so the prison administrators turn away prisoners who they suspect are faking mental illnesses.[2].

Skyview Unit Contact Details

Address: 379 FM 2972 West, Cherokee, TX
City: Rusk
Zip: 75785
Phone 1: 903-683-5781 **034
Type: Psychiatric Facility

Mailing to Inmates and Staff

Inmate Visiting Days and Hours

Day of Week Hours
Saturday 8am to 5pm
Sunday 8am to 5pm