Eastham Unit

Eastham Unit (EA) is a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for men, located in unincorporated Houston County, Texas GPS Coordinates 30.978106, -95.632274.[1] The 12,789 acres (5,176 ha) prison is located at the dead end of Farm to Market Road 230,[2] near Lovelady and 13 miles (21 km) west of Trinity.[1] Eastham, nicknamed "the Ham," is 40 miles (64 km) up the Trinity River from the Polunsky Unit in West Livingston,[2] and it is about one-third of the distance between Polunsky and the Christina Crain Unit (formerly Gatesville Unit) in Gatesville. Robert Perkinson, author of Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire, said that while the TDCJ and other agencies operate many types of prisons and jails in Texas, "if any unit stands for the rest," it would be Eastham.[3] In 1972 prisoners at Eastham filed a class action law suit against the Texas Department of Corrections and won. In 1979 the court found conditions of imprisonment within the TDC prison system constituted cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the United States Constitution. While there were many names included in the lawsuit, David Ruiz was the first name listed and that is how the case was titled.

Eastham Unit Contact Details

Address: 2665 Prison Road #1, Houston, TX
City: Lovelady
Zip: 75851
Phone 1: 936-636-7321 **009
Type: State Prison

Mailing to Inmates and Staff

Inmate Visiting Days and Hours

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