Formby State Jail

Formby State Jail Texas

Formby State Jail

Physical Address:
Formby State Jail
998 County Road AA
Plainview, TX 79072

Administrator:   Tina Carmona

(806) 296-2448 (**106)

Inmate Mailing Address:
Inmate Name, ID Number
Formby State Jail
998 County Road AA
Plainview, TX 79072

Formby State Jail Inmate Mail

Inmates are allowed to receive letters and photos (no polaroids, or nude photos).  Some institutions will allow you to send paper, read the guide for family members and friends of inmates for more information.  Your complete name and address must be written legibly in the return address area of the envelope.  When sending correspondence always include the inmates name and Identification number as the mailing address above shows, if you know the housing unit please list that as well.  Do not mark the envelope or letter in any way.  No stamps, pens or pencils, small trinkets, or jewelry or other items should ever be mailed with the correspondence.  Staples, paperclips, lipstick, perfume, crayon art, stickers, drawings or markings of any kind will result in the correspondence being returned.  Inmates may also receive New paperback books, magazines, newspapers or other printed matter mailed directly from (Be sure to include the inmate name and ID number and send to the inmate mailing address above).

Holiday Packages/Online Commissary for Texas Inmates

To send a Holiday package to an offender in Texas use the newly launched eCommDirect found here.  This is a site run by the Texas department of Criminal Justice and allows you to put money into an inmates account as well as purchase items from the commissary. 

Friends and family may purchase each eligible offender up to $50.00 in goods per calendar quarter.
Offenders are limited to one purchase per day.
Calendar quarters are: 
January 1 – March 31
April 1 – June 30
July 1 – September 30
October 1 – December 31


Sending Money to an inmate in Texas

You can now send money to an inmate online through the Texas Department of Criminal Justice at eCommDirect.

Family members and friends can send money to an inmate several ways. 

  • Money orders or cashier’s checks made payable to “Inmate Trust Fund for Offender Name and Number”.  You will need to obtain deposit slips from the offender or by sending a self addressed, stamped envelope to Inmate Trust Fund; send deposits and requests for deposit slips to:
    Inmate Trust Fund
    P.O. Box 60
    Huntsville, TX 77342-0060

    Phone number: (936) 438-8990.


  • Monthly Checking Account Debit (ACH), (Free service provided by TDCJ.) complete an ACH authorization form and have a set amount automatically debited from a personal checking account once each month for deposit to a specified offender; attach a voided check from the account to be debited; debit transaction will occur on the 5th of each month. Submit form with voided check to:
    Inmate Trust Fund
    P.O. Box 60
    Huntsville, TX 77342-0060


  • Or Send money to an inmate online using a bank account through Western Union Quick Collect.

    Western Union Quick Collect (fees vary) from anywhere in the United States. Deposit will post to offender’s account within 24 hours.  For each Quick Collect transaction the following information must be provided:
    Pay to: TDCJ – Inmate Trust Fund
    Code City and State: TDCJ/TX
    Account number with facility
    Offender’s TDCJ number and offender’s last name
    Attention: Offender’s last name and offender’s first name


  • America’s Cash Express (ACE) ($3.00 fee) from anywhere in the United States. Deposit funds to an offender’s trust fund account. For the nearest ACE location, call 1-866-734-2306 or visit their website at


  • MoneyGram®ExpressPayment® ($4.95 fee) available nationwide at over 26,000 retail agent locations, including Wal-Mart. To deposit money to an offender account, call 1-800MoneyGram for the nearest MoneyGram agent location or visit Bring cash to the MoneyGram agent location and fill out the blue form with the following information:
    Receive Code: 5203
    Company Name: Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    City: Huntsville
    State: TX
    Account Number, Offender Name
    Offender ID#, Offender Last Name (01234567, Smith)

Be sure to keep the reference or check number that confirms your transaction with any of the above methods.

To check on a deposit call (936) 438-8990 and provide inmate TDCJ number, inmate name, your name, amount of deposit and the date it was sent. We will only verify this information to the sender.  Inmate account balances are confidential and cannot be shared with anyone but the inmate.

For more information see the departments flyer on sending money to an inmate.

Click here to read the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures for Offenders.

Visiting an Inmate at Formby State Jail

The Texas department of correction encourages friends and family members of inmates who demonstrate a positive influence to communicate and visit with an inmate.  This can help in the rehabilitation process, and eventually with his or her reintegration back into society.  Below are important things you should know if you are planning on visiting an inmate incarcerated in the Texas Department of Corrections.

You must be on the inmate's approved visitation list prior to visiting.

Click here to read information offender rules and regulations on visiting.

Visiting Hours are as follows:
Visits are normally conducted on Saturdays and Sundays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The names of all visitors, 18 years old and older (except offender’s attorney), must be on the approved Visitors list, with a limit of 10 people.  For more information on visiting an inmate click here and read the visiting rules and regulations.  Since visiting times change frequently we suggest you contact the institution directly at the number provided above.

How to do an inmate search in Texas

Want to find information about an inmate incarcerated in Texas? Access the Texas inmate database of offenders here.