View Full Version : Buster Cole Unit in Bonham Texas-State Jail - any other loved ones here?


Thowd
09-29-2005, 02:04 PM
Wanted to know if anyone else has a loved one n Buster cole???

garcias719
04-17-2007, 08:25 AM
yea i do my husband has been there for like 3 months

MyMatthew
04-30-2007, 10:00 AM
Yep my husband is at Buster Cole. Looks like there is three of us.

30Flat
05-01-2007, 11:42 AM
To put it nicely....not my favorite unit of the ones I know.

7yritch
01-31-2008, 01:16 PM
My honey is there also...

MommaBug
01-31-2008, 02:41 PM
My son is there, too. From what I hear, it's one of the nicest facilities in the TDCJ system. We've had no problems there whatsoever. It's been much better for him up there than it was down at the Travis Unit in Austin. The only bad thing is that we live near Austin so it's a 4 hour drive to go up and visit. But everyone there has been very nice to us. They always ask how the drive was, and tell us "Have a safe trip home" when we leave. At least we only have 4 1/2 more months to go. June 18th can't get here soon enough!

Lori

AMBER08
02-01-2008, 09:04 AM
my hubby in in cole unit has been there for about a month now!! he says its ok except he is on feild squad and it is real cold when they go eat chow lol so how long does everyones loved ones have??

mama5
09-06-2008, 09:09 PM
my son is at Buster Cole unit in Bonham,
. The parole board said he would go before them in Oct. and they would make their decision by Nov. His regular release date is in Feb.
I talked to someone in the office of the parole board that told me this, but I should have asked more questions. I was under the impression tht state jail was time for time and there was no getting out before your date, does anyone know anything for sure about this? I quess Ill have to call them back ,but I hate having to . I appreciate your feed back, and I wish you and yours well. I know how it is. God bless.

bluentexas
09-07-2008, 10:00 AM
hey everyone my boyfreind is in buster cole i worry all the time i miss him so bad they told me he got 2 to 10 years but he said he goes in front of the parole board in january but whats does this that he can be released im new to all this . sherry

fancyrebel
10-11-2008, 11:25 PM
My son is in Cole State. This is all new to me and him. I would appreciate any help or advice anyone could give me. Like I need to know where to send the support letters to. My son said they need to be sent right away but I don't know where. He comes up 11/22/2008. I pray he gets out then. God Bless all who have family in prison. It is so hard to be without them.:(

jca
10-13-2008, 10:44 AM
Hi and welcome. No stranger to how you feel. It does get easier though. Lean on God - He will get you all through. My husband has been at Cole for a year now. He actually says it's a good unit.

This puts your son under the Palestine Parole Board:

207 E. Reagan
Palestine, TX 75801
903-723-1068
903-723-1441 Fax

Mail your parole packet to the above address. I actually sent one to the IPO also. The IPO address is:

Northern IPO Region
Regional Supervisor
Marnie Wood
Palestine IPO
118 South Royall St.
Palestine, TX 75801
P: 903-729-3698
F: 903-729-0431

Has your son had his interview yet? I sent a copy of the packet to each board member, individually, the IPO and I also sent two copies to my husband and kept a copy for myself. That way if the the IPO doesn't have a copy when your son is interviewed, he can give them a copy.

I hope this all makes sense. There is plenty of info under the Parole Preparation thread. God bless and if you need anything let me know.

debbiegee
11-08-2008, 05:00 PM
Hi ya'll. I am a new user and I'm not even sure how many forums I've been in, how I got there, or if I replied right! Old dogs, new tricks . . . well, my son is in Cole and I'm glad to see comrades, I just knew I was the only person in the whole world who failed parenthood and had a child in prison at 19. At last, I can talk about it and not be judged or embarassed. Thanks guys! BTW - I just got back from Cole and my son looks really good, well-fed and his attitude was the best I've seen in 3 years. He starts HVAC class on Monday and is looking forward to it. Cole has been the best place we've been so far.:thumbsup:

jca
11-11-2008, 02:03 PM
Yay! Glad you found us - you are totally not alone. My husband says Cole is a very good unit. We are blessed our loved ones are there. Again, glad you found us. Welcome!

HisStrongOne
11-17-2008, 11:14 PM
My husband is there as well. He's been there since the beginning of Feb 08, just before our daughter was born. He's doing good there. It's a better unit then the other ones that he was at before being transferred there. It's a long drive with a baby, about 4 to 4 1/2 hours depending on traffic, but well worth it. The guards there are courteous and helpful. He got his first parole back in June 08 (an FI-5), then they revoted because they hadn't transferred him yet and gave him a FI-6, which in the end is best because he won't have to do a stint at a half way house when he's finally released. We're looking at July 09 now. I guess we'll see.

BTW, if you're common-law and trying to get contact visits with your husband, the affadavits that are posted on this site will not be accepted. Your husband will have to request the paperwork from inmate records and then send them to you to fill out your copy and send back to inmate records via certified mail and he'll fill his own copy out and submit it back to inmate records.

Carebear's mom
01-19-2010, 06:54 PM
Well, hello all. My son was just transferred to Cole Unit right before Thanksgiving. I haven't gotten to visit yet, but I am hoping to finally make it up there this weekend. Just wondering, what is the visitation schedule, and is it a long wait to get in? My son was originally at Gurney, where population is 2,000 and they said sometimes you had to wait all day to get in to visit. Could anyone let me know hours of visitation? I appreciate any information you can give. Thanks.

Carebear's mom
01-19-2010, 07:00 PM
Hi ya'll. I am a new user and I'm not even sure how many forums I've been in, how I got there, or if I replied right! Old dogs, new tricks . . . well, my son is in Cole and I'm glad to see comrades, I just knew I was the only person in the whole world who failed parenthood and had a child in prison at 19. At last, I can talk about it and not be judged or embarassed. Thanks guys! BTW - I just got back from Cole and my son looks really good, well-fed and his attitude was the best I've seen in 3 years. He starts HVAC class on Monday and is looking forward to it. Cole has been the best place we've been so far.:thumbsup:


I know it's been awhile since you posted this. Your reply hit my heart as well. My son has been in and out of jail since 18. I felt like a failed parent so many times over. No matter how many times I tried to help my son, he just had to do things HIS way, and I didn't know anything. His running from the law and thinking he was better finally caught up with him this past May. He was arrested and sat in county for 2 months before going to Gurney Transfer unit. At least, he finally admits that none of this was my fault (he always blamed me for his getting in trouble - if I hadn't asked him to come see me, he wouldn't have gotten stopped with pot in his car......stupidity, but by no way MY FAULT). I just wanted you to know that it took me a long time to realize that we try to raise our children with all the right knowledge of right and wrong, but what they choose to do with it, has no bearings on us AT ALL. I hope your son is out by now, but if he isn't I hope he is still well. If he is still in Bonham, I would love to chat with you. Please reply. Thank you, Cheryl (Carebear's Mom)

TheVirtuousWife
06-23-2010, 10:40 PM
It's not mine either- but then again which prison is a favorite. In person, they put on the "nice" act, but over the phone they are RUDE. Now there are SOME officers that are sincerely sweet and are positive individuals. The mail lady called my hubby a liar, then hung up on me then told the warden I was rude and disrespectful when I asked ever so nicely if my husband was recieving his mail because I was told by him that they had given several of the other inmates a couple of his letters, and the senior warden has no manners whatsoever :confused:. I am ALWAYS polite with these people, the titles and labels do not impress me. My entire family just about is in law enforcement, military, and my uncle is the commander in chief in Austin. Idk.. I'm starting to think it's because I am a person of color. I don't want to think that, but it's how they handle you.


To put it nicely....not my favorite unit of the ones I know.

venomofloyalty
07-08-2010, 10:05 AM
Hi. My husband was just recently transferred from Gurney To Cole as well. The visitation hours are Saturday-Sunday from 8AM-5PM I am not sure how long the visits are due to the fact this Saturday will be my first visit but I hope its decent time. Cannot get contact visits for 60 days being there but am glad I get to see him and let him see his little boy and my pregnantbelly one more time b4 it is a baby on Monday LOL. Cant wait

venomofloyalty
07-11-2010, 05:52 PM
My husband has been at Cole for about two weeks now. he already compares it to being a lot like Gurney unit. he says its not AS BAD but it has its similarities. I miss him.

Simply__Me
07-12-2010, 12:16 AM
Strange reading these posts. I think the Cole Unit is great and so does my husband, but of course we only have Hutchins to compare it to. This is my husbands first go around and it better be the last!

Everyone we have come in contact with is great! Polite, professional, caring etc. The visitation room smells good and looks clean, it's easy to get in and out of a visit. During the visits the guards stop and chat with us etc.

JaynebW
08-09-2010, 07:52 PM
My soon to be husband... When we finish the paperwork is at cole unit.. He just got there last thur.. he came from Gurny.. Hez glad said Gurny was Hell. Do they fwd mail from other units to were they are now? Or do they send it back to me?

MnJRod06
08-10-2010, 08:40 AM
It'll take about 1-2 wks for u to get it back. They dont forward

Simply__Me
08-10-2010, 10:55 AM
Depends. Hutchins forwarded all his mail, including his e-mails, but returned books to the vendor. That wasn't bad especially since I had free shipping.

JaynebW
08-10-2010, 08:50 PM
It'll take about 1-2 wks for u to get it back. They dont forward
Thanks for the info... He was upset cuz he didnt get mail from me..:(.. Told him I sent it but he transfered...

JaynebW
08-10-2010, 08:51 PM
Depends. Hutchins forwarded all his mail, including his e-mails, but returned books to the vendor. That wasn't bad especially since I had free shipping.
Thanks I did both one letter per snail mail.. and one per email... soo lets see what happens:confused:

MommaFortWorth
12-16-2010, 04:56 PM
Wanted to know if anyone else has a loved one n Buster cole???
I do, my son, he was just transferred there yesterday, I don't know if he is going to serve his state time now or he is just being housed for TDC as he has both to do.

Devanesgirl
12-16-2010, 08:15 PM
My baby has been there about a month now and he hates it. I agree with the idea that because he is black they treat him a different way. He was at Hutchins, didn't like it too much but at least they treated his with respect there. We have had nothing but problems since he got there and he is trying to stay calm for these last couple of months but I know it's hard on him :( ... They just treat him like dirt even though he is nice to them, although he doesn't like people disrespecting him which I can understand.

rleach
01-02-2011, 05:37 AM
Wanted to know if anyone else has a loved one n Buster cole???
they have my son i havent seen him in about 4 mo

myman11
02-09-2011, 09:47 AM
I have been looking all over for this parole board info and this from you is where I FINALLY found something. Do you know how I get the names of the parole board members so I can send each a letter? How did you do the parole packet? You made and mailed one for each member? Sorry this is my first time and me and my boyfriend just had a new baby and I want to do everything to help him COME HOME! He goes in front of them in March. Do you know how long advance I should send the stuff?

RobinsMan
02-10-2011, 09:00 AM
You need to send in only one packet. It will go into his file and that file will go to each parole panel voter in turn. If his Parole Eligiblity Date is in March (that date is not an appointment or deadline) then his review is likely already in progress. In that case, my preference is to send the parole packet or support letters to the local parole board office that his unit falls under. If he is at Buster Cole then he falls under the Palestine local parole board office. I'll paste their contact information from the TDCJ website below along with the names of the parole panel members for that office. You can send in whatever you have whenever you have it ready.

Palestine Board Office
133 E. Reagan Street
Palestine, TX 75801
903-723-1068
903-723-1441 Fax
Jackie DeNoyelles, Board Member (2-1-11)*
James Paul Kiel, Parole Commissioner
James Hensarling, Parole Commissioner

Chases Wifey
02-24-2011, 07:20 PM
I think my husband just got transferred here from Gurney. However this is a state jail?? He didnt have a state jail crime. He signed for 6 years for a 3rd degree felony...does it not matter?? I am a little confused. i know he does not have to do day for day. Someone help??

Kurby'sLady214
03-14-2011, 10:14 PM
My Hubby is @ Cole Unit and has been for the past 3 months also.

Kurby'sLady214
03-14-2011, 10:18 PM
HI, MY NAME IS ADRIANA AND MY HUBBY HAS BEEN AT THE COLE UNIT ALSO FOR THE PAST 3 MONTHS. :o

BrandiMShell01
05-23-2014, 11:41 AM
:)hello everyone, my name is brandi..and I have a boyfriend who just got to cole from gurney yesterday! I have read everything in the forums..and it all seems to be from a few years ago..does anyone have a loved one in cole now? He said gurney wasnt bad compared to collin county..how does everyone's loved ones like cole? And if they have been there awhile i would kinda like to know how it is there. Any comments would be appreciated!
Thanks!

joybringer
06-03-2014, 05:14 PM
Hello! My son has been at the Cole Unit for a little over a year now. He said it is a pretty good unit. Visits are good there too, everyone is very nice at visit.