Huntsville is home of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. There are 8 prison units in the Huntsville vicinity. A driving tour offers a brief history of the Huntsville Unit, the 1st prison unit of the state of Texas. The driving tour also includes general information on the other units in the area.
The driving tour starts at the Texas Prison Museum where a brochure and map may be obtained. It ends at the prison cemetery. One of the more sobering things you may see is "death row", which often makes it's way into the national news media.
There could be no better location for the Texas Prison Museum than Huntsville. There are 8 state prisons in the area. The museum houses an interesting collection of memorabilia including old photos, weapons used by the guards and made by the inmates, inmate art, models of prisons, and info on inmates of the past. You can also see how it feels in a model prison cell (don't worry, they will let you back out). Photos 4 and 5 show information on Prison Gangs Tattoos and Juanita Phillips a stripper charged with drug crimes that had connections to Jack Ruby and may have known who killed JFK. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and Noon to 5 PM on Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for Seniors, $4 for veterans, and $2 for students.
Another display in the museum is "old sparky" the notorious electric chair used to execute 361 convicted murderers in Texas between 1924 and 1964. Executions were stopped in 1964 and in 1982, Texas resumed executions using lethal injection.
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There is a very impressive monument to Texas Police Officers outside the museum along with an old fire cart used at one of the prisons.