The W. F. Ramsey Unit (previously Ramsey I Unit) is a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison farm located in unincorporated Brazoria County, Texas, with a Rosharon postal address; it is not inside the Rosharon census-designated place. The prison is located on Farm to Market Road 655, 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Farm to Market Road 521, and south of Houston. The 16,369-acre (6,624 ha) unit is co-located with the Stringfellow Unit and the Terrell Unit.
|Location||1100 FM 655|
Rosharon, Texas 77583
|Security class||G1-G3, G5, Administrative Segregation, Outside Trusty|
|Capacity||Unit: 1,570 Trusty Camp: 321|
|Former name||Ramsey I Unit|
|Managed by||TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division|
|Warden||Virgil Mc Mullen, James Powers|
The unit opened in July 1908. The Ramsey Prison Farm consisted of five former plantations. In 1935, Ramsey housed African American prisoners. In 1963, before racial desegregation took place, the Ramsey I Unit housed white prisoners.
Notable inmates of the Ramsey Unit include:
Current (As of 2015[update]):
- Shawn Allen Berry - Murderer of James Byrd, Jr.
- David Owen Brooks - perpetrator of the Houston Mass Murders
- Carlos Coy (South Park Mexican)
- David Henry Tuck - perpetrator of the 2006 Harris County, Texas hate crime assault
- Roy Oliver - Murderer of Jordan Edwards
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