TDCJ Hardship Transfers
The primary way to get a hardship transfer is to have a close family relative on the visitation list that is too ill/frail to make a long trip. (It is hard if the place where you currently live is less than 200 miles from the incarcerated loved one, however.) The family member should address the letter (along with a doctor’s letter about the problem with making a long trip) to: Rick Thaler, Director, CID , TIDC Post Office Box 99 Huntsville, Tx. 77342
The inmate will need to be case free for the prior 12 months in order to be considered for a hardship transfer.
The following is from the TDCJ website :
What is the process for requesting a hardship transfer? Special consideration for transfer may be made when an offender’s family has medical problems limiting the ability to travel long distances. To apply for this special consideration you need to obtain a letter from the attending doctor stating the medical problems and how they impact the ability to travel. This should be verifiable and preferably on the doctor’s letterhead. If the offender is in a privately operated state jail facility and is a state jail confinee, attach the doctor’s letter to your letter requesting a hardship transfer and mail it to the Correctional Institutions Division Director, P.O. Box 99, Huntsville, Texas, 77342. Although submitting a request does not guarantee the offender will be moved to a unit closer to the family, you can be assured that the agency will give careful consideration to the request.
1) Inmates must be case free for the last year.
2) A medical letter must be sent from the doctor indicating that the primary visitor (mother/spouse, etc.) has serious health problems and cannot regularly visit the offender due to health reasons/travel etc.
3) If the inmate is located within 3-4 hours from the family he is less likely to be moved because TDCJ considers that to be relatively "close" already. (but go ahead and try to get the transfer) 4) There must be a place for the offender to be transferred to related to his status (i.e. sex offender housing, educational programs in which the offender is enrolled, etc.).
5) Requests for hardship transfers go directly to Mr. Thaler. Both offenders and family members may request a transfer, but the hardship documentation from the medical doctor for the visitor must be submitted. In every situation, the family needs to be sure that the offender wants to be moved. He/she may be settled, enrolled in vocational/educational programs, comfortable (at least as can be) and may not be prepared to deal with the adjustment issues in the new unit.