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About Mountainview Unit, Gatesville

Mountain View Unit is a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison housing female offenders in Gatesville, Texas. The unit, with about 97 acres (39 ha) of land, is located 4 miles (6.4 km) north of central Gatesville on Farm to Market Road 215. The prison is located in a 45-minute driving distance from Waco. In addition to its other functions, Mountain View Unit houses the state's female death row inmates. Death row offenders are housed separately from the rest of the prisoners in single-person cells measuring 60 square feet (5.6 m2), with each cell having a window. They do not have recreation individually. Some are allowed to watch television, though this is dependent upon agreeing to work for free, and all have a radio. Karla Faye Tucker, executed February 3, 1998, was the first woman to be executed in Texas since 1863. The most recent female to be executed was Lisa Coleman, executed on September 17, 2014. Among the better known death row offenders at Mountain View are Linda Carty, Brittany Holberg and Darlie Routier. A notable woman in the prison is Yolanda Saldívar, the murderer of Tejano superstar Selena. Saldívar shot and killed her on March 31, 1995 in Selena's hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas. Saldívar is currently serving her sentence of life imprisonment. She will be eligible for parole on March 30, 2025, the day before the 30th anniversary of Selena's murder. As of 2004 the facility is not signposted from the area main highway.


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  • Very strict... But I learned alot... Went to school... And made alot of friends I will never forget... Most of all I established a relationship with my father in heaven

  • The girl who killed Selena is here :(

  • I was an inmate at the hackberry and i ended up in the psyc unit at mt.view.i do agree that psyc ward should be be separated.i also think its cruel punishment to be placed naked with no blanket in a cell thats freezing and sleep on medal box as a bed.they belittle you laugh at u .its horrible imagine being on suicide watch and they take u there u come out with nust another horrible experince.i dislike the staff.i only saw the psych docter once out of three to four times i went.

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  • Psyche and Death Row should not be in the same building. It is not right the way they treat either ends of the building on the unit. It only makes things worse and worse offenders unable to rehabilitate.

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