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Calipatria State Prison Information

Calipatria state prison is a prison located in Calipatria city, that is in Imperial County of California state. It is a prison only for male inmates.

Contact Information

Address:

Calipatria State prison is located at the following address: 7018, Blair Road, Calipatria, CA 92333.

The main phone number to contact the prison is 1 760 348 7000 Extension 5716.

Mailing information:

Calipatria State Prison, P O Box 5001, Calipatria, CA 92233-5001.

Number of Inmates

The Calipatria prison is a male only prison located in the limits of Calipatria city. It is around 3 miles from the center of the city. Located 184 feet below sea level, the prison is considered as the lowest prison in the entire Western hemisphere.

The prison is spread over 1227 acres. The capacity of the prison is 2,308. Out of this, 2000 units are high security in nature. The remaining are open dormitories that do not have a perimeter and are meant for minimum security inmates.

The prison is functioning at over-capacity with 3,546 inmates housed in the prison as on March 2019.

Calipatria State Prison
Visitation Hours

Calipatria prison is a part of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). All prisons under CDCR have a uniform system of visitation. A VPass is required with prior appointment to meet inmates at the prison. Visitation can be done by booking an appointment on the CDCR’s visitors website at https://visitorreservations.cdcr.ca.gov/

CDCR also provides a visitor’s hotline 1 800 374 8474. Clarifications on visitation can be obtained by calling this number.

It is possible to visit the prison to meet inmates on Saturdays, Sundays, and on New Year Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Visit timings are 7:30 am/8:00 am to 2:00 pm/3:00 pm.

Information About the Management

The Calipatria state prison is a part of CDCR. The CDCR is overall handled by Secretary Ralph Diaz.

The management of the Calipatria state prison is vested with the Warden of the prison who is overall responsible for the prison functioning. Warren L Montgomery has served as warden or acting warden from 2013. He has been working in prison management from 1993 onwards and has served in various capacities.

Institution Programs Offered in the Prison


Calipatria State Prison Inmates

Calipatria prison offers academic as well as non-academic programs for inmates.

Academic Programs

Calipatria state prison offers two academic programs for inmates. They are Adult basic education program and the General Education Diploma program.

Other Programs

Vocational programs are offered at Calipatria state prison in association with National Center for Continuing Education and Research. Programs on HVAC, carpentry, computers, electrical, and electronics are offered for inmates.

The other programs and activities at the prison include:

  • Four educational channels that telecast education programs.
  • Volunteer literacy program.
  • College correspondence courses.
  • Law library for the usage of inmates.
  • Recreational services.
  • A host of rehabilitative programs are offered for inmates courtesy the Division of Rehabilitative programs.
  • Family liaison services are also offered for inmates.

How to Find an Inmate in Calipatria State Prison

The CDCR inmate locator is a facility available for those who to find an inmate who is in Calipatria state prison. This is a common locator website that can be accessed at https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/facility-locator/

There is also a phone number for those who do not have internet/computer access. They can call the identification unit of CDCR at 916 445 6713 to find out about inmates at the prison.

On visiting the website, it is possible to search for adult inmates using the name (first name / last name). If the unique CDCR number of the inmate is known then a faster search can be carried out.

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