Chowchilla State Prison Information
Chowchilla State Prison is a women’s prison that is officially known as the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF). It is located in Chowchilla, California state. It is the largest prison for women in the entire United States. The prison that was started in 1990 has the death row for women in the state of California.
The address of Chowchilla State Prison is:
23370 Road 22,
Chowchilla, CA 93610
The main phone number of the prison is 559 665 5531.
The mailing address of the prison to send mail to inmates is:
Inmate ID, Inmate Name,
Central California Women’s Facility,
P O Box 1508,
Chowchilla, CA 93610
Number of Inmates
The capacity of the Chowchilla state prison is 2,004. As of March 2019, the prison is running on overcapacity and has 2,861 inmates.
The prison is built on a land of 640 acres. It is opposite to the Valley State Prison. The prison has four Levels all of which are in one building that has 32 rooms. There is a reception center where inmates are housed until they are allocated to another prison.
The Condemned housing unit is the death row that houses women prisoners in California who have been awarded the death sentence.
Visitation to any of the prisons in California is governed by common procedures. Visitation is allowed on Saturdays. Sundays, and public holidays. The visitation hours are from 7:30 am / 8:00 am to 2:00 pm / 3:00 pm.
Visit to meet an inmate is possible by making an appointment in advance. An online appointment needs to taken from the website https://visitorreservations.cdcr.ca.gov/ and a VPASS collected.
The Visiting status hotline of the California Department of Corrections can be called on the number 1800 374 8474 for any help or assistance.
Information About the Management
The Chowchilla state prison is overall managed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). CDCR is headed by Secretary Ralph Diaz.
The operations of the prison are managed by its warden. Janel Espinoza is the warden of CCWF since 2017. She has been working in the prison department since 1996.
Institution Programs Offered in the Prison:
Chowchilla prison has both academic and non-academic programs for inmates.
The academic programs offered at the prison include:
- Adult Basic Education
- High School Equivalency / GED
- Literacy Program
- College Degree in association with Feather River Community College
The prison offers its inmates vocational programs on auto body repair, computer technology, cosmetology, office services, and electronics.
Work opportunities are available for inmates in dentistry manufacturing, fabric products, silk screening, and garment manufacture.
The prison also has religious programs, recreational programs, parenting programs, drug awareness, and substance abuse program, job placement re-entry training program, and other programs to help inmates after release.
How to Find an Inmate in Chowchilla State Prison
CDCR has an inmate locator webpage that can be used to find inmates in Chowchilla State Prison or any other prison in the state. https://inmatelocator.cdcr.ca.gov/ is the webpage from which search for inmates can be carried out.
Only information on adult inmates can be viewed through this search. To use this facility, having the unique CDCR number will help to find an exact match. If the number is not known, then the last name of the inmate can be used to search. The first name and middle name can also be used to search for inmates.
Anyone having problems in using this online facility can call the Identification unit of CDCR on 916 445 671 from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm for assistance.