Delano State Prison Information
Delano is a city in Kern County, California well known as a center for growing table grapes. With beautiful vineyards and several other farms, the city of Delano is home to nearly fifty-three thousand people. What is more interesting about the city is that it houses two of California’s prisons, the North Kern State Prison and the Kern Valley State Prison within its 14.36 square miles area. The North Kern State Prison and the Kern Valley State Prison are located very close to each other, with a distance of a mile between them. Delano had a large farm-worker population. The two prisons changed the face of Delano from being a rural city to an urban society.
North Kern State Prison
It is a medium-security prison, which opened in April 1993 and serves as a reception center for incoming inmates. Inmates who come here to stay in this prison for not more than three or four months. Their criminal and health records are processed and physiological and social needs assessed before they are transferred to other prisons.
2737 West Cecil Avenue,
Delano, CA 93215
P.O. Box 567,
Delano, CA 93216-0567
There are five facilities in the North Kern State Prison. It is important to include the inmate’s name, CDCR number and the last known housing to send a mail to the inmate. The facility addresses are
- For Facility A and M: O. Box 5000, Delano, CA 93216-0567
- For Facility B: O. Box 4999, Delano, CA 93216-0567
- For Facility C: P.O. Box 5004, Delano, CA 93216-0567
- For Facility D: O. Box 5005, Delano, CA 93216-0567
- Phone: (661) 721-2345
- Number of Inmates: Approximately 4500
Inmates can be visited on Saturday and Sunday by taking prior appointment. You must log-in to Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System (VPASS) and schedule an appointment. Depending on the inmate’s eligibility and security level, the visitation hours will be determined. Mainline inmates are permitted conjugal visitation by their wives only.
Since 2015, Kelly Santoro has been the acting warden or the warden of the North Kern State Prison who acted as a Correctional Counselor from 1997 to 2001 and Associate Warden from 2009 to 2010 at the North Kern State Prison.
- Institutional Programs include Cognitive Behavioral Treatment, Long-term Offender Program, Step-down Program, Offender Mentor Certification Program and among others.
- Academic Programs include Adult Basic Education, High School/GED, English as a Second Language Bridging Education.
- Other Programs include Substance Abuse Program, Self Help Groups, and Religious Services.
Kern Valley State Prison
It is a male-only California State prison, which is a Level IV Maximum Security institution. It consists of four semi-autonomous facilities and two stand-alone Administrative Segregation Units. All units are surrounded by a Lethal Electrified Perimeter Fence.
3000 West Cecil Avenue,
Delano, CA 93216-6000
Staff mailing address
P.O. Box 3130
Delano, CA 93216-6000
- Facility A, O. Box 5101, Delano, CA 93216
- Facility B, O. Box 5102, Delano, CA 93216
- Facility C, O. Box 5103, Delano, CA 93216
- Facility D, O. Box 5104, Delano, CA 93216
- Facility M, O. Box 5105, Delano, CA 93216
- ASUI 1, O. Box 5107, Delano, CA 93216
- ASUI 2, O. Box 5106, Delano, CA 93216
- Phone: (661) 721-6300
- Number of Inmates: Approximately 3700
Throughout the week from 9 am to 5 pm. You must log-in to VPASS to schedule an inmate visit.Warden Information
Since November 2015, Christian Pfeiffer has been warden or acting warden at Kern Valley State Prison. He has held multiple positions at this prison between 2012 and 2015.
- Academic Programs include vocational courses, assessments, certifications, Adult Basic Education and among others.
- Other programs include Physical Education, Library, Law and Recreational services and more.
How to Find an Inmate in Delano State Prison?
Both the Delano State Prisons, the North Kern State Prison and the Kern Valley State Prison are managed by the California Department for Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). The CDCR has provided Inmate Locator as a public service to enable them to locate inmates. The Inmate Locator may contain errors and omissions as it does not record all inmates on this website. It is a criminal offense and you will be subject to jail if you are found misusing any information provided in the Inmate Locator.