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North Kern State Prison Information

North Kern State Prison is a medium security prison in Delano, California. North Kern has a facility where prisons are lodged for a few months before they are sent to another prison. The prison opened in 1993.

Contact Information


The address of the prison is:

North Kern State Prison

2737 West Cecil Avenue

Delano CA 93215

The main phone of the prison is 661 721 2345

Mailing Information

The mailing address of the prison is:

P O Box 567

Delano CA 93216

North Kern State Prison
North Kern State Prison Number of Inmates

The North Kern state prison has a capacity of 2,694 inmates. At present, the prison functions at over capacity and houses only male prisoners. As of March 2019, there were 4,148 inmates housed at the prison.

The prison has a reception center to house prisoners to be transferred to other prisons after 90 days. It has a medium security general population unit. There is also a minimum support unit in the prison. There are two razor fences with an electric fence for perimeter security.

North Kern State Prison Visitation Hours

Visitation to North Kern state prison is governed by the common guidelines of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

Visitation hours to the prison are on all Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays. Visitation hours are from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm or 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

To visit a prisoner, a VPASS needs to be obtained from the CDCOR. There is a common website for all prisons in California that can be accessed from

The appointment can be taken online in advance. There is also a visiting status hotline at 1 800 374 8474 to call for more details.

Information About North Kern State Prison Management

The CDCR is responsible for all prisons in the state. Secretary CDCR overall manages all prisons in the state. The present Secretary is Ralph Diaz.

The Warden is responsible for the operations of the prison. The present warden is Kelly Santoro. She has been working in CDCR from 1993. She has been holding the charge of the prison from 2015.

Institution Programs Offered in the Prison

North Kern state prison has both academic and non-academic programs on offer for its inmates.

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North Kern State Prison Academic Programs

North Kern state prison offers the Adult basic education program, High School and GED program, and English language program.

Other Programs

The other institutional programs available at North Kern state prison are:

  1. a) Vocational programs in Electrical and engine repair
  2. b) Self-help programs for inmates
  3. c) Substance abuse programs
  4. d) There are many rehabilitation programs offered for inmates to help them to settle down once they are released from prison. Both in-prison and post-prison programs are offered for inmates. Placement, housing, and family unification are the focus areas of these programs.

How to Find an Inmate in North Kern State Prison

CDCR has a common website that allows to search inmates in any of the prisons in the state of California. The inmate locator can be used to search only for adult inmates. The inmate search can be carried out at

To search for an inmate, one can search using the name of the inmate. The last name is compulsory for the search. The first name and middle name can also be used to filter results and get the exact details of the person. If the unique CDCR number of the inmate is known then the search will be easier and one can get an exact match.

On clicking search, the list of matching names is displayed. On clicking the name of your choice from the list, the complete details of the inmate are listed.

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