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08-31-2006, 10:01 AM
Welcome to the Central California Women's Facility Handbook. Here you will find comprehensive information specifically for CCWF. The following categories have been separated in order to assist those in need of contact information for CCWF, visiting information, lodging, and dining near CCWF, etc...

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Central California Women's Facility (CCWF)

Mary Lattimore, Warden

Physical Address:

23370 Road 22
Chowchilla, CA 93610
(559) 665-5531

Inmate Mailing Address:

P. O. Box 1508
Chowchilla, CA 93610

Mailing Address:

P. O. Box 1501
Chowchilla, CA 93610-1501


Central California Women's Facility - Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Central California Women's Facility (CCWF) is to process, rehabilitate, and incarcerate California's female offenders in a secure, safe, disciplined and ethical institutional setting.

Institution Details

The Central California Women's Facility is one of two female correctional facilities located in Chowchilla, California. CCWF provides inmate academic education, work and vocational training, counseling and specialized programs for the purpose of successful reintegration into society. It provides community service which encourages public awareness and participation.

The facility's specialized mental health and medical services are commensurate with community standards, providing a licensed medical environment while encouraging personal responsibility.

The institution also provides staff resources and training which ensures the highest standards of "Correctional Professionalism."

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Inmate Programs

PIA: Dental laboratory, fabric products, farming, garment making, silk screening.

Vocational: Auto body repair and refinishing, computer technology, cosmetology, electronics, graphic arts, landscaping, mill and cabinet, office services, painting, silk screening, small engine repair, upholstery, welding.

Academic: Adult Basic Education, High School/GED, Pre-Release, English as a Second Language, Literacy Program.

Other: Community Service Crews, Youth Diversion, Religious, Arts in Corrections, Victim Impact Self Awareness, Drug Treatment/Diversion, Computers for Schools, Parenting, Substance Abuse (Informational), Job Placement, Self-Help Groups (e.g., Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous, Battered Women's Support Group, etc.)

Joint Venture Electronics: A public-private partnership which employs approximately 45 inmates in an electronics manufacturing program. The inmates are paid a prevailing wage. Deductions are made for room and board, crime victim compensation, prisoner family support and mandatory savings for release.

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• Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

• Major Holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Major Holidays include: New Year's Day, Independence Day,
Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas

• No appointments, walk-ins, or courtesy visits are allowed

• AD SEG, Security Housing, Reception Yard Visiting
Saturday ONLY - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

• Visiting process begins at 8:30 a.m.

• The Visiting Sargent may be contacted at - (559) 665-5531, ext. 7600

• For questions related to visiting during non visiting hours please contact Lieutenant Cooper at -
(559) 665-5531, ext. 7600

Visitor Questionnaire Process

The inmate should sign a Visitor Questionnaire (CDC Form 106) and send it to family members and
friends to visit. All adult visitors must complete the questionnaire and return it to the Visiting Sergeant by
mail. The Visiting staff must approve the questionnaire before the person may visit. This should take
approximately 30 working days. The CDC Form 106 must be filled out completely and accurately.
Failure to provide all requested information might result in the request being either denied or delayed.

Adult Visitors

The inmate will let each visitor know that they are approved. Any visitor approved at one institution shall
be approved to visit the same inmate upon transfer to another institution. A visitor may be required to
update the Visitor Questionnaire after 24 months.

Minor Visitors

• Minors are allowed to visit only with an adult that has been approved to visit the prison. The accompanying adult must bring the minors original certified birth certificate.

• Foster Parents or Legal Guardian’s must present the facility with original court documents before the minor can visit.

• All other adult visitor’s with an accompanying minor must bring an original copy of a notarized letter from the custodial parent before the child can visit at the facility.

Acceptable Identification

• A valid state driver's license with picture (not laminated).
• A valid state Department of Motor Vehicles Identification Card with picture (not laminated).
• A valid Armed Forces Identification Card with picture.
• Identification Card issued by the United States Department of Justice Immigration and
Naturalization Services with picture.
• Picture Passport.
• Picture identification Matricula Consular De Alta Seguridad (MCAS) issued by the
Mexican Consulate.

Visitor Attire

It is recommended that visitors dress conservatively and with the following guidelines in mind.
Inappropriate attire will be reason to deny a visit. Any alteration to clothing once a visitor is inside the
visiting area will be grounds for terminating the visit.

Prohibited Attire

• Clothing which, in any combination of shades or types of material/fabric, resembles California
State-issued inmate clothing, blue denim or chambray shirts, blue denim pants, clothing in the color of lime or orange, chamoflauge, or forest green.
• Clothing that resembles law enforcement or military-type clothing, including rain gear.
• Hats, wigs or hairpieces (except with prior written approval of the Visiting Sergeant).
• Clothing that exposes the breast/chest area, genital area, or buttocks.
• Dresses, skirts, pants, and shorts exposing more than two inches above the knee, including slits
when standing.
• Sheer or transparent garments.
• Strapless or "spaghetti” strap tops.
• Clothing exposing the midriff area.
• Clothing or accessories displaying obscene or offensive language or drawings.
• Brassieres with metal underwires or any other detectable metal are not permitted. However, all women are required to wear a bra.
• No slippers or shower shoes

Allowable items:

• Identification Card.
• One Handkerchief, no bandannas.
• Tissue Pack, unopened.
• Clear Change Purse or Sandwich Baggy
• $30 Per Adult and $10.00 Per Minor Visitor, in Coin or One Dollar Bills Only.
• Comb or Brush.
• Two Keys On A Ring with No Attachments.
• 10 Photographs.
• Indian Medicine Bag, upon inspection and approval.
• Two small (less than 12 inches in length) solid toys.
• One Infant Carrier.
• Six Disposable Diapers.
• Factory-Sealed Baby Wipes.
• Two Transparent Plastic Baby Bottles of Pre-Mixed Formula/Milk/Juice Per Baby.
• One Transparent Pacifier.
• Three Jars of Factory Sealed Baby Food and One Plastic Baby Spoon.
• One Single-Layer Baby Blanket.
• One Transparent Diaper Bag.
• One Change of Baby Clothing.
• One Single-Layer Burp Cloth.

Visitors may retain only life-sustaining, condition-stabilizing medication with the prescribing
physician's written statement of its immediate need, and only in the physician's prescribed amount
immediately required to sustain or stabilize the condition during the visit. The physician’s written
statement shall include the physician’s medical license number, address, and phone number.

All medication shall be in its original pharmacy container with the patient's name, pharmacy, name of
medication, prescribed dosage, and the physician's name indicated on the container's label.
Nonprescription medicine is not permitted.

Prohibited Items

• All tobacco and tobacco products.
• Food. All refreshments are to be purchased from the vending machines located in the visiting
room, except Camps and Ranches.
• Chewing gum.
• Purses.
• Cameras.
• Pagers.
• Cell phones.
• Writing materials or books, unless approved prior to entering the Visiting Room.

Visiting Room Procedures

Each visitor and inmate is responsible for his or her own conduct while visiting. Violation of the rules
and regulations may result in termination, restriction, suspension, or denial of visits. Additionally,
disciplinary action may be taken against the inmate. An inmate and his/her visitor(s) are allowed to
briefly embrace and kiss at the beginning and end of their visit. An inmate may hold his or her minor
children. Inmates may also hold minor children accompanied by an adult. Children are to remain
under the direct supervision and control of the visiting parent or guardian at all times. Holding hands
on top of the table in plain view is permitted, with no other physical contact. Excessive contact,
(kissing, massaging, stroking, and sitting with legs intertwined or sitting on laps) could result in
termination of the visit. Nursing mothers shall be discreet and covered when breast-feeding their baby
in the visiting area. Failure to do so may result in termination of visiting for that day. Inmates cannot
receive any items, gifts, money, jewelry, or documents during a visit. However, the adult visitor may
ask for a pencil and notebook paper as needed. Smoking is not allowed in the visiting rooms or
outside patios in the institutions at any time.

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From Sacramento:

Take Highway 99 south.

Three miles south of Chowchilla to the Avenue 24 exit.

Left on Avenue 24; proceed four miles.

Turn right on Road 22.

First prison on your right.

From Fresno:

Take Highway 99 North.

Three miles past Madera.

20 1/2 exit.

Proceed east for three miles.

First prison on your left.

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Liberty Inn
22683 1/2 Avenue 18, Madera, CA (5.46 miles away)

Chowchilla Travelodge
205 Carlyle Way, Chowchilla, CA (6.21 miles away)

Days Inn
220 E Robertson Blvd, Chowchilla, CA (6.71 miles away)

Star Motel
235 N 1st St, Chowchilla, CA (6.73 miles away)

Days Inn
25327 Avenue 16, Madera, CA (8.14 miles away)

Holiday Inn Express Madera
2290 Marketplace Dr, Madera, CA (8.16 miles away)

Super 8 Motel
1855 W Cleveland Ave, Madera, CA (8.78 miles away)

Cynthias Motel
410 N Gateway Dr, Madera, CA (9.84 miles away)

Best Western Inn
317 N G St, Madera, CA (9.93 miles away)

Madera Valley Inn
317 N G St, Madera, CA (9.93 miles away)

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Mammoth Orange
22150 Avenue 22 1/2, Chowchilla, CA (0.91 miles away)

Jack In the Box
18159 Avenue 24, Chowchilla, CA (4.23 miles away)

22717 Avenue 18 1/2, Madera, CA (4.97 miles away)

18525 Avenue 18 1/2, Madera, CA (6.05 miles away)

Club House Restaurant
23200 Avenue 17, Madera, CA (6.51 miles away)

Subway Sandwiches & Salad
100 S Chowchilla Blvd # C, Chowchilla, CA (6.59 miles away)

Bedrock Cafe
126 E Robertson Blvd, Chowchilla, CA (6.68 miles away)

Pedro's Pizza
420 Trinity Ave, Chowchilla, CA (6.70 miles away)

Farnesi's Steakhouse
230 E Robertson Blvd, Chowchilla, CA (6.71 miles away)

Mc Donald's
250 E Robertson Blvd, Chowchilla, CA (6.71 miles away)

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Contact Numbers

Main telephone number for Central California Women's Facility:



Operator - Dial "0"

Inmate Mail - Dial "1"

Personnel Information - Dial "2"

Business Services - Dial "3"

Custody/Program Services - Dial "4"

Administrative Information - Dial "5"

Public Information Officer - Dial "5012"

Sara Malone, Ombudsman - (916) 327-8467

• Email Address -

Visiting - Dial "7600"

• The Visiting Sargent may be reached at this extension during visiting hours.

• Lieutenant Cooper may be reached at this extension during non visiting hours in regards to visiting questions.

Other important telephone numbers:

916-445-6713-Inmate Locator or website:

800-374-8474-Visiting Hotline

California Department of Corrections Website -

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Family Visits

NOTE: Some prisons are different, but here is some information that pertains to most California Prisons:

The visitor(s) shall adhere to all institutional procedures and departmental regulations while on institutions grounds. Participation in the Family Visiting Program is restricted to immediate family members, unless a legal foster relationship exists. Immediate family members are defined as legal spouse of the inmate and the inmate's legal stepchildren.

Required Documentation Needed for Each Family Visit:

Proof of marriage shall be established by the inmate’s assigned Correctional Counselor, prior to a family visit being approved. A certified marriage certificate shall be required and presented to the Family Visiting Officer prior to each visit. A marriage certificate is required for both stepparents and the inmate’s wife. No Photostat copies will be accepted.

You must bring positive identification showing a photo for every visitor 18 years of age or over. Positive valid identification shall be one of the following. Drivers license, DMV Identification Card, passport, USINS card, military I.D. or other piece of governmental identification. The inmate's brother, sister, children and grandchildren (minors and adults) must present birth certificates prior to each family visit. Grandparents must bring verification of relationship prior to the family visit. This can be done presenting the inmate's birth certificate and the inmate's parent's certified birth certificate (the grandparent's child) to show family lineage. An inmate’s minor children visiting without their natural mother, must be accompanied by an approved adult visitor. Who must present a written notarized approval from the minor child's natural parent or legal guardian.
All certificates must be obtained through the county recorder's office and must be embossed or have inked county seat.

Authorized Property for Family Visits:

Visitors are authorized to possess the following items while participating in the family visiting program:

* One bag of clothing per visitor in paper, plastic or canvas duffel type bags. No suitcases are permitted.

* Soft bound books and magazines only (not to exceed ten)

* The visitor must provide washcloths and dishtowels. Bath towels will be provided by the institution.

Visitors with Children:
Disposable diapers only, baby powder, baby food, and formula may be brought into the institution in factory-sealed containers only. Children's toys shall be simple games, coloring books, colored or regular pencils, or crayons. Only searchable toys will be allowed in.

Food for Family Visits:

The inmate, through the institution, purchases all of the food for the family visits. All food items not consumed on the visit must be taken home with the visitor or disposed of in an approved manner. Nothing may be taken back into the institution by the inmate.

Special Note: Only prescribed medication will be allowed. All medication must be accompanied by the current prescription and is subject to prior approval by the Chief medical Officer (CMO). A letter from your doctor listing your medication must be returned with your confirmation. Any person(s) visiting Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW), on a family visit, who needs narcotic medication, or life sustaining medication(s) or life sustaining apparatus, must have prior approval to participate in the family visiting program. Approval can be obtained by having your physician submit a letter to the CMO or VSPW to explain the extent of your medical problem and be in approval of your overnight visit to the prison. Failure to have prior written approval will result in your visit being denied upon arrival at the institution.


The same dress code applies for family visitors as regular visitors when entering and exiting the institution. Undergarments must be gender specific.

The following items are NOT allowed:
Clothing for inmates, garment bags, or hangers, blue denim jeans or jackets (male or female), sweats or jogging suits.

Cosmetics and basic hygiene:

The following cosmetic items listed are limited in quantity as to what is necessary for the duration of the visit. All items must be able to be searched with a limit of (5)

1. Makeup foundation 2. Blush 3. Eyeliner 4. Mascara 5. Lipstick

A spouse shall be permitted to bring into the institution a maximum of (10) commercially sealed condoms. All unused condoms shall be retained in their sealed containers and taken out of the institution by the visiting spouse. Under no circumstances shall an inmate be permitted to possess condoms outside of the family visiting quarters.


The following items must be factory sealed or in clear containers with clear contents (one of each) and must not contain alcohol and cannot be flammable:

1. Shampoo 2. Conditioner 3. Facial Cleanser 4. Toothpaste 5. Toothbrush 6. Bath Soap 7. Deodorant 8. Feminine hygiene 9. Lotion

All the items listed above depict those items that are authorized. Any items not listed above shall be considered unauthorized and will not be admitted into the institution.



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California Approved Vendors for Inmate Quarterly and Special Packages:
Note: Prison Talk Online does not endorse nor guarantee the quality and or level of service provided by the below listed suppliers. As a continued benefit for the support of inmates, these links are provided as a courtesy only.

"This is the full CDCR list of approved vendors. Please note that one or more of the listed vendors may not be approved by this prison."

Approved Vendors

Calendar Year 2010
(Revised 2/24/10)

Access Securepak
P. O. Box 50028
Sparks, NV 89435-0028
Ph: (800) 546-6283 (

Mikes Better Shoes
1252 Berlin-Haddonfield Road
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Ph: (800) 431-1911 (

Music by Mail
129 31st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Ph: (718) 369-6982

Packages R Us
2648 East Workman Ave. #424
West Covina, CA 91791
Ph: (866) 303-7787 (

Union Supply Direct
P.O. Box 7006
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220-7006
Ph: (866) 404-8989 (

The Inmate Store
P.O. Box 798
Pine Grove, CA 95665
Ph: (209) 257-4824 (

The Vitamin Outlet
Fitness Systems Mfg. Corp.
P.O. Box 2073
Sinking Spring, PA 19608
Ph: (800) 822-9995

1774 Industrial Way
Napa CA 94558
Ph: (800) 660-9255 (

Yellow Ribbon Online
580 N. Beach Street
Fort Worth, TX 76111
Ph: (866) 959-7426 (
For books and magazines (these are approved and recommended, but not the only two vendors you are allowed to use):

Barnes & Noble (

Amazon (


Quarterly Packages:

The California Inmate Quarterly Package system allows you to send much-desired items to your incarcerated loved one. Each institution sets it’s own rules as to what items are allowed and prohibited and items vary by privilege groups. As a result, vendors therefore provide services to a limited amount of Facilities, Camps, CCF’s or the LA County Jail System. All Quarterly Packages are limited to a maximum weight of 30 Lbs. Nor can they exceed dimensions of 24” x 24” x 24”. All vendors list those institutions for which they provide goods and services and what privilege groups.

Special Packages:

Special Packages allow for the purchase of Electronics, Accessories, Musical Instruments, Under Garments and Clothing, Correspondence Courses, Legal Material and Faith Based Items. That would otherwise crowd a quarterly package beyond its allowed weight or dimensions. There is no limit to the amount of special packages allowed in a calendar year.

For more information on quarterly packages and special purchases, you can contact the Receiving and Releasing Department at CCWF. Just call 559-665-5531 and press 0 to speak with an operator. You can then ask to be transferred to the R&R Department.

1st Quarter = January 1st - March 31st

2nd Quarter = April 1st - June 30th

3rd Quarter = July 1st - September 30th

4th Quarter = October 1st - December 31st

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Mailing Addresses

Indiviuals are free to contact any state prison inmate by mail. Incoming letters are opened and inspected for contraband and then forwarded to the inmate. To ensure prompt processing the following information should be included on the envelope:

Inmate’s full name, CDC#
Institution Name
P.O. Box Housing (preferable)
City, CA ZIP

To get an inmate’s CDC# or housing assignment, individuals should call the CCWF Public Information Officer (PIO): (559) 665-5531, ext. 5012

To write a CCWF inmate:

Inmate’s full name, CDC#
Housing #
P.O. BOX 1508
Chowchilla, CA 93610

To send a CCWF inmate a check or money order:

Inmate’s full name, CDC#
Housing #
P.O. BOX 1504
Chowchilla, CA 93610

To submit Visitor Questionnaire (CDC Form 106) form for approval send to:

ATTN: Visiting Sargent
Inmate’s full name, CDC#
Housing #
P.O. BOX 1504
Chowchilla, CA 93610

Central California Women's Facility Physical Address:

Central California Women’s Facility
23370 Road 22
Chowchilla, CA 93610

09-02-2006, 12:19 AM
Miscellaneous Information


Centerforce staff and volunteers provide services to incarcerated individuals in jails and prisons in Northern California and the California Central Valley. Services include health education, outreach, and one-on-one support for prisoners and violence intervention.

Centerforce provides CCWF with the following programs: Get Connected Project, Peer Health Education, and more.

Website Link -

Women Prisoners

This is a page for information, writings and links about women prisoners in California.

Website Link -

Samaritan Women - Community AfterCARE Resources

Samaritan Women assist incarcerated and previously incarcerated women with the following:

Help Meet Physical Needs
Household items
Housing at the Samaritan Women TLC Home or referral to other housing or rehabilitation programs

Assist in Accessing Community Resources
Social Services
Job skills

Fun Fellowship Fridays


Added Services
Child enrichment
Job skills training, computer experience, general office and telephoning

Services provided for Inmates
Pen pals

Website Link -

Corrections Staff Fellowship

Corrections Staff Fellowship is dedicated to the integrity
of the men and women of the Corrections profession,
and to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
who has called us to serve Him in Corrections.

When: Third Thursday Monthly, 7:00 AM & 3:00 PM
Where: Central California Women's Facility (Snack Bar)
Contact: Greg Schoonard (559) 665-6025 - Ext. 5012
Website Link -

Bible Believers Fellowship, Inc.

Bible Believers Fellowship, Inc. is not a church but a nondenominational, nonprofit, nationwide Christian prison ministry. It is BBFI's firm belief that even the most hardened of criminals, or troubled youth offenders, can be touched and changed forever. BBFI provides CCWF along with United States prison chaplains with free English and Spanish Christian literature and videos that will assist them in reaching prisoners with the Holy Word of God. BBFI also provides CCWF with free counseling and encouragement.

Website Link -

09-02-2006, 01:32 AM
Items you CAN send to CCWF:

• Postal Stamps (Limit of 40 Stamps)
• Photos (there is a limit of 20 pictures, no polaroids)
• Greeting cards (No larger than 8x10)
• Letters
• Magazines and paperback books- must be shipped directly from the vendor
• Money Orders -(made out to the inmate, with ALL inmate info included.)
• Anything on the “Approved” vendor list, on each vendor’s website
• JPay Transfer

Items you CANNOT send to CCWF:

• Pens/Pencils
• Binder Paper
• Envelopes
• Frontal Nudity Photos or Polaroids
• Phone Calling Cards
• Stickers, Tape, or Glue
• Glitter
• Anything Wire, Metal, or Plastic “Spiral” Notebooks
• Cash
• Photos larger than 8x10

If you have questions about items not listed here, please call CCWF at 559-665-5531.
Press "1" and someone in the mailroom will be able to answer your questions.

South Bay
03-01-2010, 03:41 PM
The Central California Women’s Facility 2008 Telephone Directory is attached. The directory was originally provided by the CDCR in paper format, and has now been converted into a PDF file.

South Bay Scott