CDCR-California Correctional Institution (CCI)

State Prison

Last Updated: May 27, 2024
24900 Hwy 202 PO Box 1031 , Tehachapi, CA 93581

CCI is for State Prison offenders sentenced anywhere from one year to life by the State Court in the county where the charges were filed

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for State - medium facility.

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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

Satellite View of CDCR-California Correctional Institution (CCI)

You can support your loved ones at CCI on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 661-822-4402.

Located at 24900 Hwy 202 PO Box 1031 in Tehachapi, CA, CCI carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. CCI offers diverse educational and vocational programs aimed at equipping offenders for successful reintegration into society and reducing recidivism. Through these initiatives, inmates gain skills and confidence, fostering personal growth and resilience.

When someone you care about ends up in a state prison, it can be tough to navigate the ins and outs of the system. From figuring out how to stay in touch to understanding what you can do to make their time easier, it can feel overwhelming. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get the lowdown on CDCR-California Correctional Institution (CCI) so you can stay connected and support your loved one during their time inside.

While incarcerated, reading is often the best use of time. Please note that books and magazines, puzzles, and word searches ordered for inmates must come directly from the publisher. This policy ensures that the items are new, untampered, and comply with the facility's regulations. Prisons and jails enforce this rule to prevent the introduction of contraband or prohibited materials. By restricting orders to publishers, the facility can better maintain security and control over the content entering the institution. Any books or magazines not received directly from the publisher will be rejected and not delivered to the inmate.

Located in the Cummings Valley region, the CCI has a rich history dating back to its opening in 1933. Originally established as a facility for incarcerated women, it was later repurposed as a male institution in 1954. However, its roots as a women's facility trace back even further to 1932 when it served as the original California Institution for Women, marking it as the state's first women's correctional facility.

Over the years, CCI has undergone significant developments to meet the changing needs of the correctional system. In 1985 and 1986, the state invested in constructing two new maximum-security facilities, followed by the addition of a high-medium custody facility in the subsequent year. These expansions enhanced CCI's capacity and capabilities to accommodate various custody levels.

As of September 2021, CCI spans 1,650 acres and comprises several housing levels, including Level I, II, III, and IV, each offering different security measures and accommodations. The facility includes a Security Housing Unit (SHU), designed as the most secure area within a Level IV prison, and a Reception Center (RC) tasked with processing, classifying, and evaluating incoming inmates. In recent years, CCI decided to deactivate its original minimum-security facility due to a decline in the minimum-custody population statewide, reflecting the institution's ongoing adaptations to changing trends and needs within the correctional system.

Inmate Locator

CCI maintains a database of current inmates and their locations within the system. To locate an inmate, begin by using the DOC locator tool, which requires entering the first three letters of the inmate's first and last name, allowing for variations in spelling.

If unable to locate the desired information through free resources, users may opt to use the Arrest Record Search, which requires payment. While this option incurs a small fee, it provides access to the most up-to-date data available.

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Visitation Information

California Correctional Institution currently offers All-day visiting. You must schedule utilizing the (VSA) at scheduling application. Requests sent via email will not be reviewed. The request period begins eight days before the visitation day and at 06:30 a.m. Learn how to visit an incarcerated person.


  • Fridays: 12:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Processing ends at 5:45 p.m.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Designated holidays: 8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. Processing ends at 1:45 p.m.

Walk-in Visitation Instructions

  • Fridays: 3:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Processing ends at 5:45 p.m.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Designated Holidays: 11:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. Processing ends at 1:45

Access to Institution Affected - CDCR urges those traveling to our institutions to plan for a safe trip. Before heading to an institution for an in-person visit, download the QuickMap app or visit for up-to-the-minute information on road conditions, traffic, closures, chain control, and more. If an institution must cancel visiting due to conditions such as weather, those with an appointment will receive a notice through the Visitation Scheduling Application (VSA). If you plan on participating in a walk-in visit, please contact the institution beforehand

Inmates are only allowed one (1) visit per day. Please utilize the inmate locator to find the updated housing of the inmate.

Visiting Sergeant Phone Number (661) 822-4402 Ext. 3150

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Ask The Inmate

Ask a former inmate questions at no charge. The inmate answering has spent considerable time in the federal prison system, state and county jails, and in a prison that was run by the private prison entity CCA. Ask your question or browse previous questions in response to comments or further questions of members of the InmateAid community.