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CDCR - California Men's Colony (CMC)

State Prison

Last Updated: July 29, 2022
Address
Hwy 1 PO Box 8101, San Luis Obisbo, CA 93409-8101
Beds
6586
County
San Luis Obispo
Phone
805-547-7900
Mailing Address
PO Box 8103, San Luis Obisbo, CA 93409-8103

California Men's Colony is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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CDCR - California Men's Colony (CMC) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 805-547-7900

The inmates housed at California Men's Colony located at Hwy 1 PO Box 8101 in San Luis Obisbo, CA are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

California Men's Colony (CMC) is an adult male state prison located northwest of San Luis Obispo CA halfway between SF and LA. CMC houses over 6500 inmates from minimum to medium security custody levels.

The complex made up of two facilities, East and West. The medium-security east facility has level III with individual cells, fenced perimeters and armed coverage, with housing divided into four quadrangles, as well as a licensed hospital and mental health delivery system. The West facility houses Level I (without a secure perimeter) housing and Level II (with secure perimeter fences and armed coverage) open dormitories.

Notable inmates include prominent Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton who was confined to his cell because he refused to work; former Dallas Cowboy Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson was in CMC between 1984 and October 1986 "for sexually assaulting two teenage girls and then trying to bribe them not to testify against him"; notorious banker Charles Keating Jr. began his stay at CMC in 1992; Suge Knight was incarcerated at CMC beginning in February 1997 but was later transferred to Mule Creek State Prison; Ike Turner served 18 months of a four-year sentence at CMC between March 1990 and September 1991 for cocaine possession; Christian Brando served five years of a 10-year term in the fatal shooting of his half sister's boyfriend; Timothy Leary was imprisoned at CMC after being sentenced in March 1970 for possession of marijuana, but escaped from the West facility; Mark Rogowski - Former professional skateboarder pleaded guilty on March 20, 1991, to the murder and rape of Jessica Bergsten

Basic adult education and a GED programs are some of the things inmates can take advantage of while incarcerated. Selected inmates may work on the fire crews that help the conservation department battle wildfires. Other vocational opportunities exist at this institution as well for inmates looking to learn a new skill.

The Level III housing complex (East), which houses medium security general population inmates, is divided into four Facilities. Each Facility has its own dining room, classrooms, athletic fields, and two three-story housing units. The East housing complex has a fully licensed General Acute Care Hospital and provides a full range of medical services for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The facility also provides a Mental Health Delivery System in the form of an Enhanced Outpatient Program and Outpatient treatment for inmates assigned to the Correctional Clinical Case Management System, as well as a new fully licensed 50-bed Mental Health Crisis Unit.

The Level I and II housing complex (West) houses minimum security general population inmates in dormitory settings within three separate facilities. In addition, the West housing complex contains a Level I camp program for fire suppression, conservation and other community service work. CMC works extensively within San Luis Obispo County, in conjunction with other governmental entities, through Community Service Crews which perform many valuable services to the various communities within the county. CMC's West Facility has been designated as a re-entry hub. As part of the re-entry hub program, inmates are given the opportunity to take advantage of increased academic education and increased career technical education. CMC West inmates have access to cognitive behavior therapy programs such as substance abuse, criminal thinking, anger management and family relationships. Additionally, CMC West inmates may also take advantage to transitional programs that help them get jobs, plan out a career path, plan for their financial future and obtain a California ID card before their release.

CDCR - California Men's Colony (CMC) - Visitation Guide
CDCR - California Men's Colony (CMC) - Inmate Packages
CDCR - California Men's Colony (CMC) - Parole Information

Inmate Locator

CDCR - California Men's Colony (CMC) is a facility in the California Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

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Covid Visitation Information

All 35 CDCR prisons will offer limited video visiting starting this month to allow friends and family a way to safely connect with incarcerated people. In order to reduce noise levels in video visiting areas, effective immediately incarcerated people are authorized to bring their personal earphones/headphones to their scheduled visit. They will be required to disinfect them prior to connecting them to the computer. Staff will direct individuals when and where to connect. Institutions have also been instructed to ensure canteens are well-stocked with earphones for purchase.

If a reservation request is successful, confirmation emails will arrive with the subject line “Webex meeting invitation.” Please do not delete – this email contains a link to join the video visit and details on time and day of the confirmed visit. Please check your spam or junk folder in your email account if you don’t immediately see the confirmation in your inbox.

Please note: Incarcerated people in isolation or quarantine will not be able to participate in video visiting.

CDCR recognizes visiting is an important way to maintain family and community ties. At the same time, our first priority is the health and safety of those who live in and work in our facilities.

CDCR will now begin to offer real-time video visiting as a safe way for incarcerated people to see and speak with their loved ones. We have developed a virtual process in cooperation with California Correctional Health Care Services and the California Department of Public Health.

Under the new system, each inmate will have the opportunity for a free 30-minute video visit every 30 days. This includes holiday visits. Visits will take place on weekends and holidays. Most facilities will schedule their visits between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., but hours may vary.

Scheduling Video Visits

Prospective visitors must submit visiting requests directly to the institution where their loved one is housed, using the designated email addresses for each institution:

Only those individuals who have already been approved as a visitor may make an appointment. Step-by-step instructions can be found here. VPASS will no longer be used to schedule a visit.

Reservations will be taken weekly, beginning each Saturday at 8 a.m. through Monday at 8 a.m. for visits the following weekend. Please note, emails received outside the timeframe allowed will not be rolled over to the following weekend for review. Instead, a new request must be submitted during the following week reservation timeframe. Reservations are currently only available for the first five institutions. Not all reservations may be accepted because of space and equipment limitations.

Visitation Information

CDCR - California Men's Colony (CMC) - Visitation

Visiting a CDCR facility must be conducted in a manner that maintains order, safety, and security of the people and facility. Failure to comply with the established regulations and policies may result in a warning or termination, suspension, or revocation of your visiting privileges.

Recommended Steps Before Visiting:

  1. Read Visitation Guidelines to understand what you can expect and what is expected of you
  2. Find out in which facility your inmate is housed
  3. Schedule a visit online using the VPASS system
  4. The day of your scheduled visit, check the Visiting Status to ensure the institution is accepting visitors

Visitation Guidelines

Refer to the Department's current policies and regulations in Title 15and the Department Operations Manual if you want to know more.

Locate Inmate

Use the Inmate Locator to find an inmate and what facility they are housed in.

Schedule Visit

Sign-up or log into VPASS to schedule an inmate visit. VPASS stands for Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System. Note: this requires creating an online account.

Check Visiting Status

You can find out the visiting status of a CDCR facility in one of two ways:

  • Call the Visiting Status Hotline at 1-800-374-8474
  • Check the VPASS Visiting Status; locate the facility you plan to visit.

You should always do this the day you plan to visit, because visitation can sometimes be unexpectedly cancelled.

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