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Taft Correctional Institution (CI) - CLOSING JAN 31, 2020

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Last Updated: May 15, 2020
1500 Cadet Rd, Taft, CA 93268
Mailing Address
PO Box 7001, Taft, CA 93268
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Taft Correctional Institution (CI) - CLOSING JAN 31, 2020's comprehensive information to help guide you through the federal prison process, specifically on how to remain connected to your inmate while they are incarcerated.

The MTC-Taft CI is a federal prison located at 1500 Cadet Rd in Taft, CA. This CLOSED security prison is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to hold inmates who have been convicted to and sentenced for a federal crime through the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Locate all federal inmates here. If you would like to speak with a case manager or counselor, call 661-763-2510.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has confirmed that the decision to close the Taft Prison at the end of January was because funds did not exist for an estimated $100 million worth of repairs. BOP officials confirmed with 23ABC that on Tuesday, they notified MTC Corporation that the Taft Correctional Institution, which is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility, would be deactivated on January 31. The decision comes after 10 to 15 years of infrastructure problems at the jail that included geological and seismic concerns, according to BOP's statement. An assessment of the building concluded that repairs would end up costing an estimated $100 million in which BOP said there were not enough funds for.


Notable inmates that served time here include Jordan Belfort, the former stockbroker who pleaded guilty to fraud and related crimes in connection with stock-market manipulation and running a boiler room as part of a penny-stock scam. Belfort spent 22 months in prison as part of an agreement under which he gave testimony against numerous partners and subordinates in his fraud scheme. He published the memoir The Wolf of Wall Street in 2007, which was adapted into a film and released in 2013. Thomas B. Kin Chong is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, writer, director, musician and cannabis rights activist who is known for his marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong comedy albums and movies with Cheech Marin. Donald Blankenship (born March 14, 1950) is an American business executive and candidate for the United States Senate in West Virginia in 2018. He was Chairman and CEO of the Massey Energy Company—the sixth-largest coal company (by 2008 production) in the United States. In April 2016, Blankenship was sentenced to one year in, prison and fined $250,000 and reported to FCI Taft the next month. He was released from prison on May 10, 2017. Victor H. "Vic" Kohring is a former member of the Alaska House of Representatives. A Republican, he was elected to seven consecutive two-year terms beginning in 1994. Kohring was indicted on federal bribery and extortion charges on May 4, 2007. He, along with former state legislators, Republicans Pete Kott, and Bruce Weyhrauch, was accused of soliciting and accepting bribes from VECO, an oilfield services company. He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison. Rudy Kurniawan, birth name Zhen Wang Huang is a wine collector and convicted perpetrator of wine fraud. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Inmate Locator

Taft Correctional Institution (CI) - CLOSING JAN 31, 2020 is a facility in the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) publishes the names of their inmates currently in one of their locations nationwide. Your search should start with the first locator to see if your loved one is there. You will need the offender's first and last name and it must be spelled exactly. If you have a nine-digit BOP Inmate ID number (xxxxx-xxx)

If you cannot find your inmate in the federal search, the second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is all the inmates currently incarcerated in all prisons, jails and detention centers. You do not need to sign up to use this free inmate locator.

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Covid Visitation Information

We remind all visitors to carefully review our special visiting procedures during the COVID pandemic, and also remind all visitors to observe applicable state and local COVID travel restrictions in planning your visit to the institution.

Please call 661-763-2510 prior to your visit to get the latest updates, time changes or visitation cancellations.

All visitors will be temperature checked with results annotated at the screening site prior to entrance. All staff working the screening site will be in proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Visitors will be in-processed on a first come first serve basis, adhering to social-distancing requirements. If distancing requirements cannot be met, visitors may be asked to wait outside for systematic in-processing to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Inmates on quarantine or isolation status will not be permitted visits - it will be the visitor's responsibility to check with the institution prior to arrival to ensure the scheduled visit can still take place.

The visiting room is designed to maximize social distancing, with a minimum of six feet between persons. Inmates are permitted two visitors per visit. To ensure equal opportunities, the frequency of visits determines any termination. Appropriate face coverings are mandatory for all inmates and visitors, all visitors wearing a mask will be provided one by the institution, theirs will be secured in the lockers in the lobby. No physical contact, photographs, food, or drink is permitted. A hand hygiene station, including alcohol-based hand sanitizer, is available at all visiting entrances and exits. Orderlies are assigned to each visitation room and will continually sanitize all touch surfaces, restrooms, etc.

Visitation Information

MTC-Taft CI - Visitation

Federal facility visiting hours

Sunday 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday 5:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 5:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Federal Holidays 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

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