Main Phone: (760) 246-7600
Physical Address: 22844 Virginia Blvd., California City, CA 93505 (Directions)
Learn about contacting, visiting, and corresponding with inmates and juveniles who are in our institutions.
CAC is a Level II, general population, facility consisting of three (3) facilities, encompassed within one air conditioned structure and includes one Administrative Segregation housing unit. CAC is owned by CoreCivic, leased, staffed and operated under the authority of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). CAC began receiving CDCR level II population in December of 2013.
California City Correctional Facility is designed to offer inmates who, based on their own behaviors and choices, are ready to take full advantage of programming opportunities. Programs are volunteer based and are intended to incentivize and reinforce positive life choices. Some of the program options may include:
Recreational and privilege options may include, but are not limited to:
John Garza has been Warden or Acting Warden at California City Correctional Facility since January 2017. Prior to his assignment as Acting Warden he held the position of Chief Deputy Warden at California Correctional Institution.
Mr. Garza began his career with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 1994 at North Kern State Prison. He promoted to Correctional Sergeant at California Correction Institution (CCI) in 1998, then accepted a promotion to Correctional Lieutenant at Chuckawalla State Prison in 2004.
In 2005, Mr. Garza accepted a lateral transfer to Kern Valley State Prison as part of an activation team where he later promoted to Correctional Captain in 2009. Between 2013 and 2016, Mr. Garza held positions at Wasco State Prison and Duel Vocational Institution to include; Associate Warden and Chief Deputy Warden.
Penny Shank began her career with CDCR in 2000 and has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer at California City Correctional Facility since May 2017. Prior to that, Penny was the CEO at California State Prison–Los Angeles County for five years, where she also held positions as the Food Administrator I, Correctional Health Services Administrator II, and Chief Support Executive. Penny is also a Registered Dietitian. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s Degree from Bowling Green State University.
Local Inmate Family Councils (IFC's) are a gathering of family and friends of the incarcerated who meet regularly with Wardens to support visiting since keeping strong family connections with loved ones is a powerful rehabilitative tool. These IFC's promote visiting by clarifying rules and regulations as well as discussing health, education, vocational training, packages, books, and related issues. For more information on connecting with a local IFC, please visit the Statewide IFC website.