Central California Women's Facility (CCWF)

Main Phone: (559) 665-5531

Physical Address: 23370 Road 22, Chowchilla, CA 93610 (Directions)

  • Institution: P.O. Box 1501, Chowchilla, CA 93610-1501
  • Inmates (make sure to include Inmate's Name and CDCR number): P.O. Box 1508, Chowchilla, CA 93610
  • PIA:  Dental laboratory, fabric products, farming, garment making, silk screening.
  • Vocational:  Auto body repair and refinishing, computer technology, cosmetology, electronics, office services.
  • Academic: Adult Basic Education, High School/GED, Pre-Release, Literacy Program, College Degree Program (provided by Feather River Community College).
  • Other:  Community Service Crews, Youth Diversion, Religious, Arts in Corrections, Victim Impact Self Awareness, Drug Treatment/Diversion, Parenting, Substance Abuse (Informational), Job Placement, Self-Help Groups (e.g., Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous, 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.

DRP Programs

CDCR's Division of Rehabilitative Programs offers a wide range of programs for inmates. Check to see which programs are offered at this institution.

Family Liaison Service Specialist

CDCR provides through a contract with a community-based organization an on-site Case Manager as a family reunification liaison for inmates and family members, to assist with an inmates pre-release preparation; and conduct Parenting and Creative Conflict Resolution classes for inmates. Please call the Institution to contact the Family Reunification Liaison.

 

Details

Central California Women's Facility is the largest female institution in the state which is 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."

Warden Hill

Janel Espinoza has been acting Warden at the California Central Women’s Facility since July 2017.

She served as the Chief Deputy Warden of Central California Women’s Facility, from 2016 to 2017. She previously served as an Associate Warden of the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility at California State Prison, Corcoran from 2009 to 2016.

Espinoza served in multiple classifications at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility from 2002 to 2016, including Correctional Administrator, Facility Captain, and Correctional Counselor Supervisor. Espinoza began her career in 1996 as a Medical Technical Assistant at Wasco State Prison and worked at Corcoran State Prison as a Correctional Counselor I from 1999 to 2002.

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.