Central California Women's Facility (CCWF)

Contact & Visiting Information

Main Phone: (559) 665-5531

Physical Address:

  • 23370 Road 22, Chowchilla, CA 93610

Mailing Addresses:

  • 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

Visiting Hours:

* If you are experiencing flu like symptoms or are not feeling well, please stay home until you are feeling better. *

Saturdays, Sundays and Designated Holidays*  from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
* New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas

For up to date visiting information please call the visiting hotline at (800) 374-8474

For further information please contact our visiting staff at (559) 665-5531, ext. 7600.

Visiting Assistance:

A CDCR funded Visitor Center is at the institution operated by a community-based organization under contract to CDCR. The Visitor Center provides visiting assistance to family members and friends including a sheltered place to wait before and after visits, transportation to and from local transit terminals, childcare, clothing appropriate for visits on loan, and information about local resources, visiting rules and regulations.

Statewide Inmate Family Council Message:

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.

General Directions:

From Sacramento:

  • Take Highway 99 South
  • Three miles south of Chowchilla to the Avenue 24 exit
  • Left on Avenue 24; proceed four miles
  • Turn right on Road 22
  • First prison on your right

From Fresno:

  • Take Highway 99 North
  • Three miles past Madera
  • 20 1/2 exit
  • Proceed east for three miles
  • First prison on your left

Visit this link  to customize your driving directions.

Local Hotel Accommodations:

Chowchilla Inn
205 Carlyle Way
Chowchilla Ca. 93610
Hotel Front Desk: (559) 665-8700
Hotel Fax: (559)-665-8705
Email: chowchillainn@sbcglobal.net

Hampton Inn & Suites Madera
3254 Airport Drive
Madera Ca. 93637
Hotel Front Desk: (559) 661-0910
Hotel Fax: (559) 661-0929
Email: april.avila@hilton.com

Chowchilla Holiday Inn Express & Suites
309 Prosperity Blvd.
Chowchilla Ca. 93610
Hotel Front Desk: (559) 665-3300
Email: Samfhich@gmail.com

Holiday Inn Express
2290 Marketplace Dr.
Madera Ca. 93637
Hotel Reservations: 1-800-465-4329
Hotel Front Desk: (559) 661-7400
Hotel Fax: (559) 673-4800
E-mail: hiexpressmadera@hotmail.com

SpringHill Suites by Marriott
1219 East Almond Avenue
Madera Ca. 93637
Hotel Front Desk: (559) 664-9800
Sales Office: (559) 664-9800 x 407
Hotel Fax: (559) 664-9882
E-mail: cfarinelli@rimhospitality.com

About Central California Women's Facility

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The primary mission of the Central California Women's Facility (CCWF) is to process, rehabilitate, and incarcerate California's female offenders in a secure, safe, disciplined and ethical institutional setting. 


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 Espinoza (A)

About the Warden

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.