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California State Prison, Centinela (CEN)

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Physical Address: Mailing Address:
2302 Brown Road
Imperial, CA 92251
(760) 337-7900
P.O. Box 731
Imperial, CA
Mailing Address for Inmates:  
Facility A Facility B
P.O. Box 901
Imperial, CA 92251-0901
P.O. Box 911
Imperial, CA 92251-0911
Facility C Facility D
P.O. Box 921
Imperial, CA 92251-921
P.O. Box 931
Imperial, CA 92251-0931

Warden (A) Madden

Raymond Madden,
Warden (A)

3 Ways of Sending Money to Inmates

  1. Lock Box: A no fee service with a shorter hold time for sending money via money order, personal check, or cashier’s checks.
  2. EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer): A paid service, this is the fastest option with funds posted to inmate’s account within 1 to 3 days.
  3. Mail funds directly to the institution: Never a fee. All funds except Certified Funds are subject to a 30 day hold.

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California State Prison, Centinela - Mission Statement

The mission of Centinela State Prison is to provide long term confinement to men who have been convicted of felonious crimes and remanded to the State of California for incarceration   Inmate productivity and self-improvement are considered integral components to Centinela's overall objective to reduce recidivism among those inmates incarcerated at our institution.

Institution Details

Centinela State Prison attempts to achieve inmate productivity and self-improvement by providing legally mandated work and study opportunities for all inmates (AB 1403 - Chapter One Statues of 1982).  This goal is accomplished through the development of support services, academic education, vocation instruction, spiritual programs, work assignments, substance abuse programs and the availability of self-help programming.

Centinela State Prison provides for the confinement of General Population, Level I, Level III inmates, Level III sensitive needs and maximum security (Level IV) inmates.

Centinela also has an Institutional Hearing Program (IHP) which prepares inmates who are illegal immigrants for release back to their native lands through the US Immigration and Naturalization Services.