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Sending money to an inmate at this institution is changing

Beginning March 2, 2015, this institution will participate in a 60-day pilot program using the Lock Box service. Lock Box allows for incoming inmate monies to be mailed to a secured centralized depository. Upon completion of the pilot program, these institutions will use the Lock Box service for inmate deposits of checks and money orders up to $999.99. Checks and Money Orders in the Amount in of $1,000.00 or more will still be accepted at the institution.

The process for Electronic Fund Transfers remains unchanged for ALL prisons. Find out more about sending money to inmates.

California State Prison, Centinela (CEN)

Aerial view of Centinela State Prison. CLICK to download a copy.
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)

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, Statutes of 1982).  This goal is accomplished through the development of support services, academic education, vocational instruction, and the availability of self-help programming.

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.

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