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California Institution for Men (CIM)

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Physical Address: Mailing Address:
14901 Central Avenue
Chino, CA 91710
(909) 597-1821
P.O. Box 128
Chino, CA  91708

Tim Perez, Warden (A) - Photo not  available

Tim Perez, Warden (A)


Inmate Mailing Address:

CIM Facility D (Level-I)
P.O. Box 600
Chino, CA 91708
CIM Facility B (RC)
P.O. Box 441
Chino, CA 91708
CIM Facility A (WEST)
P.O. Box 368
Chino, CA 91708
CIM Facility C (EAST)
P.O. Box 500
Chino, CA 91708


California Institution for Men - Mission Statement

CIM opened in San Bernardino County in 1941 on 2,500 acres of land. The California Institution for Men (CIM) is a large complex consisting of four separate facilities under the administration of one warden.

Facility A has an inmate population of approximately 1113 Level-II Sensitive Needs Yard (SNY) inmates. The facility consists of eight dormitory housing units and each housing unit has a capacity of approximately 140 inmates.

Facility B has an inmate population of approximately 977 medium/maximum custody level inmates and serves as a reception center receiving and processing male inmates that have been newly committed to CDCR primarily from Riverside and San Diego County. The Reception Center completes diagnostic tests, medical/mental health screening, and literacy assessments for classification in order to determine the inmate's appropriate institutional placement. In addition to the reception center mission Facility B includes Palm and Cypress Halls as designated Administrative Segregation Units. These Administrative Segregation units receive inmates from CIM, California Rehabilitation Center, Local CDCR/Cal Fire camps, Inmates serving Security Housing Unit terms, in route to court or other CDCR Institutions.

Facility C has an inmate population of approximately 760 Level-III Sensitive Needs Yard (SNY) inmates, many of whom are serving life sentences. The facility consists of four housing units with a capacity of approximately 200 inmates. Facility C is located approximately 2 miles east of CIM's main complex.

Facility D has an inmate population of approximately 2000 general population inmates and is designated as a Secure Level-I. The facility consists of twelve housing units with each housing unit having a capacity of approximately 200 inmates. The California Code of Regulations defines a Level I as consisting primarily of open dormitories with a low security level with inmates with 0 to 18 points (least likely to misbehave) are housed in Level I facilities. Inmates with minimum custody can be housed and work outside the secure perimeter where inmates with medium custody are housed and work inside the secure perimeter but can live in a dormitory environment.

Academic and Inmate Leisure Time Activity Group (ILTAG) opportunities include High School/GED, Pre-Release, English as a Second Language, Literacy and Adult Basic Education, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Criminal Gang Anonymous, Celebrate Recovery, Veterans In Prison, Prison Fellowship Pre-release program, Center for the Empowerment of Families Fatherhood Group, Victim Offender Education Group, Toastmasters, Global Youth Connection, Alternative to Violence, California State University San Bernardino Visual Arts, and National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI).

Work programs include the PIA laundry, Juice Processing and packaging plant, Marine Technology Training Center deep sea diver training program, Janitorial services, Landscape design, automotive and Electronics repair.

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