Main Phone: (805) 547-7900
Physical Address: Colony Dr, San Luis Obispo, CA 93409 (Directions)
Learn about contacting, visiting, and corresponding with inmates and juveniles who are in our institutions.
The CMC is the second institution in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to offer a hospice program to the inmate population. The program has trained over 100 inmate volunteers since its inception at CMC in 2001. There are currently 61 volunteer inmates who have completed the training program and are available to visit terminally ill inmates that are housed in the institution hospital. These volunteers are also available to the general population inmates during a monthly memorial service to assist them in their grief of family members who have passed while incarcerated. The training was developed and presented by local hospice staff, to closely match training offered to volunteers within the community. According to volunteer inmates and inmate recipients of hospice care, the program is of great value on both sides of this very critical issue.
CDCR's Division of Rehabilitative Programs offers a wide range of programs for inmates. Check to see which programs are offered at this institution.
CMC has two physically separated housing complexes, commonly referred to as "East" and "West". An emphasis is placed on providing all inmates with programs for self-improvement. These programs include academic and vocational education, work skills in prison industries and inmate self-help group activities.
The Level III housing complex (East), which houses medium security general population inmates, is divided into four Facilities. Each Facility has its own dining room, classrooms, athletic fields, and two three-story housing units. The East housing complex has a fully licensed General Acute Care Hospital and provides a full range of medical services for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The facility also provides a Mental Health Delivery System in the form of an Enhanced Outpatient Program and Outpatient treatment for inmates assigned to the Correctional Clinical Case Management System, as well as a new fully licensed 50 bed Mental Health Crisis Unit.
The Level I and II housing complex (West) houses minimum security general population inmates in dormitory settings within three separate facilities. In addition, the West housing complex contains a Level I camp program for fire suppression, conservation and other community service work. CMC works extensively within San Luis Obispo County, in conjunction with other governmental entities, through Community Service Crews which perform many valuable services to the various communities within the county. CMC's West Facility has been designated as a re-entry hub. As part of the re-entry hub program, inmates are given the opportunity to take advantage of increased academic education and increased career technical education. CMC West inmates have access to cognitive behavior therapy programs such as substance abuse, criminal thinking, anger management and family relationships. Additionally, CMC West inmates may also take advantage to transitional programs that help them get jobs, plan out a career path, plan for their financial future and obtain a California ID card before their release.
Josie Gastelo has been Warden at the California Men’s Colony (CMC) State Prison in San Luis Obispo since September 2015. Gastelo has served as Chief Deputy Warden at the California Men’s Colony since October 2013.
She arrived at CMC in 2007, as a Correctional Business Manager II, promoted to Associate Warden over Business Services and Central Operations.
She served in multiple positions at Pleasant Valley State Prison, from 1994-2007, including Staff Services Manager I, Accounting Officer, Associate Governmental Program Analyst as the Budget Analyst and State Automated Preventive Maintenance System (SAPMS) Analyst. She worked at North Kern State Prison from 1992-1994, as the SAPMS Analyst.
She began her career with the California Department of Corrections in June 1988, at California State Prison (CSP), Corcoran as an Office Assistant. While at CSP-Corcoran, she also worked as a Program Administrator’s Secretary and Personnel Specialist.
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.
California Men’s Colony is always looking for highly motivated individuals to join our current staff. We post our vacancies, as they arise, on the State Personnel Board website at jobs.ca.gov, and on the CMC Job Line at (805) 547-7700. Information regarding the State civil service hiring process is also available at both resources. For additional assistance, you can call our Employment Office at (805) 547-7699. Questions for Medical, Mental Health and Dental vacancies can be addressed to the CCHCS Employment Office at (805) 547-7748 or (805) 547-7806.
CMC Employment Office:
(805) 547-7748 (Health Care)
(805) 547-7699 (Institution)