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California Rehabilitation Center (CRC)

Contact & Visiting Information

Main Phone: (951) 737-2683

Physical Address:

  • 5th Street & Western, Norco, CA 92860

Mailing Addresses:

  • All Staff: P.O. Box 1841, Norco, CA 92860-0991
  • Inmate General Mail: California Rehabilitation Center, Inmate Name / CDCR Number / Dorm & Bed, P.O. Box 3535, Norco, CA 92860
  • Inmate Money Orders: California Rehabilitation Center, Inmate Name / CDCR Number / Dorm & Bed, P.O. Box 2000, Norco, CA 92860

Visiting Hours and Directions:

Saturdays and Sundays from 7:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Holidays* from 7:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
* New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas

The men's weekend visiting schedule is controlled by the last two numbers of the inmate's prison number.

Visiting Calendars for 2015 (July-December).

Please refrain from wearing blue jeans, blue shirts or any clothing similar to that worn by the inmate population. Additionally, please be sure to have proper identification when visiting the institution.

Please be safe and enjoy your visit.

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.

VIsiting Hotline:

Direct: 951-737-2683 x4362      Toll-Free: 800-374-8474

General Directions:

The California Rehabilitation Center is located 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles, 15 miles northwest of Riverside. For additional information, visit this link  to customize your driving directions.

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.

City of Norco - General Information

  • Lodging: Guesthouse International, 3131 Hamner Avenue, Norco, CA 92860
    (951) 736-6400, Toll-Free 1(877) 630-8852. Located approximately 1.5 miles east of CRC.
  • Accommodations: In-room refrigerators, microwave ovens, satellite movies, king/queen size beds.
  • Dining: A variety of dining establishments to suit all tastes.
  • Shopping: Wal-Mart, Target, Ontario Mall (20-minute drive).

About California Rehabilitation Center

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CRC Center is a medium Level II correctional facility with an inmate population consists of felon commitments. The primary goals of CRC are to provide an atmosphere of safety and security to the public, visitors, staff, and inmates.

The administration at CRC is cognizant of the rights and entitlements of all CRC commitments. We fully support and adhere to a guidelines and provisions governing the Disability Placement Program and the Correctional Clinical Case Management System.

In addition to staffing, CRC is also responsible for providing 100+ correctional custody personnel to provide medical guarding and transportation services to Patton State Hospital. CRC also provides Fire Suppression, Conservation, and Community Service assistance to the public.

Values Statement

CRC is committed to maintaining an exemplary value structure. We are inherently responsible for providing safety, security, and a realize sense of wellbeing to the public while promoting honesty, integrity, and ethical behavior at all times. We practice and value professionalism and excellence and acknowledge our responsibility for the custody, care, supervision, and most diligent efforts to rehabilitate and not punish those incarcerated at CRC. We strongly encourage offender programs and serve as a positive role model.

Historical Notes

The building now housing California Rehabilitation Center opened in 1928 as the Lake Norconian Club, a luxury hotel. In December 1941, President F. D. Roosevelt turned the resort into a Naval hospital. The hospital first closed in November 1949, reopened in 1950 during the Korean War, then closed again in June 1957. In March 1962, the federal government donated the facility to the state to use as a narcotics center. To help ease overcrowding in the 1980s, CRC began housing felons as well as civil narcotic addicts.

Warden Tampkins

About the Warden

Cynthia Y. Tampkins has been warden or acting warden at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco since 2011. Tampkins has served in multiple positions at CDCR from 1986 to 2011, including chief deputy warden, correctional administrator, correctional counselor III, classification and parole representative, correctional counselor, correctional lieutenant, correctional sergeant and correctional officer.