Correctional Training Facility (CTF)

Contact & Visiting Information

Main Phone: (831) 678-3951

Physical Address:

  • Highway 101 North*, Soledad, CA 93960 – * Highway 101, five miles north of Soledad

Mailing Addresses:

  • All Staff: P.O. Box 686, Soledad, CA 93960-0686
  • Inmate Facility A & B, P.O. Box 705, Soledad, CA 93960
  • Inmate Facility C, P.O. Box 689, Soledad, CA 93960
  • Inmate Facility D, P.O. Box 690, Soledad, CA 93960

Visiting Hours and Directions:

Visiting Days: Saturdays, Sundays and Designated Holidays*
from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Note: North Facility "A" and "B" yard alternate visitation each weekend and you may request an 'A' and 'B' yard visiting schedule from the Officer at the Central Front Entrance.


  • Northern California - Take exit 307 from US Hwy 101. Make a left at the bridge. Make a stop and proceed forward towards the Gate House and check in with the Officer.
  • Southern California -Take exit 307 from US Hwy 101. Make a right at the stop sign and proceed toward the Gate House and check in with the Officer.

Scheduling Appointments:

To schedule a VPASS, Non-Contact (behind glass), or Ad-Seg visit, read the following below:


Choose the correct facility according to the Inmate’s housing location.
VPASS appointments made for the incorrect facility and or prison will not be honored at CTF.

VPASS appointments may be made up to 3 weeks in advance starting at 6:00 pm on Mondays.
(Example- Today is Apr 25, 2016 and you want to schedule an appointment for May 21, 2016. You must wait until Monday, May 2, 2016 at 6pm to schedule an appointment for May 21, 2016. The three week count begins on Mondays at 6:00pm)

To schedule a VPASS appointment, proceed to: and register using your email address. VPASS appointments are not needed for Facility D (South). Facility D appointments are by walk in only.

Instructional video aides and a list of FAQ are available at the above listed web address.

Once VPASS registration is complete, follow the steps below:

  • Proceed to:
  • Select the ‘Login’ link highlighted in blue located on the right hand side of the web page.
  • Select the ‘View Disclaimer’ link highlighted in blue located in the middle of the web page.
  • Read the disclaimer.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the ‘Accept’ icon if you want to proceed.
  • Enter the username and password you selected when you registered your VPASS account.
  • Read the facility message board that states: Correctional Training Facility (in blue lettering)
  • Please have the following items ready before you make an appointment:
    1. Inmate Name
    2. Inmate CDC number
    3. Inmate Location (Central Fac-C or North Fac A/B)
    4. Preferred Time for processing
    5. Number of Visitors
    6. Names of Visitors
  • Select New Appointment.
  • Select Facility from drop down box (Enter correct facility and yard: Correctional Training Facility North A/B-SNY or Correctional Training Facility Central C-GP). Selecting the incorrect facility, yard and prison will not be honored at CTF and you will be asked to stand in the walk-up line for a visit or to reschedule for another time or day.
  • Select Appointment Time and Preferred Date from the drop down box.
  • Select the CDC# of the inmate you are wishing to visit. If inmate CDC# does not appear then select ‘Add New’ from the drop down box and enter inmate CDC#, first and last name.
  • Select total number of visitors from the drop down box.
  • Select white icon box that states ‘Lock these choices and search for appointments.’
  • Select the desired processing time indicated by a bubble or select ‘Later Appointments Available’
  • Select continue
  • Select and check the box of the visitor(s) from the list or add visitors to the list using the Add Visitor option.
  • Select ‘Continue.’
  • Select ‘Confirm’ this appointment. Your processing appointment is not confirmed until you select to confirm.
  • For your convenience, Select printable page, print and bring with you to visitor processing. You will also receive a VPASS email to the email address you registered your VPASS account with.

To Cancel a VPASS appointment:

Log into your VPASS account.
In the box located under ‘My Appointments,’ select the word ‘Select’ which is highlighted in the color blue that is associated with the day of the appointment you are trying to cancel.
Select ‘Cancel Appointment.
Select the ‘OK’ box.
You will receive a Confirmation of Cancellation via email.
You may now reschedule another appointment.

* Visitors, it is your responsibility to schedule the visiting appointment for the appropriate yard and appropriate prison.

Administration Segregation Visits (Ad-Seg):
Ad-Seg Visiting Days: Saturdays, Sundays, and Designated Holidays*
Ad-Seg Visiting Hours: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Processing of visitors for Ad-Seg inmates will end at 1230 hours, A pre-scheduled visiting appointment is required for inmates housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit.
To schedule an Ad-Seg appointment call the Correctional Training Facility at (831) 678-5894 on the designated days and times listed below:

Monday: Facility A*/B*/D 10:00a-1:00p *Facility A/B must be on visit rotation
Tuesday: Facility C Only 10:00a-1:00p  
Wed/Thu/Fri: All Facilities 6:00p-8:00p  

Do not leave a voice message, it will not be returned. Visitor must speak to a visiting officer.

*Visiting Holidays include: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Visitor Processing:

Visitors can access facility grounds no earlier than 7:30 AM or one hour before their schedule appointment time.

All visitors must park in the main visitor parking lot. Visitors with a valid disabled placard may park in the designated spaces near the Central Entrance Building.

If you have scheduled an appointment, you must check in at the Central Entrance Building to retrieve your visiting pass.

If you do not have an appointment, you should not arrive before 11:00 AM. Obtain a Walk-In Number from the Central Front Entrance Officer and must wait behind the designated cone located outside the Central Front Entrance to receive your visiting pass after 11:30a appointments have been processed.

Visitors will be processed according to their scheduled time slot.

Helpful Tips

  • Schedule your visit, as there is no guarantee that all unscheduled visitors will be processed due to limited space availability.
  • Check-in at the Central Entrance Building approximately 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • Leave all unauthorized items secured in your vehicle or at Friends Outside.
  • Park in the designated area and secure your vehicle completely.

For more visiting Guidelines refer to

NOTE TO ALL VISITORS:  The building behind the flag pole is the Entrance Building that processes CTF visitors.

The appointment time is the time you begin the Visitor Processing. Visitor processing times will vary due to institutional layout and other security issues that may arise during processing.

Scheduled appointments can be made for your entire party as long as it is for the same inmate, same time, and date. A maximum of 5 visitors for regular visiting and a maximum of 3 visitors for Ad-Seg and Non-Contact visits due to the limited space behind the glass provides at CTF.

There is no penalty for missing a scheduled appointment but we request that as a courtesy to other visitors, please log on to to cancel your scheduled appointment. Correctional Training Facility (CTF) Visiting will make every effort to process visitors as efficiently as possible every thirty (30) minutes, including late appointments.

Please refer to the Visitor Processing Appointment System (VPASS) at for more information and to view the “Active Facility Message” which is updated weekly, or Call the Visitor Information Line at (800) 374-8474.

Visitor Medication:

Visitors may retain only life-sustaining, condition-stabilizing medication with the prescribing physician's written statement of its immediate need, and only in the physician's prescribed amount immediately required to sustain or stabilize the condition during the visit. The physician's written statement shall include the physician's medical license number, address, and phone number. All medication shall be in its original pharmacy container with the patient's name, pharmacy, name of medication, prescribed dosage, and the physician's name indicated on the container's label.

About Correctional Training Facility

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The primary mission of the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) is to provide custody, care, treatment, and rehabilitative programs for inmates committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) by the courts. CTF provides long-term housing and services for minimum and medium custody inmates. As a Re-entry Hub CTF focuses on providing life skills for inmates through Academic and Career Technical Education (CTE) classes taught in our Valley Adult School (VAS), and by work assignments in Prison Industries Authority (PIA), leading to successful re-integration into communities throughout California.

Historical Notes

In the early months of 1946 the Carlyle Thorpe property four miles north of Soledad, on Highway 101, was selected as a suitable location for the new prison that would become the Correctional Training Facility (CTF), and 936.15 acres was purchased at a cost of $239,465.67. In August 1946, the first dormitory was constructed to house inmates at South Facility and was attached to San Quentin as a farming camp. In August, 1949, work was started on the construction of Central Facility housing the first inmates on December 3, 1951. In March, 1956, work was started on the construction of North Facility housing the first inmates in September, 1958. (Research by Jeff Soares)

About the Warden

Shawn Hatton has been the acting Warden at the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) since Jan. 19, 2016.

Prior to CTF, he worked as a Correctional Officer at the Gabilan Conservation Camp CC #38 from 1988 to 2001. He transferred to Salinas Valley State Prison where he worked from 2001 until 2016. He held several positions, including include Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Correctional Administrator and Chief Deputy Administrator.