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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:

General Population Visit
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.

Non-Contact Visits
Non-Contact Visiting Days: Saturdays, Sundays, and Designated Holidays*
Non-contact Visiting Hours: 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Processing of visitors for Non-Contact inmates will end 1230 hours, A pre-scheduled visiting appointment is required for Non-Contact inmates housed in Administrative Segregation Unit.
To scheduled a Non-Contact appointment call Correctional Training Facility's Visitor Processing at (831) 678-5894 or by email

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

Visitor Processing:

Visitors can access facility grounds no earlier than 7:30 AM.

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 andmust wait behind the designated cone to receive your visiting pass.

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.

Scheduling Appointments:

Visiting Processing Appointments Scheduling System (VPASS) become available each Monday at 12:01 AM. You may schedule an appointment three (3) weeks in advance. Do not use VPASS for Non-Contact visit.

Visitors may schedule appointments over the telephone, (831) 678-5894 (this is a direct line) during the following times.

Monday, Facilities A and B (NORTH) and D (SOUTH) Only (visitors can begin scheduling for the weekend three (3) weeks ahead 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Tuesday, Facility C ONLY (visitors can begin scheduling for the weekend three (3) weeks ahead. 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday All Facilities 6:00PM-8:00 PM

Visitors may request scheduled appointments via e-mail at once the request is processed staff will e-mail the visitor a confirmation. The request must include the names of the visitors, inmates name, number, and housing, date and time of the request. If the requested time is not available you will be scheduled for the next available time slot.

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.

Visitors may schedule appointments in person at the conclusion of their visit at the Central Entrance Building during regular visiting hours.

There is no penalty for missing a scheduled appointment, but we request that as a courtesy to other visitors, please call or e-mail 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.

3rd Day of Visiting   (a.k.a. Friday Visiting Program)

The Correctional Training Facility has been funded for the third day of visiting. The addition of the third day of visiting is incentive based with specific guidelines and criteria that the inmate must meet to be eligible for a Friday visit. The additional day will be held on Fridays. South Facility will visit with Central Facility in the Central Facility Visiting Room. North Facility will visit in the North Facility Visiting Room.

The Visiting hours for Friday visits are as follows:

  • Central and South Facility: 2:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • North Facility: 2:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Visiting Program Restrictions:

  1. Disciplinary free for three (3) months. (CDCR-115 only)
  2. No C/C status inmates
  3. No Voluntarily unassigned inmates
  4. Inmates with drug or other offences which resulted in visiting restrictions do not qualify for participation.

The above listed restrictions are for Friday visits only. Saturday and Sunday visits have not changed.

It is the responsibility of the inmate to inform their visitor whether or not they qualify to visit on a Friday. Rule Violation Reports are tracked by the Visiting Processing Staff and visitors will not be permitted to visit until the end of the three months from the guilty finding of the CDCR-115. Visitors will be permitted to park in the visitor's parking lot no earlier than 1:00 p.m. Visitors will walk to the Central Front Entrance (Visiting Process Area) to receive their visiting passes.

For additional visitor information, please contact our visiting staff at (831) 678-3951, ext. 4012/4013.

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)

Warden Spearman(A)

About the Warden

Marion Spearman has been warden or acting warden at CTF in Soledad since 2012.

Warden Spearman has served in multiple positions since 2011 at CTF, including chief deputy administrator.

He served in multiple positions at Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) from 1994 to 2011, including correctional administrator, facility captain, correctional lieutenant, sergeant and officer.

He was a correctional officer at Mule Creek State Prison from 1987 to 1994.