Image of a the inside of a Prison Facility

North Kern State Prison (NKSP)

Aerial view of North Kern State Prison. CLICK to download a copy.
Physical Address: Mailing Address:
2737 West Cecil Avenue
Delano, CA 93215
(661) 721-2345 (General)
P.O. Box 567
Delano, CA 93216-0567

Kelly Santoro, Warden (A)
Kelly Santoro
Warden (A)

3 Ways of Sending Money to Inmates

  1. Lock Box: A no fee service with a shorter hold time for sending money via money order, personal check, or cashier’s checks.
  2. EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer): A paid service, this is the fastest option with funds posted to inmate’s account within 1 to 3 days.
  3. Mail funds directly to the institution: Never a fee. All funds except Certified Funds are subject to a 30 day hold.

For more information, view in English or Español.

Visiting Hours and Directions

Saturdays, Sundays and Designated Holidays* from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

* New Year's Day, Independence Day,
Thanksgiving, Christmas

All visiting check-ins must be completed prior to 2:00 p.m.  For updated information in English and Spanish regarding NKSP visitor hours or closures, please contact the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's toll-free Visiting Information Line at (800) 374-8474 or contact (661) 721-2345 ext. 7033.


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.

Message from the Statewide Inmate Family Council:

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.

General Directions:

From Northern Destinations:

  • Take Hwy 99 south to the town of Delano
  • Take the Cecil Avenue exit
  • Proceed west on Cecil Avenue for approximately 3 miles
  • The prison will be on the right side of Cecil Avenue

From Southern Destinations:

  • Take Hwy 99 north to Delano, CA
  • Take the Cecil Avenue exit
  • Proceed west on Cecil Avenue for approximately 3 miles
  • The prison will be on the right side of Cecil Avenue
North Kern State Prison is located approximately 250 miles south of Sacramento, and approximately 180 miles north of Los Angeles.  It is approximately 4 miles north of Kern Valley State Prison. For additional information, visit this link  to customize your driving directions.