California State Prison Solano (SOL)

Contact & Visiting Information

Main Phone: (707) 451-0182

Physical Address:

  • 2100 Peabody Road, Vacaville, CA 95696

Mailing Address:

  • P. O. Box 4000, Vacaville, CA 95696-4000

Visiting Hours and Directions

Visiting is on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visitor processing ends at 1:45 p.m. each visiting day. Contact visit appointments are from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Walk-ins are allowed on grounds at 9:00 a.m. and will be processed in as time permits at 10:00 a.m. Please be advised the Walk-Ins process starts at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until 10:30 a.m. After 10:30 a.m. we continue with our Appointment process every 30 minutes. If time permits the Visiting Officers will process Walk-ins in between the 30 minute appointment slots if space becomes available. The last Appointment slot is at 12:00 p.m. Once all the 12:00 p.m. appointments are completed the Walk-ins process will recommence until the end of processing which concludes at 1:45 p.m.
Non-contact 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. by appointment only.

More information may be obtained by calling the 800 number listed below.

Visiting is allowed on the following Holidays: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.

For visiting information regarding rules, dress code, program changes, and allowable items, visitors should call 1-800-374-8474. Visitors and attorneys may also call the CSP-Solano Visiting Department at (707) 451-0182, ext. 3266, 5703, or 5085.

Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System (VPASS) Information:

California State Prison, Solano (SOL) is participating in the VPASS program. VPASS is an on-line program used to schedule appointments for visitor processing (contact visits only). New appointment times for SOL become available each Monday at 8 p.m. For more information about VPASS go to CDCR Visitation. In the event the VPASS appointments are full SOL’s non-appointment/walk-up are allowed on grounds at 9:00 a.m. and will be processed in as time permits at 10:00 a.m.

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.

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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.

About California State Prison Solano

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The primary mission of California State Prison (CSP)-Solano is to provide custody, care and treatment, and rehabilitative programs for those inmates committed to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by the courts.  CSP-Solano is designed as a medium security institution to provide housing for general population inmates. 

Institution Details

CSP-Solano focuses on providing a comprehensive work/training program with academic education, vocational training, and industries assignments geared towards providing inmates with work skills and education. Additionally, the institution has a variety of self-help programs including Al-anon, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), In-Building Self-Help Programs (IBSHPs), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI), The Victims Voice, Veterans Assistance, and the Youth Diversion Prisoners’ Outreach Program (POP). Through the educational and vocational training, industries assignments, and self-help programs, the institution provides inmates the opportunity to develop the life skills necessary for successful re-integration into society. The institution is comprised of four separate, semi-autonomous facilities, a 125 bed Administrative Segregation Unit, and a 16 bed Correctional Treatment Center.

Historical Notes

When the prison opened in 1984, it was administered by the warden of the California Medical Facility.  In January 1992, the two prisons were separated administratively and a warden was assigned to each prison.

Warden Arnold

About the Warden

Eric Arnold has been warden or acting warden at California State Prison, Solano, since 2014. He also served as chief deputy warden from 2013 to 2014.

He was an associate warden at California Medical Facility, Vacaville, from 2009 to 2013 and served as chief of the Classification Services Unit at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Adult Institutions headquarters, from 2007 to 2009.

He served in several positions at the California Medical Facility from 1990 to 2007, including facility captain, lieutenant, sergeant and correctional officer.

He was a correctional officer at Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy from 1989 to 1990.