Main Phone: (707) 451-0182
Physical Address: 2100 Peabody Road, Vacaville, CA 95696 (Directions)
Learn about contacting, visiting, and corresponding with inmates and juveniles who are in our institutions.
Pursuant to Penal Code 6352, CDCR is mandated to provide through a contact with a non-profit agency (Friends Outside) an on-site visitor center. The Friends Outside visitor center, called the Friendship House, provided inmate family members assistance with a sheltered area for visitors who are waiting before and after visits, appropriate attire via a clothing exchange, childcare during visiting hours for visitors’ children, assistance with transportation between public transit terminals and the institution, information on visiting regulations and processes, and referrals to other agencies and services.
CDCR FLS provides contract staff who will offer personal services to inmates and liaison services between inmates and their families to meet the requirements of Assembly Bill 2848 (AB 2848). The purpose is to alleviate inmate anxiety during incarceration and to promote family unity and reunification to increase the number of parole successes, reduce recidivism and enhance public safety. The Family Liaison Services Specialist also offers Parenting and Creative Conflict Resolution workshops for inmates. The responsibility of the FLS staff is to facilitate successful parole through the provision of personal services regarding family and personal issues by accomplishing the following objectives:
CDCR contracted with Community Works West to provide Parenting Inside Out (PIO) as a pilot program at selected institutions. CSP-Solano was selected as a pilot institution and implemented PIO on March 5, 2014. PIO offers inmates a 60-hour parenting curriculum recognized in California by Child Protective Services (CPS), a parenting support group for successful graduates, and supervised visits between inmates enrolled in PIO and their children and their care givers. PIO is intended to equip parents with cognitive and behavioral skills they can use to solve problems in the daily lives of their children and families.
CDCR's Division of Rehabilitative Programs offers a wide range of programs for inmates. Check to see which programs are offered at this institution.
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.
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.
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.
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.