Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Designated Holidays* from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
* New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
All incoming processing begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 1:45 p.m.
Visit by appointment by calling (661) 758-8400 ext. 7864 Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. No Exception, all appointments must be made over the phone. Do not leave messages for appointments.
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.
For information on how to get to WSP, visit this link to customize your driving directions.
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.
The Wasco facility was the first of two reception centers in Kern County. The primary mission is to provide short term housing necessary to process, classify, and evaluate new inmates physically and mentally, to determine their security level, program requirements, and appropriate institutional placement.
A 400 bed medium custody facility houses general population inmates to help support and maintain the reception center. A minimum custody facility provides institutional maintenance and landscaping services.
John Sutton has been acting Warden at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center since June 2016.
He served as the Chief Deputy Warden at North Kern State Prison since April 2016 and prior as an Out of Class Chief Deputy Warden at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center from April 2015 to January 2016.
He has held numerous positions at Ironwood State Prison, California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and Wasco State Prison-Reception Center. The positions include Correctional Officer, Correctional Sergeant, Correctional Counselor I, Correctional Counselor II (Supervisor), Captain and Associate Warden.
He has been with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since January 1994.