office of the ombudsman

Contact the Ombudsman's Office

Main Number: 916-445-1773


Sara Malone

Chief Ombudsman
Sara.Malone@cdcr.ca.gov
(916) 327-8467

Institutions covered:

  • California Correctional Center
  • California Health Care Facility Stockton
  • California Institution for Women
  • Central California Women's Facility
  • Folsom Women’s Facility
  • High Desert State Prison
  • Valley State Prison


Gabriel Vela

Ombudsman
Gabriel.Vela@cdcr.ca.gov
(916) 323-2994

Institutions covered:

  • Avenal State Prison
  • Calipatria State Prison
  • Centinela State Prison
  • Kern Valley State Prison
  • North Kern State Prison
  • Pleasant Valley State Prison
  • Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility
  • Wasco State Prison


Jean Weiss

Ombudsman
Jean.Weiss@cdcr.ca.gov
(916) 324-5458

Institutions covered:

  • California Men's Colony
  • California State Prison, Sacramento
  • Deuel Vocational Institution
  • Folsom State Prison
  • Mule Creek State Prison
  • Pelican Bay State Prison
  • San Quentin State Prison
  • Sierra Conservation Center


Cherita Wofford

Ombudsman
Cherita.Wofford@cdcr.ca.gov
(916) 324-6123

Institutions covered:

  • California Institution for Men
  • California Medical Facility
  • California Rehabilitation Center
  • California State Prison, Solano
  • California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (SATF)
  • Corcoran State Prison
  • Correctional Training Facility
  • Salinas Valley State Prison


Karin Richter

Ombudsman
Karin.Richter@cdcr.ca.gov
(916) 324-5448

Institutions covered:

  • California City Correctional Facility
  • California Correctional Institution
  • California State Prison, Los Angeles County
  • Chuckawalla Valley State Prison
  • Division of Juvenile Justice Facilities (DJJ)
  • Ironwood State Prison

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