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 Institution
  • California Institution for Women
  • California State Prison Sacramento
  • Central California Womenís Facility
  • Folsom State Prison
  • Folsom Womenís Facility
  • Pelican Bay State Prison
  • Valley State Prison


Gabriel Vela

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

Institutions covered:

  • California City Correctional Facility
  • California Menís Colony
  • California State Prison Los Angeles County
  • Kern Valley State Prison
  • North Kern State Prison
  • Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility
  • Wasco State Prison


Cherita Wofford

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

Institutions covered:

  • California Medical Facility
  • California State Prison Corcoran
  • California State Prison Solano
  • California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran
  • Calipatria State Prison
  • Correctional Training Facility
  • Mule Creek State Prison
  • Salinas Valley State Prison


Karin Richter

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

Institutions covered:

  • Avenal State Prison
  • California Health Care Facility Stockton
  • Chuckawalla Valley State Prison
  • Division of Juvenile Justice Facilities
  • Ironwood State Prison
  • Pleasant Valley State Prison


Brian Unden

Ombudsman
Brian.Unden@cdcr.ca.gov
(916) 324-3265

Institutions covered:

  • California Correctional Center
  • California Institution for Men
  • California Rehabilitation Center
  • Centinela State Prison
  • Deuel Vocational Institution
  • High Desert State Prison
  • San Quentin State Prison
  • Sierra Conservation Center