California Correctional Institution (CCI)

Main Phone: (661) 822-4402

Physical Address: 24900 Highway 202, Tehachapi, CA 93561 (Directions)

  • Institution: P.O. Box 1031, Tehachapi, CA 93581
  • Inmates (make sure to include Inmate’s Name and CDCR number):
    • Facility A, P.O. Box 1902, Tehachapi, CA 93581
    • Facility B, P.O. Box 1906, Tehachapi, CA 93581
    • Facility C, P.O. Box 1905, Tehachapi, CA 93581
    • Facility D, P.O. Box 608, Tehachapi, CA 93581
    • Facility E, P.O. Box 107, Tehachapi, CA 93581
  • Prison Industries Authority (PIA), Fabrics (Clothing) manufactured for the following: California Youth Authority (CYA) Trousers, Shirts; CDCR, Blue Trouser, Shirts, Denim, and Foul Weather Jackets, Camp Pants and Jackets, and Women Pants; Department of Military, Navy Trousers; State Hospital, Khaki and Dark Brown Trouser, Shorts Aprons, and Jackets; and other miscellaneous sewn products.
  • Vocational: Computer and cabling, office services and word processing, air conditioning and refrigeration, automotive repair, welding, auto body repair, building maintenance.
  • Academic: Literacy, Adult Basic Education, GED, Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Under 21).
  • Religious Programs with staff chaplains to include Native American, Muslim, Jewish, Protestant and Catholic.
  • Self Help Programs to include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Criminals and Gang Members Anonymous (CGA), Celebrate Recovery, Purpose Driven Life, Alternatives to Violence (ATV), St. Vincent de Paul Society (Assist indigents), White Bison (Native American) and  Incarcerated Veterans Group.

DRP Programs
CDCR’s Division of Rehabilitative Programs offers a wide range of programs for inmates. Check to see which programs are offered at this institution.

Tehachapi, the home of California Correctional Institution is 4,000 feet in elevation and located between the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert. There’s plenty to do in and around Tehachapi including the Tehachapi Loop, a scenic 0.73 mile long loop on the Union Pacific Railroad Mojave Subdivision through Tehachapi Pass and the Tehachapi Mountains. Here’s an interesting way to see the area, strapped to a glider. There are several glider services in and around the community. Nestled in scenic mountain valleys, historic Tehachapi has plenty to offer everyone.

Tehachapi gliders
Tehachapi train loop

When it originally opened in 1933, CCI housed female inmates.  A 1952 earthquake closed the facility.  It reopened in 1954 as a male institution.  In 1985, the state built the first new maximum security facility in more than 100 years at CCI.   The following year, the prison added a new medium custody facility.

Brian Cates

Brian Cates was appointed as the acting warden at the California Correctional Institution (CCI) in Tehachapi in July 2020.

In 1997, he began his career as a Correctional Officer at the CCI. In 2003, he promoted to Correctional Counselor I at CCI, and later laterally transferred to Wasco State Prison (WSP).

In 2006, he accepted a promotion to Correctional Counselor II – Specialist at WSP. In 2007, he laterally transferred to CDCR Southern Reception Center and Clinic.

In 2009, he promoted to Correctional Counselor III at North Kern State Prison (NKSP). In 2013, Mr. Cates promoted to Correctional Administrator at NKSP. He promoted to chief deputy warden at CCI in 2018.

Rhonda Litt

Rhonda Litt has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Health Care Services at CCI since August 2014.

She has collectively over 15 years of senior management experience in the non-profit health care arena; state social services agencies; and, prison health care reform initiatives. Prior to joining CDCR as a CEO for CCI and California City Correctional Facility (CAC) in 2014, Ms. Litt served as the CEO of a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) spanning across three parishes in Louisiana; and, she also served as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Primary Care Association (LPCA) for over nine years, an FQHC trade association.

Mrs. Litt earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) and is a correctional health professional, as certified by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care due to excellence, commitment and contribution to the field of correctional health care.

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.