Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF)
Main Phone: (559) 665-5531
Physical Address: 23370 Road 22, Chowchilla, CA 93610 (Directions)
- Institution: P.O. Box 1501, Chowchilla, CA 93610-1501
- Inmates (make sure to include Inmate’s Name and CDCR number): P.O. Box 1508, Chowchilla, CA 93610
Learn about contacting, visiting, and corresponding with inmates and juveniles who are in our institutions.
- PIA: Dental laboratory, fabric products, farming, garment making, silk screening.
- Vocational: Auto body repair and refinishing, computer technology, cosmetology, electronics, office services.
- Academic: Adult Basic Education, High School/GED, Pre-Release, Literacy Program, College Degree Program (provided by Feather River Community College).
- Other: Community Service Crews, Youth Diversion, Religious, Arts in Corrections, Victim Impact Self Awareness, Drug Treatment/Diversion, Parenting, Substance Abuse (Informational), Job Placement, Self-Help Groups (e.g., Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous, etc.)
- Joint Venture Electronics: A public-private partnership which employs approximately 45 inmates in an electronics manufacturing program. The inmates are paid a prevailing wage. Deductions are for room and board, crime victim compensation, prisoner family support and mandatory savings for release.
CDCR’s Division of Rehabilitative Programs offers a wide range of programs for inmates. Check to see which programs are offered at this institution.
Family Liaison Service Specialist
CDCR provides through a contract with a community-based organization an on-site Case Manager as a family reunification liaison for inmates and family members, to assist with an inmates pre-release preparation; and conduct Parenting and Creative Conflict Resolution classes for inmates. Please call the Institution to contact the Family Reunification Liaison.
Madera County has a rich agricultural tradition along with a strong industrial base. For outdoor enthusiasts, there are local, county, state and national parks. Bass Lake has excellent fishing, hiking trails and warm waters. An hour and a half away is Yosemite National Park world renowned for giant, ancient sequoia trees, Bridalveil Fall, and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. In Chowchilla, there’s the Chowchilla Stampede, held annually to celebrate the towns heritage, featuring a cattle drive through town. The town’s main attractions is the Fossil Discovery Center, where you can see the preserved remains of animals from 700,000 years ago like the Columbian Mammoth, Sabre-toothed cats and the largest bear to walk the earth!
Central California Women’s Facility is the largest female institution in the state which is located in Chowchilla, California. CCWF provides inmate academic education, work and vocational training, counseling and specialized programs for the purpose of successful reintegration into society. It provides community service which encourages public awareness and participation.
The facility’s specialized mental health and medical services are commensurate with community standards, providing a licensed medical environment while encouraging personal responsibility.
The institution also provides staff resources and training which ensures the highest standards of “Correctional Professionalism.”
Michael Pallares has been acting Warden at Central California Women’s Facility since September 2019.
He served as the Chief Deputy Warden at Central California Women’s Facility from 2018 to 2019. Prior to serving as Chief Deputy Warden at CCWF, he served as a Correctional Administrator as the Associate Warden over Housing from 2016 to 2018.
He began his career as a Correctional Officer at Salinas Valley State Prison in 2001. From 2005 to 2009, he served at North Kern State Prison as Correctional Sergeant.
He served as a Correctional Lieutenant and eventually as Correctional Captain at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility from 2009 to 2016.
Rojirio De La Cerda. Photo and bio pending.
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.