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

Visiting Inmates: learn how to visit inmates in-person or by video at our institutions.

Other Resources: explore family & friends resources, including how to contact or send packages to inmates 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.

DRP Programs
Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment (ISUDT)–Overview
On January 21, 2020, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) implemented ISUDT.  ISUDT is a comprehensive and evidence-based cross-divisional program with pathways to treatment through DRP Cognitive Behavioral Interventions (CBI) programs referred to as:

CBI-Intensive Outpatient (Medical Classification T1, SOMS assignment code ISI) 2-hours/day, 5-days/week, 52-weeks completion

CBI-Outpatient  (Medical Classification T2, SOMS assignment code ISO) 2-hours/day, 3-days/week, 14-weeks completion

CBI-Life Skills (Medical Classification T3, SOMS assignment code CB2) 2-hours/day, 3-days/week, 29-weeks completion

All participants will be assessed by medical and referred to one of the CBI classes.

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!

yosemite national park
Bass Lake


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.”

Anissa De La Cruz

Anissa De La Cruz has been Acting Warden at Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) since March 2023.

Ms. De La Cruz began her career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 2004, as a Correctional Officer at Wasco State Prison. She promoted to Correctional Sergeant in 2008 at Avenal State Prison. In 2012, Ms. De La Cruz promoted to Correctional Lieutenant at Corcoran State Prison (CSP), where she held several different positions to include Investigative Services Unit (ISU) Lieutenant and Acting ISU Captain. In 2016, she promoted to Correctional Captain at CCWF and Associate Warden in 2018.

Ms. De La Cruz was appointed Chief Deputy Warden at CCWF on January 1, 2023.

Ms. De La Cruz earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from California State University, Fresno. Ms. De La Cruz received the Gold Star in 2008, during the Medal of Valor Ceremony.

Ms. De La Cruz is a firm believer in providing assistance to the surrounding communities with charitable donations and strives to maintain a positive relationship with local law enforcement agencies. She is committed to creating a positive work culture that values staff input, promotes teamwork and collaboration, and provides opportunities for professional growth and development. Her vision is to create a safe, supportive, and empowering environment for incarcerated women to grow, heal, and learn, so that they may successfully reintegrate into society and lead fulfilling lives.

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.