Centinela State Prison (CEN)

Main Phone: (760) 337-7900

Physical Address: 2302 Brown Road, Imperial, CA 92251 (Directions)

  • Institution: P.O. Box 731, Imperial, CA 92251-0731
  • Inmates (make sure to include Inmate’s Name and CDCR number):
    • Facility A, P.O. Box 901, Imperial, CA 92251-0901
    • Facility B, P.O. Box 911, Imperial, CA 92251-0911
    • Facility C, P.O. Box 921, Imperial, CA 92251-0921
    • Facility D & E, P.O. Box 931, Imperial, CA 92251-0931

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.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT)
  • Long-Term Offender Program (LTOP)
  • Vocational: Electrical, Office Services/Related Technologies (OSRT), Building Maintenance, Small Engine Repair, Auto Body, Auto Mechanics, Electronics, Roofing and Welding.
  • Academic: Adult Basic Education (ABE I, ABE II, ABE III), GED, Voluntary Education Program (VEP), Independent Study and Literacy Lab.
  • Other: Service Crews, Religious programs for all Faiths, Alternatives to Violence Programs, Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous, Creative Conflict Resolution Workshops, Life Without a Crutch Workshops, Cage Your Rage Workshops, Kairos Christian Fellowship, Choice Theory/Internal Empowerment Coaching and TUMI Discipleship Program

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.

El Centro is the nearest city to Centinela State Prison, has a desert climate, and is the southernmost desert city below sea level in the continental United States. There are two international border crossings for commercial and noncommercial vehicles. El Centro is just 15 miles from the international industrial complexes in Mexicali, Baja California. The nearby Algodones Dunes, the largest dune field in the U.S. drawing thousands of visitors each year, mainly for off-road driving. The Salton Sea is 30 miles north of El Centro, and for water sport enthusiasts, there the Colorado River an hour to the east. Mexico (the border city of Mexicali, Baja California) is ten miles away and offers big city amenities like museums, a zoo and a sports/convention center.

Algodones Dunes with buggies
Salton Sea with stork

Centinela State Prison attempts to achieve inmate productivity and self-improvement by providing legally mandated work and study opportunities for all inmates (AB 1403 – Chapter One Statues of 1982).  This goal is accomplished through the development of support services, academic education, vocation instruction, spiritual programs, work assignments, substance abuse programs and the availability of self-help programming.

Centinela State Prison provides for the confinement of General Population, Level I, Level III inmates, Level III sensitive needs and maximum security (Level IV) inmates.

Centinela State Prison was named for Mount Signal, the mountain located on the US Mexico international line once used to watch over the state’s borders to prevent unauthorized passage into the US. Centinela is the Spanish word for “Sentinel” or signal.

Warden Sean Moore

Sean Moore has been the acting Warden at Centinela State Prison since October 2021. Mr. Moore comes with an abundance of experience as he has served in various positions at multiple institutions throughout the state from 1996 to present, including Chief Deputy Warden at Calipatria State Prison, Associate Warden at Ironwood State Prison, Correctional Captain at California State Prison, Los Angeles County, Correctional Lieutenant at California Institution for Men and California Rehabilitation Center, Correctional Sergeant at California Institution for Women, and Correctional Officer at California Rehabilitation Center.

Prior to joining CDCR Mr. Moore served in the United States Navy from 1987 to 1990.

ceo joseph garland

Joseph Garland has over 30 years progressive clinical, management and executive leadership experience. He has worked in Academic Medical Centers, Nonprofits, for-profits and Civil Service. Mr. Garland also served in management and leadership positions across various states. Prior to joining CCHCS, he held a leadership position at Loma Linda University Medical Center, followed by serving as Associate Administrator/COO for a community, safety net hospital. Mr. Garland also founded and operated a Behavioral Health & Wellness practice in the Greater Los Angeles area.

He earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and is Board Certified in Healthcare Management with the distinction of Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Garland also holds a certificate in Six Sigma as a Black Belt. He is passionate about creating sustainable outcomes and creating high-performance organizations.

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.