California Institution for Women (CIW)

Main Phone: (909) 597-1771

Physical Address: 16756 Chino-Corona Road, Corona, CA 92880 (Directions)

  • Main Mailing Address: 16756 Chino-Corona Road, Corona, CA 92880
  • Institutional Business Correspondence (NO Inmate Mail): 16756 Chino-Corona Road, Corona, CA 92880
  • Inmates:
    • General Correspondence: 16756 Chino-Corona Road. Corona, CA 92880
    • Money Orders: 16756 Chino-Corona Road, Corona, CA 92880
  • PIA: Clothing and textile manufacturing (shirts, shorts, jeans, smocks, aprons, bedspreads, handkerchiefs, bandanas, Nomex firefighting clothing), Construction.
  • Vocational: Computer training, The Last Mile Coding Program, Data Processing, Word Processing, Building Maintenance, Cosmetology.
  • Academic: Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Education Development (GED), High School Diploma Program (HSDP), Voluntary Education Program (VEP), Transition Program, Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP), Chaffey College (Associate degree), Coastline Community College (Associate degree), Palo Verde College (Associate degree), Feather River College (Associate degree) and Adam’s State University (Bachelors of Arts, Bachelors of Science, Masters of Business).
  • Other: Alpha Faith-Based Re-entry, Prison Puppy program, Victim Awareness, Substance Use Disorder Treatment (SUDS), Forestry/Camp Training.

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.

The California Institution for Women (CIW) is located in San Bernardino County, near the communities of Chino, Chino Hills and Eastvale. The area has a rich agricultural tradition, and is only about an hour from Los Angeles and two hours from San Diego.  For outdoor enthusiasts, there’s Lake Prado where visitors can hike, camp, swim and golf. The city of Chino features Chino Hills State Park with miles of hiking trails, the Planes of Fame Air Museum and a traditional Hindu temple, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir that’s built with Rajasthan sandstone.

chino hills state park
prado lake

The primary mission of the California Institution for Women is to provide a safe and secure environment for primarily Level I/III female offenders.  This mission is further defined by our responsibility to provide quality health care and institution programs specifically geared to meet the special needs of female offenders.  Specialized programs include academic and vocational programs, pre-release and substance abuse programming, pre-forestry and camp training, an arts in corrections program and a wide variety of inmate self-help groups and community betterment projects.

The California Institution for Women accommodates all custody levels of female inmates.  In addition to its large general population, CIW houses inmates with special needs such as pregnancy, psychiatric care, methadone, and medical problems such as HIV infection.

CIW serves as a hub institution for the selection and physical fitness training of female firefighters selected for conservation camp placement.  The institution also serves as a higher security facility for female inmates in Administrative Segregation.

This facility provides both outpatient and inpatient mental health services for patients with a serious mental disorder. The licensed Psychiatric Inpatient Program at this facility is designed to provide more intensive treatment for patients who cannot function adequately or stabilize in an outpatient program.

The California Institution for Women is accredited by The Joint Commission for Ambulatory Care, Behavioral Health Care, and Nursing Care Center Programs.

Until 1987, CIW was California’s only prison for female felons.  It was originally called “Frontera,” a feminine derivative of the word frontier – a new beginning.  The campus-like design was in keeping with the 1950’s progressive notion of rehabilitation.

Mona D. Houston has been the warden at the California Institution for Women (CIW) since January 2021.

Warden Mona D. Houston

She had been the warden at the California Institution for Men (CIM) since July 2019. She has over 27 years’ experience with CDCR.

She began her CDCR career in 1991 as an account clerk II at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison.

She promoted to various positions within the accounting department. In 2002, she promoted to business manager II at CIM.

She transitioned to correctional health services administrator I at the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) in 2010.

In April 2016, she promoted to associate warden and worked in custody operations. She then assumed an out-of-class assignment as acting chief deputy warden in February 2017.

As part of the warden’s mentorship program, she also accepted a special assignment as associate warden at CIM and CIW from September to December 2017.

She returned to CRC as the acting chief deputy warden at the completion of this assignment. She was appointed chief deputy Warden in April 2018 at CRC.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Accounting.

jim elliot

Jim Elliot began his State Service by being appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), for the California Institution for Women (CIW), which is responsible for the delivery of all Health Care Services (Medical, Mental-Health & Dental), in July 5, 2010. Jim is a thirty year healthcare executive with experience ranging from Rehabilitation Hospital Administrator, Chief Administrative Officer for a local medical school & health sciences university, and Director of Operations for a Federally Qualified, Community-Clinic system with an emphasis on Women’s Health prior to entering state service. Mr. Elliot is a Certified Correctional Health Care Professional (CCHP), by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.

Mr. Elliot championed the development and activation of CDCR’s first licensed Psychiatric-Inpatient-Program (PIP), in 2012, coupled with CDCR’s inaugural Joint-Commission Accreditation in Behavioral Health, the development of the patient-centered, Complete-Care-Model (CCM), which is integrated with a robust multi-disciplinary, quality-management system, and in piloting California Correctional Health Care’s first electronic health record system, (The ECHOS Project), in October 2015.

In March of 2017, CIW’s Medical Services were delegated back to CDCR from California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS), commonly known as the Receivership, by the Federal Court. CIW’s health care team continues to care for CDCR’s high-risk women with the greatest needs in all divisions and disciplines of 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.