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.

warden richard montesRichard Montes has been acting Warden at the California Institution for Women since December 2019.

He began his career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on January 2, 2002, as a Medical Technical Assistant at San Quentin State Prison.  On April 10, 2006, he promoted to Correctional Sergeant at the California Institution for Women.  On January 5, 2009, he promoted to Correctional Lieutenant at the California Institution for Men.  During his tenure as Correctional Lieutenant, he served in numerous assignments, including Personnel Assignments, Administrative Assistant/Public Information Officer, Facility Lieutenant and acting Employee Relations Officer.

He performed two Out of Classification assignments as Correctional Captain at California Institution for Women on March 5, 2013 and again on January 5, 2015.  On January 30, 2015, he promoted to Correctional Captain.  During his tenure as Correctional Captain, he managed the Restrictive Housing and Enhanced Outpatient Housing Unit and served as the Institutional Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator.

He performed an Out of Classification assignment as Correctional Administrator (Associate Warden) on November 30, 2015.  On July 1, 2018, he promoted to Correctional Administrator (Associate Warden).  During his tenure as Associate Warden, he managed the General Population, Female Camps, Health Care Operations, In-Service Training Department, Substance Use Disorder Treatment and the Education Department.

He performed an Out of Classification assignment as Chief Deputy Warden December 24, 2018 through December 1, 2019.  He has a total of thirteen years of experience in the Female Offender Programs and Services/Special Housing Mission.

He served in the United States Army National Guard as a medic in 1997 and received an Army Commendation Medal on August 4, 2001.  He was honorably discharged in 2003.

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.