Correctional Training Facility (CTF)
Main Phone: (831) 678-3951
Physical Address: Soledad Prison Road, Soledad, CA 93960 (Directions)
- All Staff: P.O. Box 686, Soledad, CA 93960-0686
- Inmate Facility A & B, P.O. Box 705, Soledad, CA 93960
- Inmate Facility C, P.O. Box 689, Soledad, CA 93960
- Inmate Facility D, P.O. Box 690, Soledad, CA 93960
Learn about contacting, visiting, and corresponding with inmates and juveniles who are in our institutions.
- PIA: Administration, Wood Products (Furniture Manufacturing, Upholstery), Textiles, Silk Screen, Warehouse and Maintenance.
- Vocational: Electronics, Auto Mechanics, Building Maintenance, Carpentry, Computer Literacy, Electrical Works, HVAC, Masonry, Plumbing, Small Engine, Welding, Office Services.
- Academic: Adult Basic Education, Voluntary Education Program, High School/GED, Literacy Program, Computer Assisted Education, College.
- Volunteer/Self Help Programs: Balance Reentry Activity Group (BRAG), Life Cycle, Narcotics Anonymous/Alcoholics Anonymous (NA/AA), Avatar, Toastmasters, Fathers Behind Bars, Alternative To Violence (AVP), Veterans Group, Higher Education Learning Program (HELP), Al-Anon, Criminals and Gangs Anonymous (CGA), Inner Circle (Men’s support group), Incarcerated Vietnam Veterans of America, Native American, Operation New Hope, Rosary Group/Catholic Choir, WE CARE Juvenile Deterrent Group.
- Other: Recycle, Friends Outside, Religious Services, Veterans Service Office, Organized Sports, Substance Abuse Program (SAP), Criminal Thinking (beginning January 2014), Anger Management (beginning January 2014), Family Relations (beginning January 2014), Transitions – Pre Release (beginning January 2014). Note: the dates are tentative and subject to change.
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.
Soledad is located in beautiful Monterey County and is home to Correctional Training Facility. Located along one of the world’s most scenic coastlines, the area offers ideal climate, cultural diversity and a unique blend of small town and big city opportunities. The National John Steinbeck Center, the California Rodeo and wineries throughout the region, make this a great place to visit and live. Also in Monterey County is the world famous Pebble Beach golf course and Big Sur State Park.
The CTF is a Level I and II, General Population prison consisting to three separate facilities. Facility’s A and B are Level II Sensitive Needs Yard units consisting of four (4) three tier cell block housing units; two (2) man cells, and two (2) Dorms with a total bed capacity of 2800. Facility C is a Level II General Population unit consisting of nine (9) three tier cell block housing units; two (2) man cells with a total bed capacity of 2496. Facility C also consist of an Administrative Segregation Unit, which is a three (3) tier cell block housing unit consisting of one man cells with a total bed capacity of 240. Facility D is a Level I General Population unit consisting of six (6) Dorms with a total bed capacity of 1012. Each facility has an independent dining room, clothing distribution, canteen, medical/dental/mental health services, education, library, chapel, and visiting rooms.
American Correctional Association: Accredited Since August 2013
Fiscal Year 2013/2014 Budget: $142,498,449
In the early months of 1946 the Carlyle Thorpe property four miles north of Soledad, on Highway 101, was selected as a suitable location for the new prison that would become the Correctional Training Facility (CTF), and 936.15 acres was purchased at a cost of $239,465.67. In August 1946, the first dormitory was constructed to house inmates at South Facility and was attached to San Quentin as a farming camp. In August, 1949, work was started on the construction of Central Facility housing the first inmates on December 3, 1951. In March, 1956, work was started on the construction of North Facility housing the first inmates in September, 1958. (Research by Jeff Soares)
Craig Koenig has been acting Warden at the Correctional Training Facility – Soledad since February of 2018. His 22 year career began at Sierra Conservation Center in January of 1996, where he promoted from Correctional Officer to Lieutenant, and finally to Captain. In 2015 Mr. Koenig transferred to San Quentin as Associate Warden. During his tenure at San Quentin he did an extended Out of Class assignment as the Chief Deputy Warden, which eventually led to a promotion to Chief Deputy Warden at Correctional Training Facility — Soledad in July of 2017.
Gerald A. Ellis is CEO of CTF; he joined CDCR/CCHCS in 2010. After leaving Texas Lutheran University in 1975, Gerry returned to California and went into the medical field to become a respiratory therapist, later promoting into management. In 1990, he received his MBA and served in several leadership roles at Loma Linda University Medical Center, including Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for the International Heart Institute, Cancer Institute, Transplantation Institute and Proton Therapy Center. As a member of the faculty of the School of Allied Health Professions at Loma Linda University, Gerry taught many courses in leadership. He has also written chapters in books and articles in journals related to clinical practice and health care management. In 2008, Gerry accepted an assignment as China Project Administrative Consultant as part of the Loma Linda University Global Health Institute, and served on assignment in Hangzhou, China for two years. He is an expert in Joint Commission International Accreditation, and in 2009 worked as a consultant on a U.S. Aid Flagship Project in Ramallah, Palestine developing a multi-hospital healthcare delivery system for the Palestinian Authority. Gerry continues to assist hospitals in China and prepare for JCI accreditation.
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.