North Kern State Prison (NKSP)

Main Phone: (661) 721-2345

Physical Address: 2737 West Cecil Avenue, Delano, CA 93215 (Directions)

  • Institution: P.O. Box 567, Delano, CA 93216-0567
  • Inmates (include Inmate’s name and CDCR number as well as last known housing):
    • Facility A and M, P.O. Box 5000, Delano, CA 93216-0567
    • Facility B, P.O. Box 4999, Delano, CA 93216-0567
    • Facility C, P.O. Box 5004, Delano, CA 93216-0567
    • Facility D, P.O. Box 5005, Delano, CA 93216-0567
  • PIA: Health Care Facility Maintenance
  • Vocational:  Small Engine Repair, Electrical Work
  • Academic: Adult Basic Education, High School/GED, English as a Second Language Bridging Education
  • Other:  Religious Services, Self Help Groups, Substance Abuse Program

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.

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.

North Kern State Prison is located in the city of Delano. Also known as the Diamond of the Golden Empire, Delano is located in the Kern County-Bakersfield metropolitan area, and has grown to become the second largest city in Kern County. Strategically situated along Freeway 99 and well connected to surrounding communities, the city has experienced unprecedented growth. The area is particularly well known as a center for the growing of table grapes.

Bakersfiled farm during sunset
Grapes hanging in grapevines


NKSP has a general population medium custody facility and a minimum support facility with a ten-bed Level I firehouse. The general population portion of the institution focuses on providing educational/vocational opportunities to inmates equipping them with skills which will aid them in finding gainful employment upon their release from prison.

The Reception Center currently processes incoming inmates usually within a 90 day period. After compiling the inmate’s criminal records, life histories, medical and psychological histories, and social relationships, NKSP staff determines the inmate’s classification score and institutional placement.

NKSP is also the site where the Central / Southern California Transportation Hub for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is located and operates from.


On October 7, 1994, the adult education facility was dedicated in the memory of Marie Keroack Romero, a prison teacher who was murdered at a California Youth Authority facility in 1975.

Three hundred and sixty acres of NKSP property has been designated as protected wildlife habitat for the Blunt-Nosed Leopard lizard, San Joaquin kit fox, and the Tipton kangaroo Rat.  The facility is an exact replica of its closest neighbor, Wasco State Prison-Reception Center.

On October 22, 2012 a 5.7 megawatt Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant was activated. An estimated 13.3 million dollars savings over the next 20 year is projected. The solar deployment will offset nearly 1 billion pounds of carbon dioxide over 20 years. The system and panels produce no noise and zero greenhouse emissions.

warden Kelly Santoro

Kelly Santoro has been Warden or acting Warden at North Kern State Prison since 2015. In addition, she served as an Associate Warden from 2009 to 2010 and as a Correctional Counselor from 1997 to 2001 at North Kern State Prison.

Ms. Santoro was Chief Deputy Warden at Wasco State Prison from 2012 to 2015. She was Associate Warden at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran from 2010 to 2012, where she was Facility Captain in 2006 and a Correctional Counselor Specialist from 2001 to 2006. Ms. Santoro was an Associate Warden at California State Prison, Corcoran from 2008 to 2009 and Captain of the Central Region Bakersfield Health Care Division from 2006 to 2008. She worked at California State Prison, Centinela from 1993 to 1997, including Correctional Counselor and Correctional Officer.

ceo theodore kubicki

Theodore A. Kubicki, started his CDCR career on August 1, 2011, at North Kern State Prison. Mr. Kubicki is responsible for all administrative services functions within Health Care and the delivery system that features a full range of Medical, Nursing, Mental Health, Dental, Pharmacy, Medication Management, and Specialty Care Services across multiple levels of care. In addition, he oversees the health care operations for three Correctional Community Facilities.

Mr. Kubicki has an extensive history in Hospital Administration. He graduated from Gannon University in Erie, PA with a Bachelor of Science Degree Business Administration. He also obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering at Geneva College, Beaver Falls in PA.

He was the Director of Operations and Administrator for Quincy Community Health Center, Quincy, WA for three years prior to coming to North Kern. He was also the Administrator for Texas Tech Correctional Managed Healthcare, where he was in charge of seven Correctional clinics. He was also the CEO for Specialty Hospital at Plum Creek Amarillo Texas and Regional Administrator for Baptist St. Anthony’s Health System in Amarillo Texas.

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.