Wasco State Prison‑Reception Center (WSP)

Main Phone: (661) 758-8400

Physical Address: 701 Scofield Avenue, Wasco, CA 93280 (Directions)

  • Institution: 701 Scofield Avenue, P.O. Box 8800, Wasco, CA 93280
  • Inmates (make sure to include Inmate’s Name and CDCR number as well as last known housing):
    • Facility A, 701 Scofield Ave.,P.O. Box 4400, Wasco, CA 93280
    • Facility B, 701 Scofield Ave.,P.O. Box 5500, Wasco, CA 93280
    • Facility C, 701 Scofield Ave.,P.O. Box 6600, Wasco, CA 93280
    • Facility D, 701 Scofield Ave.,P.O. Box 7700, Wasco, CA 93280
    • Facility E, 701 Scofield Ave.,P.O. Box 3300, Wasco, CA 93280
    • Facility H, 701 Scofield Ave.,P.O. Box 9900, Wasco, CA 93280


Laundry & Farm Enterprise; Pre-Release; AA/NA; Visiting; Slow Down/Despacio – a Youth Diversion Program; Religious; Friends Outside; TABE (Testing of Adult Basic Education); GED; Libraries; Physical Education/Recreation; Vocational Electronics, and Office Services and related technology; Fire Department – consists of 8 inmate firefighter positions; Independent Study Program – Coast Line Community College; Correctional Learning Network; Breaking Barriers-A Cognitive awareness Model, Starting August 2010- Batterer’s Intervention which will encompass Anger Management; Parenting Education and Creative Conflict Resolution.


CDCR’s Division of Rehabilitative Programs offers a wide range of programs for inmates. Check to see which programs are offered at this institution.


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.

Once known as the “Rose Capital of the World”, Wasco is still home to a booming agricultural community. Wasco is a small city with approximately 25,000 residents. Located in Kern County, Wasco is one of the most affordable areas in the state. Bakersfield is the nearest big city, about a half hour’s drive. A short two hour drive will take you to the Pacific Ocean beaches, the giant redwoods in the Sequoia Mountains, Paso Robles Wine Country, and America’s second largest city, Los Angeles.

Rows of Almond Grove
Sequoia National Park with large tree trunks


A 1,000-bed medium custody facility houses general population inmates to help support and maintain the 4,580-bed reception center.  A minimum custody facility provides institutional maintenance and landscaping services.

Heather Shirley

Heather Shirley has been assigned as the acting warden at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC) since November 2020.

She began her career with CDCR in July 2000 and reported as a correctional officer to California Medical Facility in September 2000. She subsequently was promoted to correctional sergeant and correctional lieutenant.

In July 2010 she promoted to correctional captain at California State Prison-Solano, where she also held the positions of facility captain, and associate warden. As an associate warden, she transferred to CDCR, Division of Adult Institutions, in June 2015 where she remained until her appointment to chief deputy warden at WSP-RC in October 2016.

David Hill began his career with CCHCS/CDCR in 2009 and has served as Chief Executive Officer at Wasco State Prison since 2013. Before joining state service, he worked with Correctional Medicine Programs for Los Angeles County and Kern County. He holds a Master’s degree in Hospital and Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia.

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.