California Men’s Colony

Do you know somebody in California Men’s Colony? California Men’s Colony is a correctional facility in the state prison system in California. This site gives you info about everything one might want to know about California Men’s Colony,such as: How to do a prison inmate search. Visiting an inmate at California Men’s Colony. The address and phone number at California Men’s Colony Mailing or sending money to an inmate at California Men’s Colony. And much more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: California Men’s Colony
State: California
County: San Luis Obispo
DOC: California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
Security Level: minimum and medium
Warden Name: Terri Gonzalez

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Contact Information

Below you will find the mailing address and street address for California Men’s Colony. Use the mailing address if you are going to mail a package or letter to someone there, and use the street address if you want to know the physical location of California Men’s Colony.

Mailing Address

Be sure to check the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section on this page before you send something to someone in prison so that you correctly address it, and do the correct protocol for mailing a letter or package. If you don’t follow the appropriate directions, the package or letter could not get delivered.

California Men’s Colony
P.O. Box 8101
San Luis Obispo CA, 93409-8101

Street Address / Prison location


California Men’s Colony
Highway 1
San Luis Obispo CA, 93409

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number:
Fax Number:

Map and Directions

Use this address if you are visiting a prisoner. Make sure to also read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule information further down on this page if you are going to go to visit an inmate.

California Men’s Colony
Highway 1
San Luis Obispo CA, 93409


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Phone Number

Inmates don’t have telephones, so you won’t be able to call an inmate, but, there are cases when it is useful to have the phone number to the prison.

California Men’s Colony prisoners are able to make phone calls using:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Inmates don’t have access to fax machines, so you won’t get to fax your inmate, but there are cases when it is necessary to know the fax number to California Men’s Colony.

Email Address

This email address is the general email for California Men’s Colony. You won’t be able to contact prisoners at this address. If you want to email an inmate, check out the Inmate Email information further down on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:
Total Staff:

Inmate Email

In order to send email to a prisoner at California Men’s Colony you must follow an specific procedure to ensure that the email message is received by the prisoner.

Inmate Internet Access

Prison inmates are not permitted to access the Internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special protocols that you must follow when mailing mail to a inmate. If you do not then letter or package might be returned to you.

Before you proceed, be sure to read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Prison staff do open and read all received general mail and packages. Received general postal correspondence may be read as frequently as is necessary to keep security or watch problems confronting inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Shown here is the correct format for how you should address a letter to a state prisoner at California Men’s Colony:

California Men’s Colony
P.O. Box 8101
San Luis Obispo CA, 93409-8101

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Inmate Money

Each prison has a Commissary that serves to provide inmates a bank type account for prisoner funds and for purchasing things not issued to inmates by the prison.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Anyone can deposit money to these accounts using the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: Inmates’ families and friends are able to send inmates funds by way of the mail and must send it to the address below and follow the steps written below:

The funds have to be a money order that is made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is advisable to use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be placed on a 15-day hold, during which the inmate will not get the depsoit. The Bureau of Prisons will return money orders that do not have appropriate inmate info if the envelope it was sent it has an adequate return address. Personal checks and cash will not be deposited to the inmate’s account so do not send any checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

State prison inmates are frequently moved to various prison facilities throughout California, so sometimes you might need to locate where an inmate is located using the inmate locator. Click on the link here to look up an California Men’s Colony prisoner.
Inmate Search

To find other California state prisons: California State Prisons

Inmate Visitation

Before you go to visit an inmate at California Men’s Colony, you must be aware of this info:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every California state prison has their own rules for prison visitation and these rules change frequently. The policies discussed here might be changed when you are reading this, so you should also read California Men’s Colony’s official website to read the most up to date visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The front entrance officer ensures every visitor signs the inmate visitors log before they enter the correctional facility and upon exiting.

Identification Required

Positive picture ID of visitors will be required. The best forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; although, a state picture id is OK.

For everything shown below, go to the actual prison facility website as this information is updated all the time:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

More information about California Men’s Colony prison records coming soon.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Info about California Men’s Colony death row will be posted ASAP.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Details about California parole process will be posted ASAP.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Section about getting released from California Men’s Colony coming.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

Section about life at California Men’s Colony will be posted ASAP.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A news section coming.


California Men’s Colony photos coming.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at California Men’s Colony
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at California Men’s Colony.

If you have any photos of California Men’s Colony that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you looking for a correctional facility job? Do you have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison facility before?

If so, check out:

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The official website:

Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • You have the right to protection from the accused.
  • You have the right to notification.
  • You have the right to attend proceedings.
  • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • You have the right to restitution.
  • You have the right to a speedy trial.
  • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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Family Resources

Info about family resources available at California Men’s Colony coming soon.


California Men’s Colony history to be added later.

Such as:

  • Famous California Men’s Colony inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other California State Prisons: California State Prisons

California Men’s Colony Links

The official website:

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of California Men’s Colony

Have you ever been an inmate in California Men’s Colony? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this correctional facility?

If your answer is yes, then please tell us about it. Tell us about your prison experience because others will know what to expect.

Things you might want to include in the review:

  • Facility conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Guards and staff
  • Prison food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Safety
  • Prison gangs
  • Programs and activities

If you are currently incarcerated here, post your mailing address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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