Centinela State Prison – California

Know somebody incarcerated at Centinela State Prison? Centinela State Prison is a state prison in the California state prison system. This guide will tell you information about everything a person needs to know about Centinela State Prison,like the following: Find an inmate at Centinela State Prison. How to visit Centinela State Prison inmates. Centinela State Prison’s address and phone number. Sending money and mail. And everything else.

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Centinela State Prison
State: California
County: Imperial
DOC: California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
Warden Name: Domingo Uribe

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Contact Information

In this section you have the street address and mailing address for Centinela State Prison. Use the mailing address if you are going to mail a letter or package to a prisoner there, and make sure to use the physical address if you want to know the actual location of Centinela State Prison.

Mailing Address

Be sure to read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section below before you send something to an inmate to learn how to correctly write the address, and do the right protocol for sending a letter or package. If you do not follow the correct protocol, it might get sent back.

Centinela State Prison
P.O. Box 731
Imperial CA, 92251-0731

Street Address / Prison location


Centinela State Prison
2302 Brown Road
Imperial CA, 92251

Phone Number and Fax Number


Map and Directions

Use the street address if you are going to visit a prisoner. Make sure to read over the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule sections on this page if you are going to visit an inmate at Centinela State Prison.

Centinela State Prison
2302 Brown Road
Imperial CA, 92251


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Phone Number

Inmates don’t have phones, so you won’t be able to call inmates, but, there are times when it may be helpful to have the telephone number to the facility.

Prisoners may be able to make phone calls using:

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

Fax Number

Centinela State Prison inmates don’t have access to fax machines, so you won’t get to fax a letter to inmates, but there might be times when it is helpful to know the fax machine number to the facility.

Email Address

This is the main email address for Centinela State Prison. You won’t be able to contact prisoners using this email. If you want to send an email to a prisoner, read the Inmate Email information further down on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:
Total Staff:

Inmate Email

To email a letter to an inmate at Centinela State Prison you must use an exact process to make sure that the message gets to the inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Prison inmates are not allowed to access the Internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special protocols that are necessary to follow when mailing mail to a prisoner. If you don’t follow these rules then what you sent might not be received.

Before you send a package or letter, be sure to read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Institution guards open and inspect and read all incoming general mail. Received general correspondence can be read as frequently as is deemed necessary to keep safety and security or monitor a problem having to do with a certain inmate.

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 Centinela State Prison:

Centinela State Prison
P.O. Box 731
Imperial CA, 92251-0731

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Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary that serves to provide inmates a bank type account for inmate monies and for buying things not issued regularly by the correctional facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources may deposit money into these accounts by sending it by Western Union or by mail.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can choose to send inmates funds through postal mail and must send it to the following address and follow the rules listed below:

The funds must be in a money order that is made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is best if you use a U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders that are processed through the National Lockbox will be kept for a 15-day hold period, and during this period the inmate will not have access to the money. The Bureau of Prisons will return funds that do not have correct prisoner info if the envelope it was sent it has a return address. Checks and cash will not be deposited to the inmate’s account so do not send cash or checks.

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Inmate Locator

Inmates are from time to time changed to different prisons throughout the California prison system, so sometimes you may have to look up what facility an inmate is at using the inmate locator. Follow the link here to find an California prison inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other California state prisons: California State Prisons

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit an inmate at Centinela State Prison, you must know the following:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Each prison has its own procedures for prison visitation and they get changed often. The policies listed here could be changed when you are reading this, so you should also read Centinela State Prison’s official website to read the most up to date rules for visitation.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The visitation guard will make sure each visitor signs the prisoner visitors log upon entering the prison and also when they leave.

Identification Required

Picture ID of visitors is required. Acceptable forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; although, a state picture ID is acceptable.

For all of the things listed below, check out the main prison facility site because this info is changed frequently:

  • 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

Information about Centinela State Prison records will be posted ASAP.

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

Details about Centinela State Prison death row to be added later.

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


Details about California parole process coming soon.

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.


Details about release procedures to be added later.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

Information about prison life at Centinela State Prison coming soon.

  • 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 Centinela State Prison news section will be posted ASAP.


A photo section coming soon.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Centinela State Prison
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Centinela State Prison.

If you have any photos of Centinela State Prison that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you trying to find a prison job? Have experience? Have you worked at a correctional facility in your previous job?

If so, click here:

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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:

  • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
  • Victims have the right to notification.
  • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • Victims have the right to restitution.
  • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
  • Victims 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.

Click here to tell about all about it

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Family Resources

Section about resources for family members of inmates at Centinela State Prison will be posted ASAP.


Centinela State Prison history coming soon.

Such as:

  • Famous Centinela State Prison 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

Centinela State Prison Links

The official website:

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Centinela State Prison

Have you ever been an inmate in Centinela State Prison? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone at Centinela State Prison?

If you have, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about your experience so others can learn what to expect.

Things you might want to put in your comment:

  • Prison conditions
  • Facility layout and facility
  • Prison staff and Guards
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gang activity
  • Prisoner activities and programs

If you are currently an inmate at Centinela State Prison, include your address if you want to receive letters from people.

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  1. Carla S says:

    Good day
    I have my fiance at this prison. I have never had any issues, until recently. I will give a short version. Last Saturday, September 12th, 2015 was our anniversary. I got his name finally tattooed on me and he was excited. I showed him and he was happy. He then started rubbing my belly since I have been sick. At that point he was called to the captain and was given a verbal that he was touching me too much. Once he sat down he was telling me he got a verbal and didn’t touch me again. He had to go to the restroom and they took him away. I feel this is not correct and his visit should of not been cut short. We didn’t do anything wrong. I am trying to file an appeal since he is getting written up and I got my visits put on hold for 30 days. How can a person be written up without any true warning. I can understand if he kept touching me, but that wasn’t even the case. He didn’t even sit down for 5 mins. I would love if someone can help me understand and how I can file my appeal. Please help

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