Wasco State Prison – California

Looking for somebody in prison at Wasco State Prison? Wasco State Prison is a state prison in the California state prison system, which is part of the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation. This guide will tell you about anything a person needs to know about Wasco State Prison,like the following: How to locate an inmate at Wasco State Prison. Visiting an inmate at Wasco State Prison. The prison’s address and phone number. Mailing or sending money to an inmate. And everything else.

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Wasco State Prison
State: California
County: Kern
DOC: California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
Security Level: minimum, medium

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Contact Information

Here you will find the mailing address and street address for Wasco State Prison. Use the mailing address if you are going to send a letter or package to an inmate at Wasco State Prison, and be sure to use the street address if you want to know the location of the prison.

Mailing Address

Make sure to also read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information on this page if you are going to send something to someone in prison to make sure that you correctly address the package or letter, and do the right procedure for mailing a package or letter. If you don’t use the appropriate protocol, the package or letter might get sent back.

Wasco State Prison
P.O. Box 8800 701 Scofield Avenue
Wasco CA, 93280

Street Address / Prison location


Wasco State Prison
701 Scofield Avenue
Wasco CA, 93280

Phone Number and Fax Number

Fax Number:

Map and Directions

Use this address if you plan to visit an inmate. Make sure to read over the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule sections on this page before you try to visit someone in prison at Wasco State Prison.

Wasco State Prison
701 Scofield Avenue
Wasco CA, 93280


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Phone Number

Wasco State Prison inmates don’t have phones in their cells, so you can’t call the inmate, but, there are cases when it is necessary to know the phone number to Wasco State Prison.

Wasco State Prison inmates may be able to make calls with:

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

Fax Number

Wasco State Prison prisoners don’t have faxes, so you won’t get to fax a letter to an inmate, but there are some times when it is helpful to know the fax machine number to Wasco State Prison.

Email Address

This email address is the main email for the prison. You can’t contact inmates using this email. If you are going to email an inmate, go to the Inmate Email information below.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:
Total Staff:

Inmate Email

To send a letter via email to an inmate you must follow an exact process to make sure that the email letter gets to your inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Inmates are not permitted to access the web.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are important protocols that are necessary to follow when mailing postal mail to a state prison inmate. If you do not then the mail might be returned to you.

Before you send anything, be sure to read the information below:

Mail Monitoring

Correctional facility employees will open and inspect and read all incoming general postal correspondence. Incoming general packages and mail can be read as frequently as is deemed necessary to keep security and safety or monitor problems regarding a certain inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Shown here is the proper format for how you have to address a package or letter to an inmate at Wasco State Prison:

Wasco State Prison
P.O. Box 8800 701 Scofield Avenue
Wasco CA, 93280

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Inmate Money

Each prison has a Commissary that was started to provide prisoners a bank account for inmate monies and for purchasing things not provided by the facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people may send funds to these accounts using Western Union and the U.S. Postal Service.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can choose to send inmates money by way of the mail and will have to send money to this address and follow the rules shows below:

The money must be in a money order that is made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You are advised to use a post office money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be kept for a 15-day hold, and during this hold period the prisoner will not have access to the depsoit. The Bureau of Prisons will return money orders that don’t have valid inmate information if the envelope has a valid return address. Personal checks and cash will not be deposited to the prisoner’s account so don’t send checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

State prison inmates are frequently changed to various correctional facilities throughout California, so sometimes you might need to look up where an inmate is located using the inmate locator. Click the link here to look up an Wasco State Prison inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other California state prisons: California State Prisons

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit an inmate at Wasco State Prison, be sure that you know the following:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every prison has their own policies for visitation and they are changed regularly. The procedures below could be different now, so make sure to also check Wasco State Prison’s website to get the most recent visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance officer ensures each visitor signs the inmate visitors log before they enter the institution and upon leaving.

Identification Required

Positive picture identification of all visitors will be required. Acceptable forms of identification are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state issued picture I.D. is OK.

For everything shown below, go to the actual prison facility site because 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

Information about Wasco 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

Info about Wasco State Prison death row will be posted ASAP.

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


Section about California parole 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.


Information about getting released from Wasco State Prison coming soon.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

More information about life at Wasco State Prison 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 Wasco State Prison news section to be added later.


A Wasco State Prison photo section coming soon.

For example, photos of:

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

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

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Looking for a job at a correctional facility? Have any prior experience? Have you worked at a correctional facility in your previous job?

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 Wasco State Prison inmate family resources coming soon.


Wasco State Prison history will be posted ASAP.

Such as:

  • Famous Wasco 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

Wasco State Prison Links

The official website:

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Wasco State Prison

Have you ever been a prisoner in Wasco State Prison? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this prison?

If yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write about your prison experience because others will know what to expect.

Things you might want to put in your review:

  • Facility conditions
  • Facility facility and layout
  • Guards and staff
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Safety
  • Gangs
  • Activities and programs

If you are an inmate here, post your address if you want to receive letters from people.

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  1. Monique says:

    MY Husband is in prison there suppose to be 90 days in reception hes been stuck there 1yr we were married before he went and we celebrated are first anniversary while hes still in reception somethings wrong with this picture its killing us no phone calls no visiting i live out of state the mails really messed up, he basically starving he tell of inhumane treatment of him and everyone else no cleaning supplies, toilets overflowing no supplies which are suppose to be provided,his advisor never calls me back he use to, but hes the third one hes had i dont know, but somethings got to change im researching to find help lots of prayer,ya know my husbands a good man made some bad choices let me tell you we all have, he has not murdered, touched innocent children or people i tell you for he did he has paid his due I feel God agrees, he is stuck in reception treated as an animal caged for 23hrs a day 2 sons out here waiting, a new wife and his best friend hos dad and mother who is fragile ill most days im out here with his family helping as they help me we need him how do you really think it feels well i spoke my mind,Thank You God Bless all

    • Melissa says:

      Ya my husband just got sent their. Worried about him. Hes not a bad person just made some bad choices in life. I worries because they have not let him call home. I understand what your going through. I pray everyday.

  2. China says:

    My man is about to be headed there for reception. What should I know ahead of time so I can help make this time easier. How can I get married to him before he goes away so I can come visit him and what should I be sending him when he arrives or how do I check on who he’s doing since there are no phone calls while in receiving .

  3. Yvonne says:

    Hello I have 2 sons I’m prison who are roommate they were both sent to hole 8 days ago u just found out last night how do I find out what’s going on

  4. april m. says:

    my husband is supposed to get released next month from wasco is there anyway he could be released earlier ? my uncle resently got released n got out way earlier vthe date he was told could this happen my husband?

  5. Ann says:

    My husband should be transferred to Wasco. I do not know much on the safety/violence inside the facility. My husband is an assertive person but humble person. He did not find trouble, trouble found him.
    Is it a site I can find to read on the facility and housing? Also, does Wasco facility allow congenital visiting between husband and wife? It may be called family visiting.

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