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Wasco State Prison Inmate Search and Prison Information

Updated on: January 1, 2024
701 Scofield AvenuePO Box 7700, Wasco, CA, 93280-8800

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Wasco State Prison is located in Wasco, California, and serves as one of Kern County’s two intake and processing prisons. Inmates are held at Wasco between one week and 90 days and during that time undergo intake, classification and any diagnosis needed to determine the best facility and security level to be housed in. Evaluation is based on mental and physical diagnosis, as well as family history.

At Wasco there is a 1,000-bed medium security facility that houses inmates that support the functioning of the larger 4,580-bed reception. Other inmates assist with institutional maintenance and landscaping. There are several levels of security at Wasco, including Levels I and III, as well as non-specific and restricted housing.


Wasco State Prison Prison Information

Jail Name Wasco State Prison
Jail Type State Prison
Authority: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Location 701 Scofield AvenuePO Box 7700, Wasco, CA, 93280-8800
Contact Numbers 661-758-8400
City Wasco
Postal Code 93280-8800
State California
County Kern County
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Inmate Search

The California Department of Corrections hosts an online inmate locator database as a service to those wishing to locate an inmate. It should not be relied upon for totally accurate information.

Inmates can be searched for using their inmate number, which yields the most accurate results. Alternatively, inmates can be located by their last name. For narrower results, enter the inmate’s first and/or middle name. For all names, partial spellings will yield results.

Sending a Mail

Inmates can be sent mail by anyone, although all incoming letters will be opened and inspected for contraband. Contraband can include anything besides up to ten plain pieces of paper and up to ten 8x10 inch photos. Send mail to:

  • 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

(Include Inmate's Name and CDCR number as well as last known housing)

An inmate’s CDC# can be found using the inmate locator or by calling the Public Information Officer of the inmate’s institution.

Inmates can be sent packages quarterly through third-party vendors. There are a variety of different companies to choose from, some specializing in items by category such as shoes, vitamins or music. Others offer more general options such as packaged foods, clothing, etc.

Sending Money

There are several ways to send money to an inmate. Because Wasco is a transitional facility, be sure to confirm that the inmate is still housed there before sending funds. One can use a lock box, which has no service fee and is the best way to send a money order, cashiers check or personal check. Another option is an electronic funds transfer (EFT), which is a paid service but also is the fastest way to send money (1-3 days.) Three EFT companies are used: GTL, JPay, and Keefe.

Finally, one can mail checks or money orders up to $999.99  but it could take up to one month for the funds to reach the inmate. Mail checks to:

Inmate’s Name
Housing Unit
701 Scofield Ave.
P.O. Box 9900
Wasco, CA 93280

Make checks payable to CDCR. Include the inmate’s name and CDCR number on the check. Also include the sender’s name and address on the face of the check or money order.

Phone Calls

While no one can call an inmate on the telephone, inmates can make outgoing phone calls. The California Department of Corrections utilizes the GTL system for phone calls, which allows family and friends to create prepaid accounts from which funds for the call will be taken for any received call.

Inmates must have money to place a call. Rates vary between $.0.096/minute for local prepaid calls to $0.135/minute for collect calls. Calls are monitored.

Visiting Rules

Visitation is encouraged, as it promotes healthier relationships between inmates and family/friends, as well as is beneficial for the reentry process. Fully prepare yourself before visiting by reading the visitation guidelines. These give all the information needed, anywhere from how to behave and dress to what you can bring. Visitation rules vary for prisoners based on behavior and security level, which can determine who can visit, for how long and if visits should be scheduled ahead of time.

Adult visitors must apply before visiting an inmate. Applications can be sent from the inmate to you. They will contain a questionnaire, which should be completed fully. Once you are approved, the inmate will be notified and they should notify you. From there, schedule a visit with VPASS.  Applications should be mailed back to the sergeant or lieutenant at:

Wasco State Prison, PO Box 8800 Wasco, CA 3280-8800

Most inmates have visitation rights, although there are different types of visits. Some are contact where the inmate can be with visitors in person. Others might be non-contact with a partition between people.

There are strict clothing requirements for visitors. The most important rule of thumb is to dress modestly and plainly, with no transparent or tight clothing. Clothing should not depict threatening or crude language or images. Avoid dressing in anything that might resemble prison clothing, including orange, jumpsuits, army green, camouflage, or blue denim pants. Do not wear hats or gloves inside visitation.

How Often Can I Visit?

Frequency of visits depends on an inmate’s security level, institution and behavior, among other factors. Since inmates are not usually held at Wasco for very long, check with the facility for more specific information on how often you can visit. Check with your inmate’s specific institution for more information.

Visitation Hours

Sunday 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Refer the map below to find the driving directions.