North Kern State Prison Visitor Information & Inmate Locator- Prison Path

North Kern State Prison

2737 West Cecil Avenue, Delano, California 93215

Phone :
(661) 721-2345 (General)
Website :
Inmate Locator :
Security Level :
medium

North Kern State Prison Visiting Information:

Visiting Days and Hours
Every prison has visiting on Saturdays, Sundays, and four holidays during each
calendar year (New Year’s Day, July 4th (Independence Day), Thanksgiving Day, and
Christmas Day). Visits vary by institution but usually begin between 7:30 a.m. and Visiting Days and Hours
Every prison has visiting on Saturdays, Sundays, and four holidays during each
calendar year (New Year’s Day, July 4th (Independence Day), Thanksgiving Day, and
Christmas Day). Visits vary by institution but usually begin between 7:30 a.m. and 9A.M.
Please note that you cannot bring cell phones to visits.

Welcome to the Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System (VPASS). This application is offered as an additional service to help expedite and enhance the visitation process (this does not include visits for inmates on Non-Contact status such as inmates in reception center, administrative segregation, condemned, segregated housing unit and other specialized units). Please contact the institution for special appointments for these inmates. VPASS attempts to alleviate many lengthy visiting wait time issues that are being seen around the state while providing the flexibility for each institution to set up the system to meet their visiting needs. At no time will any visitor be turned away solely for the inability to make or schedule an appointment. Instructional videos for account activation, forgot password and edit/cancel appointments can be accessed at http://cdcr.ca.gov/visitors. In the event you are not able to show up for your appointment, please remember to cancel, this will give someone else the opportunity to visit. Enjoy your visits.

For more information, click visitation.

North Kern State Prison Additional information:

Mobility devices such as canes, crutches, and wheelchairs; some prisons do

not allow personal canes, crutches, or wheelchairs to be taken into visiting but

require the visitor to exchange his/her personal device for a prison-issue device

and then exchange back after the visit.

The mission of North Kern State Prison is two-fold: 1) it functions as a reception center for the processing of incoming inmates from southern and some northern counties; and 2) functions as the Central / Southern California Transportation Hub for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Duration:

No time limit unless space availability is limited.

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52 Responses to North Kern State Prison

  1. sonia Bejar November 11, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    iwant to know who is jose angel Hernandez# you tell him i love him

    • PrisonPath November 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

      Hi Sonia,

      You can communicate directly with the inmate since you have his ID No. and his address.

  2. Tyquisha smith December 1, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    is there anyone I can talk to about why I have not heard back about my visiting form sent in 4months ago thank you for your time

    • PrisonPath December 1, 2012 at 1:56 am #

      Hi Tyquisha, for more information about your question, please click this–Link

  3. ronnie maynard December 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    i want to no did my brother recieve his money i sent to him through jpay

    • PrisonPath December 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

      Hi Ronnie,

      You need to contact your brother to confirm whether the money is in his account. You could also call the facility for information.

  4. dawnmatilda January 31, 2013 at 3:28 am #

    blessings, I would like to know how long before I can visit my son

    • PrisonPath January 31, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

      Hi Dawn,

      To visit your son, you need to be on his visitor’s list. You also have to be approved for visitation. Your son needs to send you the application for visitation. For additional information, click the link to the prison’s web site for additional information about visitation. The link is on our page.

  5. ashleydriver April 9, 2013 at 3:34 am #

    my husband has been there since february 16 and already seen his counselor. and
    got his release date..so how long will it take for him to either get a visit or
    will he be moved again?

    • PrisonPath April 9, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

      Hi Ashley,

      I recommend contacting your husband’s case manager for information. Prisonpath is a private web site and not connected in any way to any prison.

  6. Kat May 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    I would like to know how find out an inmates address. I have his cdcr # but that’s all I have. I don’t know where to mail the letter to. Can anyone help? I’ve tried calling north kern but I can’t get through. It’s automated and I keep pressing the extension but it just takes me back to the beginning of the recording.

    • PrisonPath May 1, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

      Hi Kat,

      For information about locating your inmate, click this link.

      For information about prison life and culture, click this link.

  7. Tasiemai May 7, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    How do you find out why I was denied for visiting

    • PrisonPath May 8, 2013 at 2:42 am #

      Hi Tasiemai,

      Please note the following about visitation. For more information about prison life, click this link.

      Visiting A Friend or Loved One In Prison
      2
      If you are approved to visit, the prisoner is notified and he/she must notify you.
      Once approved, you are listed in the computer as being an approved visitor for the
      prisoner; you do not need to bring any proof of approval with you to the prison.
      If you are disapproved, you will receive a letter from the prison setting forth the
      reason for disapproval; the prisoner will also receive notice of the disapproval
      but will not be given the reason. If you are denied approval to visit, you may
      reapply, you may appeal the denial and/or the prisoner may appeal the denial. If
      the reason for the denial is based on inaccurate or incomplete information on the
      Visitor Questionnaire, you may resubmit an accurate and complete questionnaire.
      Sometimes the reason for denial is that the prison requires additional information
      (for example, evidence that the applicant is no longer on probation); in those cases,
      you should resubmit the questionnaire and provide the additional information.
      If you do not agree with the reason given for the disapproval, you may appeal
      by writing to the Warden at the prison. He/she is required to respond to your
      appeal within 15 working days of receiving the appeal. If dissatisfied with the
      institution’s response or action, you may refer your appeal, with a copy of the
      institution’s decision, to the Director of the Division of Adult Institutions or his/her
      designee at: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of
      Adult Institutions, P. O. Box 942883, Sacramento, California, 94283-0001, Attention:
      Director, Room 351-N. A written response to appeals addressed to the Director shall
      be provided within 20 working days from the date of receipt. The prisoner may
      independently appeal the denial of approval by utilizing the normal prisoner appeal
      process within the prison

  8. karina May 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    I want to know i can visit my boyfriend, since they brought him to L.A For court once again anf they send him back to north kern. My application to visit him was approved and i had a visit to see him before they moved him. So now that hes back there can i visit him or is he back in reception?

  9. Juliette Soltan June 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    I would like to write a letter to the Warden. Is this possible & if so can I have all information necessary please. Thank you

    • PrisonPath June 13, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

      Hi Juliette,

      I would call the prison to confirm the warden’s address. The address is:

      Mailing Address:
      Sandra Pennywell, Warden
      P.O. Box 567
      Delano, CA 93216-0567

  10. summer Lopez August 13, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    I’m trying to find my cousin who I believe is at north kern prison. All I have is his name and birthday and I know he was previously in Vista jail. How should I go about finding him? I only have his old cdc# number.

    • PrisonPath August 13, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

      Hi Summer,

      We recommend trying the inmate locators on the home page and this prison page.

  11. Jasmine Wilson August 28, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    instead of driving all the way to the prison cant I talk to him through a laptop via webcam ?

  12. bruce m. ireland September 1, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    I am trying to locate new inmate: Michael Lucas Turner. age: 26. Please email me so that I may visit Him. Thank You, Bruce Ireland bmireland2@hushmail

    • PrisonPath September 2, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

      Hi Bruce,

      We recommend trying our inmate locators on this prison page and the home page.

  13. Mrs.Roby September 9, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    CAN INMATES MAKE COLLECT PHONE CALLS?

    • PrisonPath September 9, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

      Hi Mrs. Roby,

      Inmates can make collect calls. Please note the following information about telephone calls at North Kern State Prison;
      Telephone Calls
      Family and friends (called party) cannot call prisoners; prison
      ers must call to speak to
      someone outside the prison. The prisoners use designated phone
      s that make collect calls to
      a land line (residence) or cell phones. The called party is responsible for paying for the calls.
      Calling cards cannot be used. International calls can be made if the called party sets up a pre-
      paid account with the telephone vendor. Instructions for these types of calls can be found on
      the CDCR website at:
      http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Visitors/Receiving_Calls_From_Inmates_and_Wards.html
      The state contracts with one telephone vendor who provides local, long distance, inter-state,
      and international telephone services to prisoners. The contract term is usually for several
      years and the contract rates are fixed and do not change for the contract term. The current
      contract is with Global Tel*link (GTL). GTL issues notices when contract changes occur. The
      GTL Notices that include current rates, and current/past notices to inmates, family/friends
      can be found on the CDCR website.
      The collect call rates are different for local, long distance, interstate, and international calls. If
      a called party would like to know their collect call rate, they
      would need the prisoner to call
      them first so that a completed call or call attempt would be in
      the GTL system. Then, the
      called party can call GTL at 1-888-415-0377, provide their telephone number, and ask for the
      cost of the call. A GTL user guide that includes billing options, refunds, and other information,
      Vwill be issued soon. This guide will be shared with the Statewide Inmate Family Council,
      local prison family advisory groups, prisoner advisory councils, and will be posted on the
      CDCR website.
      Prisoners can sign-up to use the designated phones in 15-minute time slots. The number of
      calls made by one prisoner can be limited based upon open time slots on the sign-up sheet.
      The designated phones’ “on” and “off” times vary at each prison; however, these phones are
      turned off during late night and early morning hours. If a prisoner attempts to make a call
      when the phones are turned off, the call will not go through.
      GTL uses an automated operator system to process the calls. When a prisoner makes a call,
      the called party will hear a message stating the call is coming from a state prison and the call
      will be monitored and recorded. The called party can listen to the entire message or they can
      press the five button on their telephone to accept the charge of the call. During the call, there
      will be a message played periodically reminding the called party that the call is from a state
      prison. The calls have a 15-minute time limit and the system automatically ends the call at the
      end of the 15 minutes. The called party and prisoner will hear a warning message advising
      when they have two minutes and one minute left in the call.
      All billing and blocking issues should be directed to GTL’s Customer Service number
      at 1-888-415-0377.

  14. Jamal October 6, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    Dear Warden,‎

    I am writing to you concerning my son “Mohamed”, who is housed in your ‎facility. I am a Saudi National who got married to an American lady “Ginger”. I had ‎taken Mohamed away from his mother when he was 8 years old. When he couldn’t ‎assimilate to Saudi people, who were prejudice against him due to his American ‎blood, he was returned to USA to his Mom after 8 years. Last year he called me ‎asking for help with his court case, I informed my Saudi Government and they bailed ‎him with $90,000 and assigned a lawyer to represent him. I have told my son that if ‎he gets 45 days before sentencing, that I will help him to avoid jail. It was arranged ‎with the Saudi Government to issue him a passport so he can leave the States to ‎Saudi. When I told Mohamed to pick up his passport and he knew then that I was ‎trying to get him back to Saudi, he did not go to the Embassy to pick the passport, ‎when I asked him why! He said that he was an American and would not go back to ‎Saudi, and he would rather go to jail!. This was embarrassing for me as I assured the ‎government that he would go back for sure, I was shocked at first, I got mad because ‎I went through all this for nothing. But I guess he relates to his mom’s countrymen, ‎and he doesn’t relates to Arabs. He used to embarrass me when he was here, telling ‎everyone he meets that he was an American, and this is a taboo over here!. ‎Nonetheless, out of respect to his wishes, I feel that I should send him some money, ‎and I wonder how can I do that from over here? The same goes for phone calls. ‎
    Many thanks and take care of your American kid, I guess he is denying his Saudi ‎nationality for good. I wish him the best in his mother land. as the Saudi government ‎will not accept him, and I was informed that they will strip him from his Saudi ‎nationality.‎
    Best regards,‎
    Jamal

    • PrisonPath October 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

      Hi Jamal,

      Prisonpath.com is a private web site and is not connected or affiliated with any prison. For information about money,visitation, or any other issue involving North Kern State Prison, click this link.

  15. PrisonPath October 10, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Chidren’s Visitation at North Kern State Prison:

    Minors (children under 18 years old) are required to be accompanied by an adult
    who is an approved visitor. If the minor child(ren) is accompanied by his/her
    parent, the only paperwork necessary is a certified copy of the minor child(ren)’s
    birth certificate. If the minor is accompanied by his/her legal guar
    dian, a certified
    copy of the minor child(ren)’s birth certificate and proof of legal guardianship is
    required. If the minor child(ren) is accompanied by someone other than his/her
    parent or legal guardian, in addition to the certified copy of the minor child(ren)’s
    birth certificate, the adult must also bring a notarized written consent authorization
    form (see Attachment 2) signed by the minor child(ren)’s parent or legal guardian
    expressly giving permission for the minor child(ren) to visit a prisoner. The
    written consent authorization form must include the name of the prisoner the
    minor child(ren) is allowed to visit, the name of the person who is authorized

  16. Lucy October 21, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    Hello,

    Can I take my cell phone to the visit?

    • PrisonPath October 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

      Hi Lucy,

      You are not allowed to bring your cellphone to the visit at the North Kern State Prison.
      For information about prison life at North Kern State Prison, click this link for the 25 rules.

  17. Tina Smith October 31, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    Can someone tell me the dress code for women and minor boys please!!! Thank you so much.

    • PrisonPath October 31, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

      Hi Tina,

      Please note the following dress code at North Kern State Prison:

      There are restrictions on what you may wear to a prison. In general, there are four
      rules to remember:
      1.
      Do not wear clothing that resembles the clothing that prisoners wear
      a.
      Blue denim pants;
      b.
      Blue chambray shirts;
      c.
      Orange jumpsuits or Orange tops with Orange bottoms;
      d.
      Red tops (Pleasant Valley State Prison only); or
      e.
      Dresses that resemble prisoner muumuu (female institutions only)
      2.
      Do not wear clothing that resembles what custodial staff wear
      a.
      Forest green pants;
      b.
      Tan shirts; or
      c.
      Camouflage
      3.
      Dress conservatively and modestly; and
      4.
      Do not wear any item that cannot be taken off and will not clear a metal detector
      (such as an underwire bra or clothing with metal buttons).
      There are specific restrictions:

      No blue denim, blue chambray, orange jumpsuits or orange tops with orange
      bottoms;

      No forest green bottoms with tan tops;

      No camouflage unless identification shows active or reserve military personnel;

      No strapless, halter, bare midriff, sheer, or transparent clothing;

      No skirts, dresses, or shorts that expose more than two inches above the knee;

      No clothing that exposes the breast, genitalia, or buttocks area;

      No very tight, form-fitting attire;

      No wigs, hairpieces, extensions, or other headpieces except for medical r
      easons
      and with prior approval;

      No hats or gloves, except with prior approval or in inclement weather; and

      No shower shoes.

      Visiting A Friend or Loved One In Prison
      7
      Prisons sometimes have their own local rules regarding visiting attire that is deemed
      unacceptable (i.e., “excess” jewelry, layered outfits, shoes without straps around the
      heel). It is wise to check with your local institution prior to your visit.
      Most prisons have a Visitor Center that will lend you used but clean clothing if the
      clothing you wore is rejected by staff. The funding for these Visitor Centers is not
      always secure and thus the centers may not always be open. For these reasons, it is
      good practice to bring an extra set of clothing in the car in case you need to change.
      If an officer tells you that your clothing is unacceptable but you feel that you have
      complied with the rules and your clothing is acceptable, you may ask to speak with
      the Visiting Sergeant or Lieutenant, who will make the decision about your clothing.
      Although a minor must clear the metal detector, children under 36 inches are not
      subject to the restrictions related to colors of clothing or types of materia

  18. helene hill November 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    I cant get through to the mailroom and i cant figure out how to put the mailing address to send a book to an inmate located at North kern state prison

    • PrisonPath November 11, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

      Hi Helene,

      Book are sent directly from the vendor. The bookstore, publisher, or the web site, would need the inmate’s name, the inmate’s I.D. No.,and the full address of the prison.
      For information about prison life, read the 25 Rules.

  19. Katie November 30, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    hello! I am going to visit someone tomorrow at north kern, and the drive is about 4 hours. I was told I do not need to make an appointment since he is still in reception and the visit is through glass. However, when reading online about the visits on the website it keeps referring to making an appointment. I do not want to drive all the way out there for nothing, Do you know if it is necessary to make an appointment?

    • PrisonPath November 30, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Hi Katie,

      Since prisons change rules about visitation, we recommend calling the prison directly to confirm the visitation information.

  20. Jimmy Lee Andrews December 11, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    How can you communicate with an inmate

    • PrisonPath December 11, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

      Hi Jimmy,

      Please note the following information about telephone calls to inmates:

      Telephone Calls
      Family and friends (called party) cannot call prisoners; prison
      ers must call to speak to
      someone outside the prison. The prisoners use designated phone
      s that make collect calls to
      a land line (residence) or cell phones. The called party is responsible for paying for the calls.
      Calling cards cannot be used. International calls can be made if the called party sets up a pre-
      paid account with the telephone vendor. Instructions for these types of calls can be found on
      the CDCR website at:
      http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Visitors/Receiving_Calls_From_Inmates_and_Wards.html
      The state contracts with one telephone vendor who provides local, long distance, inter-state,
      and international telephone services to prisoners. The contract term is usually for several
      years and the contract rates are fixed and do not change for the contract term. The current
      contract is with Global Tel*link (GTL). GTL issues notices when contract changes occur. The
      GTL Notices that include current rates, and current/past notices to inmates, family/friends
      can be found on the CDCR website.
      The collect call rates are different for local, long distance, interstate, and international calls. If
      a called party would like to know their collect call rate, they
      would need the prisoner to call
      them first so that a completed call or call attempt would be in
      the GTL system. Then, the
      called party can call GTL at 1-888-415-0377, provide their telephone number, and ask for the
      cost of the call. A GTL user guide that includes billing options, refunds, and other information,
      Vwill be issued soon. This guide will be shared with the Statewide Inmate Family Council,
      local prison family advisory groups, prisoner advisory councils, and will be posted on the
      CDCR website

      For information about visitation, mailing an inmate, etc., click Family Guidelines.

      For information about prison life, click 25 Rules.

  21. Nelly December 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    How do you send a book to an inmate? And does the book have to be paper back?

    • PrisonPath December 26, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

      Hi Nelly,

      The books should be sent directly by the vendor directly to the inmate. You should not buy the book and mail it.
      For information about prison life, read the 25 Rules.

  22. Trisha December 29, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

    Hello I’m am looking for an inmate by the name of Deshaun Lee Smith.The one that is listed is not him because the birthday is different.I believe his is 1/1/88.I don’t have a phone to call for this information so I hope someone will be able to help me this way.Thank You

  23. bruce m. ireland January 4, 2014 at 1:53 am #

    Dear Miss Pennywel, NKSP Warden: On August 30, 2013, an Inmate was sent to NKSP for Reception and Processing. On Sept. 14, and 15, 2013, I (Bruce M. Ireland) tried to visit Inmate Michael L. Turner, with an approved V-PASS! When I arrived on both dates, I was refused Visitation! The only thing told to me, was that I neede a consent form. I replied to the Visiting Fuard at the desk…that I applied on-line! Again, I was remissed. I wrote to the Inmate for a Consent Form (106)! Yet, the inmate has ADHD, and, is not understanding of the procedure! I am not family, but, a good friend! I would like to request for Visitation, so that I can encourage Inmate Turner, and, not have demoralized! What can YOU do to help facilitate this, Please, Miss Pennywell? bmireland2006@yahoo.com Sincerely, Bruce M. Ireland (Retired College Professor)

  24. LilSilent February 21, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    Please someone help me if i am approved to see someone inreception but my ride isnt can i still be let in if my ride waits in the car

    • PrisonPath February 21, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

      Hi,

      If your ride is waiting in the car, then you should not have any problem. You can contact the facility directly for confirmation. For information about prison life, read the 25 Rules.

      • LilSilent February 22, 2014 at 5:40 am #

        Thank you very much I did they said as long as they werent a felon and i was approved should be okay so hopefully it will work out for my visit tomorrow fingers crossed thankx again appreciate it !

        • PrisonPath February 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

          Hi Lil,

          Great, hope all goes well,
          Brad,
          prisonpath.com

  25. ivan montellino March 29, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    do you have this person at your facility?

  26. luis b. quintana AL#8465 March 31, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    I have been writing to him and my mail is returned to me I need to know the correct mailing address. His mother Maria Quintana.4

    • PrisonPath March 31, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

      Hi Luis,

      Try our inmate locators on this page and the home page. If you do not succeed, we recommend contacting the prison chaplain for assistance.

  27. Deborah May 14, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

    How do I go about scheduling a visitation with an inmate at your location?

    • PrisonPath May 15, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

      Hi Deborah,

      Please review our updated visitation section on this prison page which includes scheduling a visitation.
      For information about prison life, read the 25 Rules.

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