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Wasco State Prison-Reception Center

Wasco State Prison-Reception Center

701 Scofield Avenue, Wasco, California 93280

Phone :
(661) 758-8400
Website :
Inmate Locator :
Security Level :
minimum,medium


Wasco State Prison-Reception Center 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. an

Wasco State Prison-Reception Center Additional information:

Identification Required for Visiting


All adults must present identification when being processed to visit. Acceptable

forms of identification must be valid and current (not expired) and include:


A driver’s license (from any state) with photo;


A Department of Motor Vehicle identification card (from any state) with photo;


An armed forces identification card with photo;


A United States Department of Justice Immigration and Customs Enforcement

(ICE) identification card;


A United States passport with photo or a foreign passport with photo; or


A photo identification issued by the Mexican Consulate

Duration:

No time limit unless space availability is limited.

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57 Responses to Wasco State Prison-Reception Center

  1. isabell vallejo November 8, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    would like to know if i have been approved for visiting?

    • PrisonPath November 9, 2012 at 12:26 am #

      Hi Isabell,

      You would have to call the facility to verify your approval for visiting.

  2. Stephanie February 2, 2013 at 5:09 am #

    Hi the father of my daughter is in that prison, I would like to know if when visiting him, is it over a glass window or face to face ? My 1 year old hasn’t seen her dad for quite some time already and I know she misses him.. And because we don’t live close by, I’m just woundering how are the visits like. I will be going there in a few weeks and that’s my only concern. Thank you

    • PrisonPath February 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

      Hi Stephanie,

      Click the link on our prison page to the Wasco prison web site. You will find visitation information including information videos about visitation.

  3. Jack February 12, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    My son arrived on the 8th of Feb. and is in Facility C. Are there any differences between Facilities and what type Facility is C?
    Thank you.

    • PrisonPath February 13, 2013 at 3:07 am #

      Hi Jack,

      Please note the following information from Wasco’s web site.
      Wasco State Prison Reception Center – Mission Statement

      The Wasco facility was the first of two reception centers in Kern County. The primary mission is to provide short term housing necessary to process, classify, and evaluate new inmates physically and mentally, to determine their security level, program requirements, and appropriate institutional placement.

      A 400 bed medium custody facility houses general population inmates to help support and maintain the reception center. A minimum custody facility provides institutional maintenance and landscaping services.

      For more information, click the link for the prison’s web site.

  4. Thomas Nuttman March 27, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    My son is currently an inmate at Wasco. How do I go about getting permission to visit him? His name is John Nuttman AN7622 Facility B Bldg.5 Cell 207up.
    Thank you, Thomas Nuttman

    • PrisonPath March 27, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

      Hi Thomas,

      Please note the following information.

      Visiting A Friend or Loved One In Prison
      1
      Introduction
      Visiting a family member or friend who is in prison is an important way to maintain
      connections during incarceration and enhances the prisoner’s success both while in
      prison and after release. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
      (CDCR) recognizes the importance of visitation and encourages families and friends to
      visit as often as their circumstances allow.
      Nevertheless, visiting at a prison can be complicated and confusing, especially when
      visiting for the first time. This handbook is a useful guide for visitors, taking you
      through the process step-by-step, explaining the procedures and rules, and providing
      information and guidance on what you will need to do to visit and what you will
      encounter as you go through the process.
      Preparing To Visit
      A.
      Application to Visit a Prisoner
      Any adult wishing to visit a prisoner must first obtain approval from CDCR. You
      must apply for approval to visit by completing a Visitor Questionnaire
      (CDCR Form 106). You obtain the Visitor Questionnaire by having the prisoner you
      wish to visit send it to you. The prisoner must sign the questionnaire before sending
      it to the prospective visitor; the signature confirms the prisoner’s agreement to have
      the applicant added to his/her visiting list.
      It is important to fill out the questionnaire completely. The questionnaire calls for
      the applicant to list all criminal convictions and all arrests, even if the arrest never
      led to charges or conviction. CDCR will conduct a background check for arrests and
      convictions when processing the application and will deny approval to visit if the
      check indicates an arrest or conviction not listed on the questionnaire, so you should
      be thorough when completing the questionnaire. It is important to note that any
      contact with law enforcement may result in a record of the contact in the California
      Law Enforcement Telecommunication System, and may require clarification by
      the applicant. If you are unable to remember all the specifics about an arrest or
      conviction, be as specific as you can in providing the approximate date and the cause
      of the arrest.
      Mail the completed questionnaire to the Visiting Sergeant and/or Lieutenant where
      the prisoner you want to visit is housed. Mailing addresses are listed at the end of
      this handbook (see Attachment 1) and are also on CDCR’s website
      http://www.cdcr.ca.gov
      .
      Most prisons have different addresses for mail being sent to a prisoner and mail
      being sent to prison staff; be sure to get the address used for sending mail to prison
      staff, as the completed application should be sent to the attention of “Visiting” at
      the prison. Processing times for visiting questionnaires vary by institution based
      upon the volume of forms received and the number of staff approved to perform the
      review proces

  5. Evelyn April 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    I lost my id 2 days ago i have my passport will i b able to visit an inmate use that i also have the dmv papers for a new one

    • PrisonPath April 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

      Hi Evelyn,

      Please note the following information regarding visitor identification:

      F. Identification Required for Visiting
      All adults must present identification when being processed to visit. Acceptable
      forms of identification must be valid and current (not expired) and include:

      A driver’s license (from any state) with photo;

      A Department of Motor Vehicle identification card (from any state) with photo;

      An armed forces identification card with photo;

      A United States Department of Justice Immigration and Customs Enforcement
      (ICE) identification card;

      A United States passport with photo or a foreign passport with photo; or

      A photo identification issued by the Mexican Consulate

  6. roni powell June 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Are the visits through glass or contact? In the C unit.

    • PrisonPath June 12, 2013 at 2:03 am #

      Hi Roni,

      For information about visitation, click this link.
      For additional information, call directly the facility.
      For information about prison survival for an inmate, click this link.

  7. Abel N Felicia Nunez Jr. July 6, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    My boyfriend has been there for about two months. I sent back my visiting form about A month ago. I have not heard anything. I was wondering why its taking so long. I know that inmates are only there for a shot amount of time. May you please let me know how much longer its going to be, or if i got approved. At my email. roxynvivi0709@gmail.com. Thank You for your time.

    • PrisonPath July 7, 2013 at 1:54 am #

      Hi Abel,

      You need to call directly the prison for this information. If you still need help,contact the prison chaplain forassistance.

  8. stef July 28, 2013 at 5:12 am #

    Can u wear white pants. Yes or no??

    • PrisonPath July 28, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      Hi Stef,

      Please note the rules and restrictions regarding attire for visitation.

      Visiting A Friend or Loved One In Prison
      6
      bring the minor child(ren) into the prison, and the date(s) of the proposed visit(s).

      G. Attire Restrictions
      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

  9. Esther Grant August 9, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    May I fax visiting

    • PrisonPath August 9, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

      Hi Esther,

      Please note the following about the visitor application:
      Mail the completed questionnaire to the Visiting Sergeant and/or Lieutenant where
      the prisoner you want to visit is housed. Mailing addresses are listed at the end of
      this handbook (see Attachment 1) and are also on CDCR’s website
      http://www.cdcr.ca.gov
      .
      Most prisons have different addresses for mail being sent to a prisoner and mail
      being sent to prison staff; be sure to get the address used for sending mail to prison
      staff, as the completed application should be sent to the attention of “Visiting” at
      the prison. Processing times for visiting questionnaires vary by institution based
      upon the volume of forms received and the number of staff approved to perform the
      review process.

      From PrisonPath, for information about prison life, click this link.

  10. Angela August 11, 2013 at 3:55 am #

    My friend is in processing and I would like to know what he is able to have? Ie; paper, stamps, etc and how are they to be mailed? I’ve been told no Manila envelopes.. Can he have pictures and books? Thanks in advance.

    • PrisonPath August 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

      Hi Angela,

      For information about packages, click this link.
      The prison web site has additional information.
      For information about prison survival, click this link.

  11. Gaby August 26, 2013 at 3:28 am #

    Hello, my sons dad was transferred on the 20th of this month. What I would like to know is when are we going to be able to talk to him over the phone or see him? He is in reception In facility B. It’s a very hard time for the whole family not knowing how he is. Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.

    • PrisonPath August 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

      Hi Gaby,

      Please note the following information about telephone communication with an inmate:
      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.
      For information about visitation,click this link.
      From PrisonPath–For information about prison life, click this link.

  12. Kelsey Sands September 10, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    What is the dial number for the inmate when calling to make a visitation?

  13. Natalie September 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Hi,

    I would like to know the mailing address to where I send in my visiting application.

    • PrisonPath September 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

      Hi Natalie,

      We recommend calling the facility for the mailing address for visitor’s applications. It should be mailed to the Visitor Sergeant.

      • Natalie September 23, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

        How many visitors is he allowed to have at a time. What is the limitation.?

  14. Auntie Nay September 29, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    I’ve received a couple of phone calls from Angela S…..z she says shes from Wasco State prison leaves her number and ext. and ask me to call her back. She’s the CMPR’s secretary. First- What does CMPR stand for. why would she be calling me and wanting me to call her back? I don’t know who she’s calling about either. I know 3 or 4 men locked up at Wasco right now. Anyone else getting/gotten calls if so What did she want.
    Thnx!!!!!

  15. PrisonPath October 10, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    Religious Items and Clothes for Visitation at Wasco State Prison-Reception:

    If your religion requires you to wear a certain type of clothing that would otherwise
    be unacceptable by operating procedures, such as Muslim headdress or Catholic
    habits, you will be allowed to wear the clothing; however, you may be required
    to remove it for inspection in a private location with an officer of the same gender
    present before you are allowed into the visiting room.
    Most visiting rooms have copies of the Bible, the Koran, and the Torah. If you wish
    to bring in the bible of your faith because a copy is not present in the visiting room,
    ask the Visiting Sergeant or Lieutenant for permission.

  16. Sandra Fellers October 19, 2013 at 5:18 am #

    I was approved to visit inmate out of wasco state prison, does that carry over to where the inmate was transferred. he is at corcran prison

    • PrisonPath October 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

      Hi Sandra,

      It is our understanding from calling the institution that it does carry over. However, it does not hurt to call to re-confirm.

  17. sandra fellers October 19, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    well I’m trying to understand how this works. the person answering these question should have the specific answers. what’s the point. You are just delegating everyone to go to websites. I’ve already read how it works but it does not say anything about
    being approved at reception center and the approved person is me. wasco is the main reception center. does the approval follow to where inmate is placed please yes or no

    • PrisonPath October 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

      Hi Sandra,

      Please see our previous answer to your question. WE refer many to the prison’s web site for complete information regarding their issue. It is surprising that a substantial number of individuals with inquiries have not even looked at the prison’s web site.

  18. Raquel October 29, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    Hi I just got the application to visit my boyfriend in wasco and I have mexican consolate ID card but I don’t know which box to mark for the id

    • PrisonPath October 29, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

      Hi Raquel,

      The Wasco State Prison and all other California prisons will accept a Mexican Consulate ID card. Check the ID box. Send application back with photocopy of the ID.
      For information about prison life, click 25 Rules.

  19. maria cabrerrah December 3, 2013 at 6:19 am #

    Hi my boyfriend has been @ wasco reception center for about 3 months or so can I visit him he send me a form but I was not to sure if it was a form to fill out when he is moved or to visit him now @ wasco reception center I know they don’t get to make phone calls but do they get visits ?

    • PrisonPath December 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

      Hi Maria,

      We recommend filling out the form and sending it in for visitation. For information about prison life, read
      what prison is like.

  20. reisha January 2, 2014 at 5:30 am #

    i wna kno when will ma boyfriend get out of reception.he been in there for 4 months now.

    • PrisonPath January 2, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

      Hi Reisha,

      We recommend contacting his case manager.

  21. Maria Angulo February 7, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

    I already sent 2 applications to visit my grandson, my daughter and granddaughter received there approved letter,I haven’t can you tell me how I can find out why I have not received my approved letter

    • PrisonPath February 8, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

      Hi Maria,

      We recommend contacting the prison chaplain for assistance.

  22. Jacqueline May 4, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    Hi, my cousin just got transferred to wasco and i would like to know how can i find out the exact adress and sell he’s in

    • PrisonPath May 5, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

      Hi Jacqueline,

      Please note the following information:

      Physical Address:

      701 Scofield Avenue
      Wasco, CA 93280
      (661) 758-8400

      Mailing Address
      701 Scofield Avenue
      P.O. Box 8800
      Wasco, CA 93280

  23. carol sianez June 21, 2014 at 12:07 am #

    three weeks my son has been there and he as of yet received any mail. I have sent so many things to him. This is not humane. why is this happening.

  24. Andrea Hernandez October 19, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    Hello, I was just wondering if anyone knew if you needed to be reapproved for visiting for a second time an inmate goes back into Wasco.. or if you have already been approved once before is it still valid?

  25. sara October 27, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    I was wondering while inmates are on the mandatory 30 blackout do they receive mail

  26. Jimmie C April 23, 2015 at 3:03 am #

    My son is there how can I send him self addressed stamped envelopes I have not found any info regarding this, I don’t think im able to buy them and then mailed to him please help in regards to this request

    Jimmie C

  27. Monica December 19, 2015 at 4:17 am #

    Hi, How long do inmates need to stay in that facility ? and what happens after?

  28. Marva Daniel April 19, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

    My grandson just arrived at Wasco on April 18, 2016, what I would like to know is since this is a reception area, will he be able to receive visits ( I downloaded the form), will he be able to receive packages from Access or Union, and will I be able to put money on his books through Jpay, will money and packages follow him if he is not kept there, and how long will he be kept there and is it possible that he will remain there to do all of his time. And how can I find out what building and cell he is in, so I can order him a package.
    Thanking you in advance
    Marva Daniel
    Concerned Grandmother

  29. Richard Almanza May 22, 2017 at 2:13 am #

    Information on inmates booking money amount inmate has been infirmary for sometime

  30. Richard Almanza June 1, 2017 at 2:16 am #

    Inmate is in infirmary what are guidelines for visitations

  31. PrsonP@th June 2, 2017 at 12:03 pm #

    Hi Richard,

    For the infirmary, we recommend contacting the facility directly re: visitation.

  32. Sonya Galloway Lott June 22, 2017 at 9:11 pm #

    I would like to know if my application for visitation has been approved.

  33. Helga Medd July 17, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

    Byron and I sent in our applications about 2 weeks ago to visit our grandson. We would like to know if we have been accepted. Do you need his name on this format? His mother wants to come with us and has the signed document and not sent it it. We drive from 2 hours out of Wasco and want to know if we three can travel together on July 29, 2017?
    Please let us know – we would be so grateful. Byron & Helga Medd.

    • Helga Medd July 18, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

      We are in Fresno and want to meet out grandson Jason Nicholas BD 0922 H-3 cell 144 on July 29th. Our daughter, Jason’s mother wants to come with us and sent in her application yesterday. How can we find out if we can come? This is our first time doing this and we want to do it right! Please tell us what to do. Thank youu.
      Helga & Byron Medd, Fresno, CA.

  34. Maria July 30, 2017 at 8:29 am #

    I recently wrote to my boyfriend who just got transferred to wasco state prison last week, i wrote his first and last name and cdcr number on it along with his C facility PO box 6600 wasco california 93280-6600, my mistake was that i didnt write 701 Scoifield Ave. Will he still get the letter I sent him or will it get returned ?
    Thanks

  35. Alejandra Garcia August 19, 2017 at 7:10 am #

    Hi I wanted to know if my nehfew is reception do I have to make appointment

  36. Darlene September 1, 2017 at 9:32 pm #

    Is.there any buses.that take.you.to.the prison

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