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07-11-2011, 06:58 PM

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Highway 101 North
Soledad, CA 93960

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Mission Statement, Statistics, Programs and History
Visiting information (http://www.prisonfamilyonline.com/showthread.php?5078-In-Progress-Need-Mailroom-Info-Correctional-Training-Facility-(CTF)-Prison-Guide&p=25079#post25079)

Friends on the Outside (http://www.prisonfamilyonline.com/showthread.php?5078-In-Progress-Need-Mailroom-Info-Correctional-Training-Facility-(CTF)-Prison-Guide&p=25081#post25081)

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Local Motels/Restaurants (http://www.prisonfamilyonline.com/showthread.php?5078-In-Progress-Need-Mailroom-Info-Correctional-Training-Facility-(CTF)-Prison-Guide&p=25093#post25093)

Reference Materials

Title 15 (http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Regulations/Adult_Operations/docs/2011%20Title%2015%20English.pdf)

Department Operations Manual (http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Regulations/Adult_Operations/DOM_TOC.html)

Changes to Operations Manual (http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Regulations/Adult_Operations/NCDOM.html)
How to file a CDCr Administrative Appeal (http://www.prisonlaw.com/pdfs/AdminAppeal10-10-08.pdf)
Inmate Visiting Guidelines (http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Visitors/docs/InmateVisitingGuidelines.pdf)

Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System (VPASS) (http://visitorreservations.cdcr.ca.gov/)

Inmate Locator (http://inmatelocator.cdcr.ca.gov/)

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07-11-2011, 08:30 PM
Randy Grounds,

Physical Address
Mailing Address

Highway 101 North
Soledad, CA 93960
(831) 678-3951
P.O. Box 2289
Blythe, CA 92226

Correctional Training Facility - Mission Statement
The primary mission of the Correctional Training Facility is to provide housing, programs and services for medium custody inmates.

Special Historical Notes
CTF's South Facility dates back to 1946 when it was utilized as a camp center and administered by San Quentin State Prison. The Central Facility opened in 1951; the North Facility opened in 1958. In 1984, an additional dormitory was added to the Central Facility. In 1996, three dormitories were added: two at the North Facility and one at the South Facility.

Institution Details
Correctional Training Facility opened in 1946; covers 680 acres, and is a three-facility complex, each function’s independently, however when required each facility supports each other:

Central Facility: The Central Facility opened in 1951, and is a training and work-oriented facility that provides comprehensive Academic, Vocational, and Prison Industries Authority programs. The Central Facility houses Level II inmates and also operates the institution's Administrative Segregation Unit.
North Facility: The North Facility opened in 1958, and is a training and work-oriented facility that provides comprehensive academic, vocational, Drug Addiction & Recovery Services, and Prison Industries Authority programs. The North Facility houses Sensitive Needs Yard Level III inmates.
South Facility: The South Facility opened in 1946, when it was utilized as a camp center administered by San Quentin State Prison; and now provides the institution with outside minimum custody workers. The facility also offers academic, vocational and industrial assignments. The South Facility houses Level I inmates.

CTF's values/motto is: Pride in a job well done, Excellence in attaining and preserving the skills necessary to ensure that the institution's mission is met, and that Training is the means by which we achieve our goals.
CTF is engaged in ongoing efforts to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). CTF provides Correctional Clinical Case Management Services (CCCMS) level of care.

Institution Statistics
Correctional Training Facility was opened in 1946, and covers 680 acres. As of Fiscal Year 2006/2007, the following statistics apply:

Number of custody staff:

Number of support services staff:

Number of health care staff
Total number of staff:


Annual Budget


$150 Million

Designed Bedspace & Count

Facility Level

Design Capacity


I - South

II - Central

II - North


Inmate Programs:

PIA: Administration, Wood Products (Furniture Manufacturing, Upholstery), Textiles, Silk Screen, Warehouse and Maintenance.

Vocational: Electrical Works, Carpentry, Electronics, Small Engine Repair, Welding, Office Services & Technology.

Academic: Adult Basic Education, High School/GED, Literacy Program, & Computer Assisted Education, College (via ILTAG and CRM).

Other: Community Service Crews, Religious Services, Alternatives to Violence, Drug Addiction & Recovery Services, Recycling, etc.

Family Reunification Liaison:
CDCR provides through a contract with a community-based organization an on-site Case Manager as a family reunification liaison for inmates and family members, to assist with an inmate’s pre-release preparation; and conduct Parenting and Creative Conflict Resolution classes for inmates.

07-12-2011, 11:32 AM
Visiting Days and Times

Visiting Days and Times

Saturdays, Sundays
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Holidays as designated by Title 15:
New Year's Day, Independence Day,
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Visitor Processing:
Visitors can access facility grounds no earlier than 7:30 AM.
All visitors must park in the main visitor parking lot. Visitors with a valid disabled placard may park in the designated spaces near the Central Entrance Building. If you have scheduled an appointment, you must check in at the Central Entrance Building to retrieve your visiting pass. If you do not have an appointment, you should not arrive before 11:00 AM and must wait behind the designated cone to receive your visiting pass.Visitors will be processed according to their scheduled time slot.

Helpful Tips

Schedule your visit, as there is no guarantee that all unscheduled visitors will be processed due to limited space availability.

Check-in at the Central Entrance Building approximately 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

Dress according to the regulations as outlined in the visiting rules. Reference DOM Supplement 19, Inmate Visiting.

Leave all unauthorized items secured in your vehicle or at Friends Outside.

Park in the designated area and secure your vehicle completely.

Visitors may/should schedule appointments on Holiday Visiting Days.

Scheduling Appointments

The appointment time is the time you begin the Visitor Processing. Visitor processing times will vary due to institutional layout and other security issues that may arise during processing.Scheduled appointments can be made for your entire party as long as it is for the same inmate, same time, and date.Visitors may schedule appointments in person at the conclusion of their visit at the Central Entrance Building during regular visiting hours.


Visitors may schedule appointments over the telephone, (831) 678-5894 (this is a direct line) during the following times:
Monday NORTH and SOUTH FACILITY ONLY (visitors can begin scheduling for the weekend three (3) weeks ahead.
10 AM – 1 PM Friday CENTRAL FACILITY ONLY (visitors can begin scheduling for the weekend two (2) weeks ahead. 10AM-1PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday All Facilities 6PM-8PM

Telephone appointment requests can only be made by speaking with a staff member. Requests left via voice mail will not be processed.


Visitors may request scheduled appointments via e-mail at ctfvisiting@cdcr.ca.gov once the request is processed staff will e-mail the visitor a confirmation. The request must include the names of the visitors, inmates name, number, and housing, date and time of the request. If the requested time is not available you will be scheduled for the next available time slot.

There is no penalty for missing a scheduled appointment, but we request that as a courtesy to other visitors, please call or e-mail to cancel your scheduled appointment if you can not make the Scheduled time or date. Those visitors that are late for their scheduled appointments will be processed as time permits.Visitor Information Line (800) 374-8474 This line is updated on Thursday afternoons or as needed.

To send in visiting questionnaire form, mail to:

Attn: Visiting Sergeant
P.O. Box 686
Soledad, CA 93960-0686

For the complete Visiting Guidelines Visit HERE (http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Visitors/docs/InmateVisitingGuidelines.pdf)

You must be approved before you can visit:

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.

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:
Also remember what you use on the CDCr 106 is the Identification you must bring with you to process for visiting
• 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.

(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 guardian, 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 (http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Visitors/docs/InmateVisitingGuidelines.pdf)) 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 to bring the minor child(ren) into the prison, and the date(s) of the proposed visit(s). The notarization must be on the original written consent authorization form and cannot be attached to it. The written consent authorization form to bring in a minor child(ren) must be updated each year.

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 reasons and with prior approval;
• No hats or gloves, except with prior approval or in inclement weather; and
• No shower shoes.

Items a Visitor May Bring

Visitors are strictly limited in the items they may bring into the prison. Items allowed without prior approval are limited to the following:
• A $50 limit per adult and $20 limit per minor; only as dollar bills, dollar coins and quarters (change machines are usually available but they may be out of order or out of change);
• A small (generally 6” by 8”) clear, plastic purse or bag;
• Two keys on a ring with no other attachments. One key may be an electronic car keys;
• Identification (as previously specified);
• A comb or brush; non-metallic, no pointed end or detachable parts;
• A small unopened pack of tissues or a handkerchief; no bandannas;
• A pair of prescription glasses;
• Ten Photographs, no larger than 8” by 10”; photos may be shown to the prisoner, but must be taken out by the visitor at the end of the visit; photos cannot be Polaroid and may not include any sexual or gang images; photos will be viewed by staff during processing;
• Documents up to 10 pages, no larger than 8-1/2” by 11” (standard size typing paper); usually such documents will be either papers for the prisoner’s signature (for example, tax forms), information to share with the prisoner (for example, pages showing classes available through a correspondence course), or family papers (for example, a child’s report card, certificate of achievement, or drawing), but they can be anything that can be sent to the prisoner through the mail. Documents will be viewed and read by staff during processing and must be taken out by the visitor at the end of the visit;

If you have an infant or toddler
• The following baby items are allowed when bringing in an infant or toddler: any combination of two factory-sealed single serving size, ready to feed
bottles of baby formula or two transparent plastic baby bottles either empty or containing pre-mixed formula/milk/juice/water; three non-glass containers of baby food in sealed packaging; one plastic spoon; six disposable diapers; one sealed package of baby wipes; one change of clothing; one small blanket; two searchable small toys; one transparent pacifier; one burp cloth; baby carrier; and clear plastic diaper bag (12” by 20”);
• Inclement weather gear that may include hoods, raincoats, hats, scarves, and gloves during the winter or sun hats during the summer. [Note: Prisons still vary on inclement weather gear; it is recommended you check prior to your visit.]

I. Medical Items Allowed
If you have a need to bring in items relating to a medical condition, you must have documentation from your doctor as to its need. The documentation must include the doctor’s name, address, telephone number, and medical license number and must be updated every two years. With such verification as to its medical necessity, the following are allowed:
• Prescription medications that are life-sustaining or condition-stabilizing, such as inhalers or nitroglycerin; medications must be in the original pharmacy container with the patient’s name, the pharmacy name, and the doctor’s name, as well as the medication’s name. Quantities of medication are limited to what may be needed during the visit.
• 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.
• Hats with documentation that they are medically necessary.
• Seat cushions or backs with documentation that they are medically necessary.
• If you have an implant or prosthetic device that includes metal and will set off the metal detector, you must have documentation from a doctor specifying the nature and location of the implant or device. With such documentation, staff will use a wand to sweep your body instead of the metal detector to ensure security.

General Directions:

From San Francisco:

Take south-bound Highway 101 for 120 miles
Exit to Correctional Training Facility (located between the cities of Gonzales and Soledad)
Turn left at the bridge and enter institution grounds

From Sacramento:

Take south-bound I-5 for 220 miles
Exit west-bound on Highway 152
Exit south-bound Highway 101
Exit to Correctional Training Facility (located between the cities of Gonzales and Soledad)
Turn left at the bridge and enter institution grounds

From Los Angeles:

Take north-bound Highway 101 for 230 miles
Exit to Correctional Training Facility (located between the cities of Gonzales and Soledad)
Turn right at the bridge and enter institution grounds

NOTE TO ALL VISITORS: The building behind the flag pole is the Entrance Building that processes CTF visitors.

For additional information, visit this link (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Highway+101+North,+Soledad,+CA+93960&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=36.315864,82.089844&ie=UTF8&ll=36.4702,-121.383905&spn=0.009007,0.020041&t=h&z=15&om=0) to customize your driving directions.

07-12-2011, 11:47 AM
Friends on the Outside (http://friendsoutside.org/default.htm)

For over 50 years,
Friends Outside has been providing services to
incarcerated and reentering people, their families and communities.

A Brief History of Friends Outside

Established in 1955 by Rosemary Goodenough, a Quaker and tireless advocate for social justice, incarcerated people and their children and families, Friends Outside has over 55 years of experience working inside institutions and with families and children of incarcerated individuals. Our fundamental principles today are still firmly rooted in the Quaker philosophy from which they were born dating back to the eighteenth century.

It was the height of the civil rights movement during an era when ideas and norms were being challenged; there was a growing awareness that huge groups of society were excluded and needed to be brought into the community. A small but passionate group drove a social justice cause that, over the next 50 years, produced programs and services that have made a significant impact on incarcerated people, their families and children.

El Puente
Correctional Training Facility & SVSP
154 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93909
(831) 678-1236

They are located on the prison grounds, here you can seek shelter if you are waiting for someone to come out from visiting.
Get a change of clothing if what you are wearing is not allowable.

If you want to donate clothing or games and books for the visiting rooms
here is where you can drop them off for them to be submitted to the prison

07-12-2011, 11:57 AM
Inmate Mailing Adress

Address to send money

Inmate Name, CDC #
Housing assignment, bunk #
Correctional Training Facility
P.O. Box 686
Soledad, CA 93960-0686
Inmate name, CDC #
Housing assignment, bunk #
Correctional Training Facility
P.O. Box 686
Soledad, CA 93960-0686

How to Send Money
There are four ways to send money: personal check, cashier's check, money order, and electronic funds transfer (EFT). Cash, traveler checks, and foreign currency are not accepted. See below for further explanation.

Checks & Money Orders
All checks and money orders should be sent by mail to the institution where the inmate is currently located; refer to the specific institution's webpage for the mailing address. The inmate's name and CDCR number, along with the sender's name and address is required on all checks and money orders.

NOTE: Personal checks are held for 30 days before being deposited into the inmate's account.

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
You may also send money electronically through one of the following companies:

JPay at: www.jpay.com (http://www.jpay.com/)
Access Secure Deposits at www.inmatedeposits.com (http://www.inmatedeposits.com/)
TouchPay at: www.cainmatedeposit.com (http://cainmatedeposit.com/)
Western Union at: www.westernunion.com (http://www.westernunion.com/)

Items you CAN send
Paper - (writing paper, writing tablets, blank envelopes, pencils, etc.) may not be received by mail at this institution. Stationary is available for purchase through the canteen.
Postal Stamps - 2 books per envelope (no personalized stamps)
Envelopes - 40 white may be pre-stamped from the post office (no peel and stick)
Photos - 10 per mailing, must have CDC# and last name of inmate ( No Polaroid, nudity, no larger than 8x10)
Greeting cards (plain, no foil, glitter, metal springs, etc.)
Letters - no lipstick kisses, perfume
Internet Printouts - 5 sheets per mailing
Magazines, News Paper Subscriptions and paperback books- must be shipped from the vendor
Money Orders

Items you CANNOT

third party mail,
magazines, books, catalogs, newspapers,
maps within a ten mile radius of this institution,
pens, pencils, posters, confetti,
lottery tickets,
trading cards, ID cards, musical cards, credit cards, phones cards, cardboard, address books,
computer software,
anything larger than 8 x 11 inches,
gang related material, tattoo patterns, drugs etc.... or any given item which may threaten the safety and security of this institution.

Quarterly Packages/Special order purchases

January 1st through March 31st
April 1st through June 31st
July 1st through September 31st
October 1st though December 31st

Quarterly packages are any food, clothing, and toiletries there is no Dollar restriction just weight. Total package weight is 30 lbs, this includes the packing 450 ounces of product and 30 ounces for packing material

Special order purchases - This is for TV's, Radios, Guitars, Typewriters things that would typically take up the weight limit for a regular quarterly package.

Access Securepak
P. O. Box 50028
Sparks, NV 89435-0028
Ph: (800) 546-6283
www.californiaqp.com (http://www.californiaqp.com/)

1774 Industrial Way
Napa CA 94558
Ph: (800) 660-9255
https://walkenhorsts.com (https://walkenhorsts.com/)
Mikes Better Shoes
1252 Berlin-Haddonfield Road
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Ph: (800) 431-1911
www.mikesbettershoes.com (http://www.mikesbettershoes.com/)

Music by Mail
129 31st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Ph: (718) 369-6982
Packages R Us
2648 East Workman Ave. #424
West Covina, CA 91791
Ph: (866) 303-7787
www.packagesrus.com (http://www.packagesrus.com/)

Union Supply Direct
P.O. Box 7006
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220-7006
Ph: (866) 404-8989
www.CaliforniaInmatePackage.com (http://www.californiainmatepackage.com/)

The Vitamin Outlet
Fitness Systems Mfg. Corp.
P.O. Box 2073
Sinking Spring, PA 19608
Ph: (800) 822-9995
Yellow Ribbon Online
580 N. Beach Street
Fort Worth, TX 76111
Ph: (866) 959-7426
www.yellowribbononline.com (http://www.yellowribbononline.com/)

07-12-2011, 12:14 PM
Lodging Information

Best Western Valley Harvest Inn
(831) 678-3833
1155 Front St, Soledad, CA
Soledad Motel 8
(831) 678-3814
1013 Front St, Soledad,CA
Paraiso Hot Springs Resort
(831) 678-2882
34358 Paraiso Springs Rd, Soledad, CA
Motel Budget Inn
(831) 674-5828
452 El Camino Real, Greenfield, CA (7.7 miles)
Travel Inn
(831) 674-5816
120 El Camino Real, Greenfield, CA (8.14 miles)
Lamp Lighter Motel
(831) 675-3691
250 S Alta St, Gonzales, CA (8.7 miles)
Pinnacles Campground
(831) 389-4462
2400 Highway 146, Paicines, CA (12.68 miles)


Fish & Chips
(831) 678-4400
3034 De La Rosa Sr # H
Soledad, CA 93960
(831) 678-1453
1215 Front St
Soledad, CA 93960
Round Table Pizza
(831) 678-8700
2135 H Dela Rosa Sr St
Soledad, CA 93960
(831) 678-0199
3070 H Dela Rosa Sr St
Soledad, CA 93960

Subway Sandwiches & Salads
(831) 678-0110
3016 H Dela Rosa Sr St
Soledad, CA 93960
Mariscos Puerto Nuevo
(831) 678-9234
3022 H Dela Rosa Sr St
Soledad, CA 93960
China One Restaurant
(831) 678-1800
3040 H Dela Rosa Sr St
Soledad, CA 93960
Carl's Jr
(831) 678-2880
1000 Front St
Soledad, CA 93960