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.
Central California Women's Facility
2295 West Cleveland Avenue, Suite C#125
Madera, CA 93637
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