California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison – Corcoran

The California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison - Corcoran, (SATF) is a male-only state prison located in Corcoran, California. This facility is for inmates who have addiction issues, and it was opened after studies showed that the CDCR’s in-prison substance abuse treatment programs had little or no impact on recidivism.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reorganized the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and named a new head of its Division of Addiction and Recovery Services in response to the studies.

This facility has a capacity of 3,424 inmates, but currently houses more than 5,000 inmates. It houses prisoners of various security levels and sits on 280 acres.

The Level II housing features open dormitories with secure perimeter fences, Level III housing features individual cells, fenced perimeters and armed coverage, and the Level IV housing features cells, fenced or walled perimeters, electronic security, more staff and armed officers.

One of the most famous former inmates at SATF is Avengers star Robert Downey Jr., who entered the facility in August 1999 to serve a three-year sentence after he violated his parole that stemmed from a 1996 drug conviction.

In August 2000, he was released early because he received credit for time served on related misdemeanor charges, and for time already served in drug rehabilitation programs.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

SATF has visiting hours on Saturdays, Sundays, and four holidays during each calendar year (New Year’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day). Visits usually begin between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and end by 3:00 p.m.

To get more information about the visiting process at SATF, you can call the 800 Visitors’ Information number (800-374-8474) and follow the directions given, or visit the CDCR website www.cdcr.ca.gov and click on Prisons and then California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran..

The 800 Visitors’ Information number and website will provide information on lockdowns, medical quarantines, or other circumstances affecting visiting, addresses, and directions to the prison.

When you visit an inmate at SATF, you must follow the established regulations and policies. If you don’t, it may result in a warning or termination, suspension, or revocation of your visiting privileges.

To answer all of the questions you might have about visiting an inmate at SATF, the CDCR has put together a detailed Visitation Guidebook. We highly recommend that you read through all 28 pages, so you understand what to expect when you visit an inmate, as well as what is expected of you.

We also recommend that you schedule a visit in advance online using the VPASS system. This will reduce your wait time when you arrive at the prison for a visit, and it will also guarantee you a spot in the visiting room. For inmates who are only allowed non-contact visits, you must use this system to schedule a visit.

Getting Approved for a Visit

Before visiting an inmate at SATF- or any other California state prison - you must first get on the approved visiting list. Start by asking the prisoner you wish to visit to mail you a signed visitor questionnaire. They must sign the questionnaire before mailing it to you because their signature is their consent to add you to their visiting list.

Be sure to fill out the questionnaire completely and accurately. The CDCR will conduct a background check for arrests and convictions when processing the application, and if you are not truthful on your questionnaire you will be denied.

  • Mail the completed questionnaire to:

California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran
Visiting Sergeant
PO Box 7100
Corcoran, CA 93212-7100

Once you are approved to visit, the prison will notify the inmate, and it is their job to notify you. You will be listed in the CDCR computer as being an approved visitor for that specific prisoner, and you do not need to bring any proof of approval with you to the prison on the day of your visit.

If you are denied, the prison will send you a letter giving the reason for disapproval, and the prisoner will also receive notice, but will not be given the reason.

General Visiting Rules

Most inmates are in general population, and they are allowed contact visits. At a contact visit, the prisoner is allowed to sit together with their visitors in a large visiting room, and they may have limited physical contact.

Contact visits are restricted to five visitors at a time.

Inmates in ADSEG or Intake are only allowed non-contact visits, which take place in a separate visiting room, and the inmates and visitors are separated by a glass partition. You must have an appointment for a non-contact visit.

All adults must have photo identification when being processed to visit.

Visitors are required to follow all rules, regulations, and laws while on institution grounds. You and your possessions will be searched before you are allowed to visit.

You must also go through a metal detector, and the items you bring will go through an X-ray machine.

You must fill out a pass each time you visit an inmate. The pass will require:

  • the prisoner’s name and CDCR number
  • your relationship to the prisoner (spouse, mother, friend, etc.)
  • your name and address
  • your signature

If you are bringing in minor children, you must list the names of the children on the pass. The completed pass is then submitted to staff, and they will check the prisoner’s file to make sure you are on their approved list, and that the prisoner is eligible to visit on that day.

The pass, along with your identification, is your “key” to get into and out of the prison.

The only items allowed into a visit without prior approval are:

  • A $50 limit per adult and $20 limit per minor; only as dollar bills, dollar coins, and quarters
  • A small (generally 6” by 8”) clear, plastic purse or bag
  • Two keys on a ring with no other attachments
  • Identification
  • 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. No Polaroids. No sexual or gang images
  • Ten pages of documents, no larger than 8-1/2” by 11”

Visiting rooms have vending machines stocked with food and beverages that you can purchase for yourself and the inmate. You may not bring any food or beverage from the outside into the prison.

Dress Code

There are restrictions on what you may wear to a prison, and you can read all of the details in the Inmate Visiting Guide. In general, there are four rules to remember:

1. Do not wear clothing that resembles the clothing that prisoners wear (Blue denim pants, Blue chambray shirts, Orange jumpsuits, or Orange tops with Orange bottoms)

2. Do not wear clothing that resembles what custodial staff wear (Forest green pants, Tan shirts, or Camouflage)

3. Dress conservatively and modestly

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)

Physical Address

900 Quebec Avenue
Corcoran, CA 93212

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/KgZMKctHH8ZTnDZZ9

General Phone Number

​(559) 992-7100

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran
Inmate's name and CDCR number
A Facility
PO Box 5248
Corcoran, CA 93212-5248

California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran
Inmate's name and CDCR number
B Facility
PO Box 5248
Corcoran, CA 93212-5248

California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran
Inmate's name and CDCR number
C Facility
PO Box 5246
Corcoran, CA 93212-5246

California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran
Inmate's name and CDCR number
D Facility
PO Box 5242
Corcoran, CA 93212-5242

California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran
Inmate's name and CDCR number
E Facility
PO Box 5242
Corcoran, CA 93212-5242

California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran
Inmate's name and CDCR number
F Facility
PO Box 5244
Corcoran, CA 93212-5244

California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran
Inmate's name and CDCR number
G Facility
PO Box 5244
Corcoran, CA 93212-5244

How to Call an Inmate

Unfortunately, you can’t call prisoners directly, they must call you. The prisoners have access to phones that make collect calls to a landline or cell phone. 

You are responsible for paying for the calls. Calling cards cannot be used. For complete details on how to call an inmate in California, please click here.

How to Send Money

To send money to an inmate first:

3 Ways of Sending Money:

  1. Lock Box
  2. EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer)
  3. Mail funds directly to the institution
To get complete details about sending money to an inmate at SATF, click here.

​Programs For ​Inmates

  • Prison Industry Authority (PIA): Food & Beverage Packaging
  • Vocational: Air conditioning and refrigeration; auto body; auto transmission; auto tune-up; building maintenance; electrical works; electronics; masonry; office services; plumbing; small engine repair; welding
  • Academic: Adult Basic Education I, II and III/GED; Behavior Management Unit (BMU); Developmental Disability Program (DDP); Disability Placement Program (DPP); Independent Study; Literacy Lab
  • Religious services
  • Drug Treatment/Diversion
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Arts in Corrections
  • Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Sex Offenderes
  • Long-term offender program
  • Cognitive behavioral treatment in Anger Management, Criminal Thinking, Family Relationships, Substance Use Disorder Treatment

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