Taft Correctional Institution | Taft Prison

Taft Correctional Institution, also known as Taft prison, is a low-security federal prison located in Taft, California. The facilities house male prisoners. The federal prison camp is a minimum-security prison camp that houses male inmates. It is located next to the main institution.

Taft Correctional Institution Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Correctional Institution Taft
1500 Cadet Road
Taft, CA 93268

Phone: 661-763-2510
Fax: 661-765-3034
Email: TAF/[email protected]

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Inmate Correspondence Address

Correctional Institution Taft

Inmate Name and Registration Number
CI Taft
Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 7001
Taft, CA 93268

Taft Federal Prison Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
CI Taft
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 7001
Taft, CA 93268

How to Send Money

Inmates cannot receive funds directly. Funds can be deposited via U.S. Mail. To do so, send a money order with the inmate’s name and registration number to the following address:

[Last Name, First Name]
[Inmate Registration Number]
P.O. Box 7001
Taft, CA 93268

Funds can also be sent via JPay or call 1-800-574-5729.

Taft Prison Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Main: Low-Security Federal Prison; Camp: Minimum-Security Prison

Facility Location

CI Taft is in Eastern California, 47 miles west of Bakersfield. The security facility is located in Kern County, California.

BOP Region

Western Region (WXR)

BOP Institution Code

TAF for Taft Correctional Institution

Judicial District

Eastern District of California

Medical Care Level

Information is not available. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.

Mental Health Care Level

Information is not available.

Population Number

Taft prison houses approximately 2,000 federal inmates.

Taft Correctional Institution Prison Services Information

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Taft federal prison opened in 1997. It is a private prison that is owned and operated by the Management & Training Corporation. It has a prison contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to house federal offenders.

The main facility houses low-security male prisoners. Taft prison camp houses minimum-security male inmates. Offenders at the camp are eligible for community work assignments.

Inmate Housing

Inmates are housed in dormitories, which are divided into cubicles.

Health Services

Health Services at Correctional Institution Taft include routine medical, dental, and mental health services to all inmates. Diagnostic physical and medical exams and dental evaluations are provided. Inmates must submit a sick call form to receive routine care. Emergency care is available 24 hours a day.

Psychology Services

Mental health services, including telepsychiatry, among other services, are available at CI Taft. Inmates can participate in treatment groups.

Treatment groups include Choice and Change, Victim Impact, Anger Management, and Thinking for Good. Man in the Mirror, Breaking the Cycle, Cage Your Rage, Those Outspoken, and Freedom from Drugs are also available. Psychology Department staff also offer other specialized group therapies and counseling.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

Taft federal prison does not offer the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). However, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are available. Foundations for a Drug-Free World and additional substance abuse programs are available as well.

Taft Federal Prison Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

CI Taft provides GED, English-as-a-second Language (ESL) Programs, and Adult Basic Education (ABE). INEA, VT Math, parenting, computer, and truck driving courses are also available. High school diplomas, career certificates, and college degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education

Taft Correctional Institution offers a variety of programs.

Vocational Training

CI Taft offers vocational training in Culinary Arts, NCCER, Open Office Computer Apps, ServSafe, Truck Driving, and Wheels for the World.

Apprenticeship Training

Taft prison does not offer any apprenticeship programs

Library Services

Inmates at CI Taft have access to both leisure and law libraries. In the leisure library, inmates can check out fiction and nonfiction books, newspapers, and magazines. In the law library, inmates can conduct legal research and litigate prison rights issues in state and federal courts.


Taft Correctional Institution does not house a UNICOR facility.


Taft federal prison inmates have access to a commissary where they can shop once a week on their designated shopping day. Inmates can purchase various items, such as food, snacks, drinks, clothing, and limited electronics. A monthly spending limit of $360.00 is imposed.

Recreational Services

Indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities are available at Taft Correctional Institution. Indoor leisure activities include hobby crafts, leather crafting, and other art and craft projects. Outdoor activities include a variety of individual exercise and group sporting activities.

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Visitation Information for Taft Correctional Institution

Taft Prison Visitation Information

Visitation is conducted Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Taft Federal Prison Camp Visitation Information

Visitation at FCI prison camp is between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m, Sundays, Fridays, and Saturdays. On federal holidays visitation is held between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Directions to CI Taft

Taft Correcitonal Institution in the News

On April 10, 2020, Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Senator Dianne Feinstein issued a letter to Taft prison officials regarding plans to transfer inmates. The prison initially decided to move hundreds of inmates and close the facility to conduct repairs. Congressman McCarthy and Senator Feinstein raised concerns that this decision was shortsighted considering the COVID-19 pandemic.

In March 2014, prison staff member Ramon Cano was indicted. He was charged with accepting bribes and possession and intent to distribute heroin and meth. The Department of Justice issued a press release stating Cano received a 30-month prison sentence for his crimes.

More Information About Taft Correctional Institution

For a comprehensive look at life in federal prison, pick up a copy of Christopher Zoukis’ Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons. For more detailed information about Taft Correctional Institution, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.