California houses 13 stand-alone federal prisons and 8 federal prisons camps. Each of these California federal prisons is overseen by the Western Regional Office. In total, 11,235 inmates are housed inside federal prisons in California.

California Federal Prisons | Federal Prisons in California

California Federal Prisons by Security Level

High-Security Federal Prisons in California

  • USP Atwater (Atwater, CA)
  • USP Victorville (Victorville, CA)

 

Medium-Security Federal Prisons in California

  • FCI Herlong (Herlong, CA)
  • FCI Mendota (Mendota, CA)
  • USP Lompoc (Lompoc, CA)
  • FCI Victorville Medium 1 (Victorville, CA)
  • FCI Victorville Medium 1 (Victorville, CA)

 

Low-Security Federal Prisons in California

  • FCI Dublin (Dublin, CA)
  • FCI Lompoc (Lompoc, CA)
  • FCI Terminal Island (Terminal Island, CA)

 

Minimum-Security Federal Prisons in California

  • USP Atwater Camp (Atwater, CA)
  • FCI Dublin Camp (Dublin, CA)
  • FCI Herlong Camp (Herlong, CA)
  • USP Lompoc Camp (Lompoc, CA)
  • FCI Lompoc Camp (Lompoc, CA)
  • FCI Mendota Camp (Mendota, CA)
  • FCI Victorville Camp (Victorville, CA)

 

Administrative Security Federal Prisons in California

  • MDC Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • MCC San Diego (San Diego, CA)

 

Private Prisons in California

  • CI Taft Low (Taft, CA)
  • CI Taft Camp (Taft, CA)

 

Federal Prisons in California

USP Atwater

United States Penitentiary Atwater (FCI Atwater) is a high-security level federal prison located in Atwater, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. USP Atwater is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 947 male inmates.

 

USP Atwater Camp

United States Penitentiary Atwater Camp (FCI Atwater Camp) is a minimum-security level federal prison located in Atwater, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. USP Atwater Camp is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 107 male inmates.

 

FCI Dublin

Federal Correctional Institution Dublin (FCI Dublin) is a low-security level federal prison located in Dublin, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. FCI Dublin is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 837 female inmates.

 

FCI Dublin Camp

Federal Correctional Institution Dublin Camp (FCI Dublin Camp) is a minimum-security level federal prison located in Dublin, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. FCI Dublin Camp is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 149 male inmates.

 

FCI Herlong

Federal Correctional Institution Herlong (FCI Herlong) is a medium-security level federal prison located in Herlong, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. FCI Herlong is a Medical Care Level 1 prison. It houses male inmates. It houses 888 male inmates.

 

FCI Herlong Camp

Federal Correctional Institution Herlong Camp (FCI Herlong Camp) is a minimum-security level federal prison located in Herlong, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. FCI Herlong Camp is a Medical Care Level 1 prison. It houses 62 male inmates.

 

USP Lompoc

United States Penitentiary Lompoc (FCI Lompoc) is a medium-security level federal prison located in Lompoc, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. USP Lompoc is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 1,081 male inmates.

 

USP Lompoc Camp

United States Penitentiary Lompoc Camp (FCI Lompoc Camp) is a minimum-security level federal prison located in Lompoc, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. USP Lompoc Camp is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 140 male inmates.

 

FCI Lompoc

Federal Correctional Institution Lompoc (FCI Lompoc) is a low-security level federal prison located in Lompoc, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. FCI Lompoc is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 964 male inmates.

 

FCI Lompoc Camp

Federal Correctional Institution Lompoc Camp (FCI Lompoc Camp) is a minimum-security level federal prison located in Lompoc, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. FCI Lompoc Camp is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 300 male inmates.

 

MDC Los Angeles

Metropolitan Detention Center Los Angeles (MDC Los Angeles) is an administrative-security-level federal prison located in Los Angeles, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. MDC Los Angeles is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 553 male and female inmates.

 

FCI Mendota

Federal Correctional Institution Mendota (FCI Mendota) is a medium-security level federal prison located in Mendota, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. FCI Mendota is a Medical Care Level 1 prison. It houses 723 male inmates.

 

FCI Mendota Camp

Federal Correctional Institution Mendota Camp (FCI Mendota Camp) is a minimum-security level federal prison located in Mendota, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. FCI Mendota Camp is a Medical Care Level 1 prison. It houses 112 male inmates.

 

MCC San Diego

Metropolitan Correctional Center San Diego (MCC San Diego) is an administrative-security-level federal prison located in San Diego, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. MCC San Diego is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 668 male and female inmates.

 

CI Taft

Correctional Institution Taft (CI Taft) is a low-security level private prison located in Taft, California. It is a private prison operated by Management & Training Corporation. It houses male inmates.

 

CI Taft Camp

Correctional Institution Taft Camp (CI Taft Camp) is a minimum-security level private prison located in Taft, California. It is a private prison operated by Management & Training Corporation. It houses male inmates.

 

FCI Terminal Island

Federal Correctional Institution Terminal Island (FCI Terminal Island) is a low-security level federal prison located in San Pedro, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. FCI Terminal Island is a Medical Care Level 2/3 prison. It houses 959 male inmates.

 

USP Victorville

United States Penitentiary Victorville (FCI Victorville) is a high-security level federal prison located in Victorville, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. USP Victorville is a Medical Care Level 2/3 prison. It houses 1,156 male inmates.

 

FCI Victorville Medium 1

Federal Correctional Institution Victorville Medium 1 (FCI Victorville Medium 1) is a medium-security level federal prison located in Victorville, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. FCI Victorville Medium 1 is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 1,107 male inmates.

 

FCI Victorville Medium 2

Federal Correctional Institution Victorville Medium 2 (FCI Victorville Medium 2) is a medium-security level federal prison located in Victorville, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. FCI Victorville Medium 2 is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 1,201 male inmates.

 

FCI Victorville Camp

Federal Correctional Institution Victorville Camp (FCI Victorville Camp) is a minimum-security level federal prison located in Victorville, California. It is overseen by the Western Regional Office. FCI Victorville Camp is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 210 female inmates.

 

List of California Federal Prisons

Large in both area and population, the Golden State is also home to numerous penal institutions. There are 13 stand-alone federal prisons in California and eight federal prison camps. By clicking on the below links, you will be taken to each facility’s detailed profile, where you can learn about specific facility offerings, information, and contact details.

 

United States Penitentiary, Atwater is a high-security facility for male inmates in Merced County, California. Occupying land once part of the Castle Air Force Base, the facility is 130 miles from San Francisco. USP Atwater also features a minimum-security camp for nonviolent male offenders with less than ten years remaining on their sentences. Whereas the high-security portion of the prison is heavily regimented, inmates at the camp have more privileges and freedom of movement.

 

Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin is a low-security institution in Alameda County, California, that houses female inmates. The institution also contains a minimum-security satellite prison camp for female offenders. It is situated 20 miles southeast of Oakland in the Parks Reserve Forces Training Area. It opened in 1974 and served inmates of both sexes at that time. However, it is now the only federal prisons in California and one of just five federal facilities in the United States explicitly designated for female offenders. Adjacent to FCI Dublin is an administrative detention facility for male detainees and inmates and a minimum-security satellite prison camp for females.

 

Federal Correctional Institution, Herlong is located in Lassen County near Herlong, California. Situated in the northeastern part of the state near the Nevada border, it opened in 2007. The facility is approximately 60 miles northwest of Reno, Nevada, and 190 miles northeast of Sacramento, California. Besides the medium-security prison, there is also a minimum-security satellite camp for nonviolent male inmates.

 

United States Penitentiary, Lompoc is a medium-security facility for male inmates in Santa Barbara County, 175 miles northwest of Los Angeles, California. It is part of the Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex and, at one time, was used as a military barracks for Camp Cook. In addition to medium-security housing, USP Lompoc has a Special Housing Unit (SHU), where inmates are sent for administrative or disciplinary reasons. The complex also contains two minimum-security prison camps, USP Lompoc Camp and FCI Lompoc Camp, for nonviolent inmates with less than ten years to serve on their sentences.

 

Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc is a low-security facility for male inmates located in the Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex. It is approximately 175 miles northwest of Los Angeles, California, and is adjacent to the Vandenberg Air Force Base. Housing consists of four units, two of which are dormitory-style. As with other California federal prisons, this facility provides all offenders with mental and physical health services. Additionally, educational, vocational training, and self-improvement groups are provided, designed to make re-entry into the outside world more successful.

 

Metropolitan Detention Center, Los Angeles, is an administrative facility in downtown Los Angeles, California, just two blocks from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. It houses males and females of all security levels, many of whom are awaiting trial. Other inmates serve out short sentences here or are otherwise part of the work cadre. While at MDC Los Angeles, inmates have access to substance abuse and educational programs.

 

Federal Correctional Institution, Mendota is a medium-security prison for male inmates located in Fresno County near the town of Mendota, California. Situated in the central part of the state, it is 36 miles west of Fresno. FCI Mendota opened in 2012 and also contains a minimum-security satellite prison camp for nonviolent male offenders. Inmates live in cells and have access to common areas for bathing and recreation. Like everyone incarcerated in California federal prisons, inmates must hold jobs and are encouraged to participate in educational and vocational programs.

 

Metropolitan Correctional Center, San Diego holds male and female inmates of all security levels, many of whom are awaiting trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Other inmates remain here until they complete brief sentences. This 23-story building houses over 1,000 detainees and inmates. While at the facility, inmates can take advantage of educational and substance abuse support programs.

 

Correctional Institution, Taft is a low-security private prison operated by the Management & Training Corporation. It is under contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Located in Taft, California, and under the purview of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Opened on August 20, 1997, CI Taft primarily houses deportable aliens. The facility also has an adjacent minimum-security prison camp, Taft Prison Camp.

 

Federal Correctional Institution, Terminal Island is a low-security facility for male inmates. Located in Los Angeles at the entrance to Los Angeles Harbor, it opened in 1938. All inmates are required to complete a GED before their release and, unless medically exempt, must maintain a job within the prison. It should be noted that this is the case for all males and females incarcerated in federal prisons in California.

 

United States Penitentiary, Victorville is a high-security facility for male inmates. Located in Victorville, California, as part of the Victorville Federal Correctional Complex, it occupies land that once belonged to the George Air Force Base. The facility is approximately 85 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. USP Victorville contains six V-shaped housing units, several guard towers, and double-electrical fencing and guarded exterior walls. Inmates live in two-man cells. Three offenders may be required to live in a two-person cell in the SHU if overcrowding occurs, or they are pending transfer elsewhere while on holdover status.

 

Federal Correctional Institution, Victorville Medium I is part of the Victorville Federal Prison Complex, which was once owned by the George Air Force Base. It is located 85 miles northwest of Los Angeles, California. While incarcerated at FCI Victorville, inmates are assigned to a prison work detail. They are also encouraged to participate in educational, vocational, and enrichment programs designed to enhance their physical and mental health and smooth their eventual transition to the outside world upon their release.

 

Federal Correctional Institution, Victorville Medium II is a medium-security federal prison for male inmates in Victorville, California. Inmates are housed in two-person cells. Adjacent to FCI Victorville Medium II is a minimum-security satellite camp for nonviolent female inmates. Inmates at the medium have access to various educational, vocational, substance abuse, and recreational opportunities.

 

Wikipedia Pages About Each Prison

You can also learn more about each of these California federal prisons on the following Wikipedia pages. Please note that while these pages can provide a decent background on each of these facilities, our federal prison profiles provide more comprehensive and trustworthy information about each facility.