Taft Correctional Institution

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Taft Correctional Institution
Prison Code: TAF
Prison Type: Correctional Institution
Region: Western Region
State: California
Security Level: Low

Contact Information

Below is the street address and mailing address for Taft Correctional Institution. Use the mailing address if you are going to send a letter or package to an inmate at Taft Correctional Institution, and be sure to use the physical address if you need to know the location of the prison.

Mailing Address

Be sure to also read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information on this page if you are going to send something to an inmate so that you correctly write the address, and do the right procedure for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct steps, the package or letter could get sent back.

CI Taft
Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 7001
Taft CA, 93268

Street Address / Prison Location

Use the street address if you are visiting a prisoner. Be sure to also read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule information below if you are going to visit someone in prison at Taft Correctional Institution.

Taft Correctional Institution
1500 Cadet Road
Taft CA, 93268

Phone Number

Prisoners don’t have telephones, so you won’t be able to call inmates, however, there are times when it might be necessary to know the telephone number to the prison.

(661) 763-2510

Fax Number

Inmates don’t have faxes, so you can’t fax inmates, but there are some times when it might be necessary to know the fax number to the prison.

(661) 765-3034 

Email Address

This email address is the main email for the prison. You can’t reach inmates at this email. If you need to email a prisoner, check out the Inmate Email information below.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   1,768 

Inmate Email

To send an email message to a prisoner at Taft Federal Prison you must follow an exact process to ensure that the email message gets to the prisoner.

TRULINCS – Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System

Federal prisoners are allowed to emails only from persons listed on their approved contact list. An federal prisoner has to make a request to recieve and send email messages with someone by placing them into their contact list.

Every email is subject to monitoring. prisoners give consent to email monitoring when they join the email program. Family and friends of the inmate must consent to being monitored when they agree to correspondence with the prisoner and are notified every time that they get an email from the prisoner.

When a person is added to an inmates contact list they will get an email notification which sends them to the CorrLink system at www.corrlink.com.
CorrLink Inmate Email System

Emails may not endanger the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison. Also, emails should not be longer than 13,000 characters. Emails that don’t follow these rules will not get sent.

Inmate Internet Access

Prisoners do not have access to the web.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain procedures that you must follow when sending mail to a inmate. If you don’t then the mail might not get delivered.

Before you send anything, make sure to read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Taft Federal Prison officials do open and inspect and read all received general mail and packages. Received general mail and packages may be read as frequently as is deemed necessary to keep safety and security or watch problems having to do with inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Shown here is the correct format for how you need to address a letter or package to a federal prisoner at Taft Federal Prison:

CI Taft
Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 7001
Taft CA, 93268

To read the entire Bureau of Prisons Policy on Correnspondence, go to: Bureau of Prisons – Correnspondence Policy

Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary which was created to provide inmates a bank type account for inmate funds and for purchasing things not issued by the Bureau of Prisons.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people can add money to these Commissary accounts using the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can to send prisoners money in the mail and must send funds to this address and follow the steps listed below:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Insert Valid Committed Inmate Name
Insert Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

The deposit have to be in the form of a money order that is made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is best if you use a U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be kept for a 15-day hold period, in which the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return any funds that don’t have valid prisoner info if the envelope has an adequate return address. Cash and checks cannot be deposited to the prisoner’s account so do not send any cash or checks.

Via Western Union Quick Collect Program: Prisoner’s friends and family may also send prisoners money using Western Union’s Quick Collect Program. Money sent to a prisoner using the Western Union Quick Collect Program can be sent via one of these methods:

  1. At an agent location using cash. In order to locate the closest agent, you should call 1-800-325-6000 or go to www.westernunion.com.
  2. On the phone with a credit or debit card: Call 1-800-634-3422 and select phone promt option 2.
  3. On the web with a credit/debit card: Visit www.westernunion.com and choose “Quick Collect.”

For every Western Union Quick Collect transaction, this info must be included:

  1. Correct Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number (entered with no spaces or dashes) followed immediately by Inmate’s Last Name
  2. Committed Inmate Full Name entered on Attention Line
  3. Code City: FBOP, DC

If the wrong register number and/or name are used and accepted and sent to that federal inmate, funds might not be returned.

For additional info about how to send an inmate money, go to the official Bureau of Prisons website:
Bureau of Prisons – Inmate Money

Inmate Locator

Prisoners are frequently moved to different correctional facilities around the nation, so you might need to locate the location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Follow the link here to locate an inmate.
Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Visiting hours are from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as every federally recognized holiday.

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every federal prison has its own rules for prisoner visitation and these rules get changed often. The rules listed below could be out of date when you are reading this, so make sure to also go to the prison’s website to find the most recent visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The visitation guard will make sure each visitor signs the prison visitors log upon entering the prison and upon departure.

Identification Required

Photo id of all visitors is required. Acceptable forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state issued photo ID is OK.

For all of the things shown below, go to the official prison facility website as this info is changed frequently:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

To read the entire Taft Federal Prison Visitation Policy click here: Visitation Procedures

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Looking for a correctional facility job? Do you have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison facility before?

If so, click here: Taft Correctional Institution Jobs


The official website: Taft Correctional Institution Website

Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Taft Correctional Institution

Have you ever been incarcerated in Taft Correctional Institution? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Taft Correctional Institution?

If yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write about your experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

Things you can put in your comment:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Guards and prison staff
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gang activity
  • Inmate programs and activities

If you are an inmate at this facility, include your address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.


  1. Ailina says:

    Does anyone have the commissary list for Taft CI? Thanks!

  2. Jacqueline D. says:

    Went to see my brother in Soledad and they say he’s moved to Taft . I can’t find him !!!! What do I do ?

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