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California State Prison, Los Angeles County - Lancaster

Facility Location Inmates*
Designed Capacity Inmates
California State Prison, Los Angeles County 44750 W 60th St, Lancaster 93536
(661) 729-2000
2,300 2,682 males

* As of November 1, 2023.

Source: California Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Inmate Locator (Adult Inmates Only). Or call (916) 445-6713. A date of birth will be required if the inmate has a common name.

California State Prison-Los Angeles County in Lancaster, opened in 1993, is the first and only state prison located in Los Angeles County.

On December 31, 2011, the Southern Youth Correctional Reception Center & Clinic, managed by the Division of Juvenile Justice, and located at 13200 South Bloomfield Avenue in Norwalk, was closed. It had been designed to house 350 juvenile wards for the state. There are no juvenile facilities managed by the state currently in Los Angeles County.

Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility, Whittier
In June 2004, the California Youth Authority (now part of California Department of Corrections) closed Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility in Whittier (11850 East Whittier Boulevard). Just before it closed, it had been the oldest juvenile facility in California. The institution was first opened in 1890 as the Reform School for Juvenile Offenders and was renamed in 1941 to honor Fred C. Nelles, who served as school superintendent from 1912 to 1927. Averaging a daily population of 439 wards in its later years, the facility once housed nearly 1,000 wards. The last ward left the facility on May 27, 2004. The site was redeveloped for housing and retail shopping. Four buildings from the former facility (including the chapel, administrative building and superintendant's residence), spared from demolition, were repurposed to serve community and recreational needs.
Photo courtesy of Elacy at Wikimedia Commons.