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How does someone contact Chowchilla prison inmates?

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People can contact inmates at the Central California Women's Facility at Chowchilla by personal visits, mail or phone. Visitors must submit applications and wait for approval, while mail is generally unrestricted in quantity but subject to inspection. Prisoners can phone family and friends, but incoming calls are not allowed.

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Those wanting to visit the CCWF at Chowchilla must fill out a visitor questionnaire and provide information on any past criminal arrests or convictions. If information on the questionnaire is falsified or omitted, CCWF may deny the application for visitation. Once the application is approved, the applicant is listed in the prison database as an approved visitor, the prisoner is notified and the prisoner has the responsibility of notifying the visitor. Prison visiting days as of 2015 are Saturdays and Sundays as well as Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Visitors must observe clothing restrictions, limitations on items brought into the prison and security procedures that include car searches, computer checks and personal searches.

Prisoners may normally receive unlimited amounts of mail from anyone except prisoners or those recently released from prison. Forbidden content includes threatening communications such as plans to escape, gang-related information or nude or sexually explicit photos. Prisoners are allowed to receive checks or money orders by mail. To communicate by phone, prisoners must initiate collect phone calls at fixed rates from designated phones provided by contracted phone vendors.

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