Visalia woman takes over at Central Valley women’s prison
Janel Espinoza named warden of Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla
CHOWCHILLA – A Visalia woman is now the warden at the women’s prison in Chowchilla.
Janel Espinoza of Visalia was recently appointed to oversee the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla where she has been acting warden for the last year. Espinoza served as the chief deputy warden of women’s prison from 2016 to 2017.
She previously served as an associate warden of the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility at California State Prison, Corcoran from 2009 to 2016. Espinoza served in multiple classifications at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility from 2002 to 2016, including correctional administrator, facility captain, and correctional counselor supervisor. Espinoza began her career in 1996 as a medical technical assistant at Wasco State Prison and worked at Corcoran State Prison as a correctional counselor I from 1999 to 2002.
This year, the National Latino Peace Officers Association recognized Espinoza as a 2018 “Central Valley Women Making Celebration” recipient.