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California High Desert State Prison Information

In the year 1993, the California Department of Corrections (CDC) realized the need for elaborate infrastructure to house the ever-growing prison population in California. In response to the need, construction of a new prison building began about eight miles east of the town of Susanville in the state of California. With a budget of $240 million, the High Desert State Prison became an imposing structure in the otherwise laid-back neighborhood. To put some facts, forward, the prison consumed 71,985 yards of concrete, twenty thousand tons of steel, electric wires that stretched to 364 miles surrounded the campus and tons of other construction material went into building the prison.

California Department of Corrections (CDCR)

The High Desert State Prison (HDSP) falls under the umbrella of the parent organization called the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). The CDCR operates all state adult prisons, juvenile facilities, correctional facilities in the state of California. The mission that CDCR maintains is effective law enforcement which provides safe and secure imprisonment for some of the state’s most dangerous and violent criminals. The CDCR also provides parole supervision and implements rehabilitative strategies that help reintegrate offenders back into society.

California High Desert State Prison

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is a strong advocate to conservation and efficient use of resources. Natural resources are used to the bare minimum with the intention of reducing impacts on the environment. These practices reduce operational costs and serve as examples that inmates can follow on their transition back to the community once they finish their term in prison.

California High Desert State Prison Programs

The CDCR implements sustainability programs in the High Desert State Prison and other prisons under its administration. Some sustainability programs are as follows:

  • Energy and Sustainability Section: CDCR’s Energy and Sustainability Section oversee approaches, procedures, and strategies that can develop efficient energy. This energy efficiency drive helps conserve utility services such as water, natural gas, and electricity. CDCR goes out of its way in doing everything it can by performing a wide variety of analytical, consultative and study-oriented task in energy conservation and development.
  • Green Building Project: CDCR has implemented Green Practices in all its buildings. Recycling of waste, waste diversion and waste reduction have been applied. Filtration equipment has been installed to improve indoor air quality and pest control is taken care of by using less toxic pest control methods. Electric vehicles are used all over the prison campus to help improve onsite air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

California High Desert State Prison
  • Energy Efficiency in Commute: CDCR operates a huge fleet of vehicles to cater to the demand of transport. It has about 6600 vehicles in total. Some of them are transport vehicles used to transfer inmates from one correctional facility to another. Others are hot pursuit vehicles used by parole agents, sedans for fugitive apprehension teams and trucks for heavy transport. Hundreds of these vehicles in the possession of CDCR are electric vehicles thereby substantially cutting down and reducing the use of gas-fueled automobiles.
  • Water Conservation: CDCR has implemented a variety of water conservation and water efficiency projects that include plumbing controls and water-efficient fixtures. Water usually is most used in inmate toilets and to control the unnecessary waste of water, a controller that regulates the number of flushes in an hour was installed. This installation resulted in a water-saving of more than 40% making a huge impact on water conservation.

California High Desert State Prison Visiting Information

CDCR’s Visitation Program encourages maintaining a healthy family and community relationship. However, visitations must be conducted through ways that maintain the safety and security of the visitor, staff and the inmates.

  • Scheduling a visit: A visitor can schedule an inmate visit by logging into the VPASS system. VPASS stands for Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System.
  • Visitation Status: There are 2 ways of finding the visiting status of a CDCR facility -
  1. Call the hotline number: 1-800-374-8474
  2. Log on to the VPASS Visiting Status and locate the facility you plan to visit.

Finding an Inmate: Any assistance for accessing or viewing any material on Public Inmate Locator Website, please contact the Identification Unit at (916) 445-6713, Monday through Friday

  • Timing: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Contact Information: The CDCR main number is: 916-3247308


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