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Valley State Prison Information

The Valley State Prison commenced operations from 1995. It is located in Chowchilla, California state. It is a medium security correctional facility. While it used to be a prison for females, after 2012 it was converted to a prison for low risk male prisoners. It is right opposite the women’s prison of California.

Valley State Prison Contact Information

Valley State Prison Address

The address of the prison is:

Valley State Prison

21633 Avenue 24,

Chowchilla, CA 93610

The Prison Main Phone Number is 559 665 6100

Valley State Prison Mailing information

The mailing address of the prison is:

P O Box 99

Chowchilla, CA 93610

Valley State Prison

Valley State Prison Number of Inmates

Valley State Prison has a capacity of 1,980. It is over capacity and has a population of 3,068 (as of March 2019).

The prison has an SNY or Sensitive Needs Yard, where many of the prisoners are housed. The prison has open dormitory style accommodation for inmates. There are perimeter fences that are secured and guarded. There is also an Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP) meant for prisoners who need treatment. The prison is also a re-entry hub, where it offers re-entry programs for prisoners across the state to help prepare them for life after release from prison.

Valley State Prison Visitation Hours

Visitation hours for Valley state prison is governed by the visitation norms of the California Department of Corrections (CDCR). Visitation is allowed on all Saturdays and Sundays, and also on public holidays. The visitation hours are from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm or from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

For exact details about the visitation hours at Valley state prison, 1800 374 8474 is the Visitors hotline that can be called.

To meet an inmate, it is necessary to obtain a VPASS in advance. The VPASS can be obtained online from the website of the department https://visitorreservations.cdcr.ca.gov/

Information About the Management

Valley State Prison is one of the prisons in California that CDCR manages. CDCR is headed by its Secretary Ralph Diaz.

Valley State Prison is headed by the warden, who is responsible for prison operations. Raythel Fisher Jr. is the Warden of the prison since 2014. He has been working in prisons from 1988.

Institution Programs Offered in the Prison

Valley State Prison state prison offers both academic and other programs for inmates.

Valley State Prison Academic Programs

The prison has an education department that offers Adult Basic Education I, II, and III. It offers the GED program also.

Valley State Prison Inmates
Valley State Prison Other Programs

Vocational programs are offered for inmates in the following areas:

  • Automotive
  • Cosmetology
  • Electronics
  • Office services
  • Engine repair
  • HVAC
  • Welding
  • Carpentry
  • Masonry

Farming, Optical, laundry and manufacturing units are available at the prison, where employees can work during their stay at the prison. Other programs include counseling on substance abuse, domestic violence, anger management, conflict resolution, etc. Religious and recreational programs are also offered for inmates. There are a variety of healthcare services available.

Re-entry planning is done to prepare inmates for employment, housing, and stay with family after their release from prison. Rehabilitation programs are offered at the prison. Since this is a re-entry hub, extensive programs are offered for inmates.
How to Find an Inmate in Valley State Prison

Since Valley state prison is a part of CDCR, searching for inmates in the prison can be done using the inmate locator facility offered by the CDCR website. Search can be done online by visiting https://inmatelocator.cdcr.ca.gov/search.aspx

Search for inmates is possible using the CDCR number to ensure a quick match. If the number is not known, then the last name can be used to search for adult inmates.

In case using the online facility is difficult, the CDCR identification unit can be called on 916 445 6713.


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