CDCR-Avenal State Prison (ASP)

State Prison

Last Updated: March 27, 2024
#1 Kings Way PO Box 8, Avenal, CA 93204
Mailing Address
PO Box 906, Avenal, CA 93204

ASP is for State Prison offenders sentenced anywhere from one year to life by the State Court in the county where the charges were filed

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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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You can support your loved ones at ASP on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 559-386-0587.

Located at #1 Kings Way PO Box 8 in Avenal, CA, ASP carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. ASP offers diverse educational and vocational programs aimed at equipping offenders for successful reintegration into society and reducing recidivism. Through these initiatives, inmates gain skills and confidence, fostering personal growth and resilience.

When someone you care about ends up in a state prison, it can be tough to navigate the ins and outs of the system. From figuring out how to stay in touch to understanding what you can do to make their time easier, it can feel overwhelming. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get the lowdown on CDCR-Avenal State Prison (ASP) so you can stay connected and support your loved one during their time inside.

While incarcerated, reading is often the best use of time. Please note that books and magazines, puzzles, and word searches ordered for inmates must come directly from the publisher. This policy ensures that the items are new, untampered, and comply with the facility's regulations. Prisons and jails enforce this rule to prevent the introduction of contraband or prohibited materials. By restricting orders to publishers, the facility can better maintain security and control over the content entering the institution. Any books or magazines not received directly from the publisher will be rejected and not delivered to the inmate.

The ASP serves as a crucial hub for reentry programming, focusing on preparing offenders for successful transitions back into society upon their release. Through the Reentry Hub, ASP assists inmates in developing parole plans, acquiring social skills, accessing community services, and garnering public support, all aimed at facilitating a smooth reintegration process.

In addition to its reentry initiatives, ASP hosts Inmate Leisure Time Activity Groups (ILTAGS), offering 18 active programs focused on 12-step recovery. These programs provide inmates with the opportunity to address their addictions and embrace sober living within a supportive classroom environment. Staff sponsors facilitate these sessions, utilizing materials donated by external organizations and books procured by the institution. ILTAGS are conducted across Facilities A through F, fostering inmate participation and engagement.

Established in 1987 as the Kings County State Prison, ASP holds historical significance as the first institution initiated by a local community in California. Upon its inauguration, it marked the first entirely new prison construction in the state in two decades. Subsequently, on February 22, 1988, the facility was officially designated as Avenal State Prison, solidifying its place in California's correctional landscape.

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Inmate Housing for Mail (include inmate’s name and CDCR number):

  • Facility A, P.O. Box 901, Avenal, CA 93204
  • Facility B, P.O. Box 902, Avenal, CA 93204
  • Facility C, P.O. Box 903, Avenal, CA 93204
  • Facility D, P.O. Box 904, Avenal, CA 93204
  • Facility E, P.O. Box 905, Avenal, CA 93204
  • Facility F, P.O. Box 906, Avenal, CA 93204

Inmate Locator

ASP maintains a database of current inmates and their locations within the system. To locate an inmate, begin by using the DOC locator tool, which requires entering the first three letters of the inmate's first and last name, allowing for variations in spelling.

If unable to locate the desired information through free resources, users may opt to use the Arrest Record Search, which requires payment. While this option incurs a small fee, it provides access to the most up-to-date data available.

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Visitation Information

Avenal State Prison currently offers All-day visiting (see below for hours). You must schedule utilizing the (VSA) at scheduling application. Requests sent via email will not be reviewed. The request period begins eight days before the visitation day and closes five days before the designated visitation day. Learn how to visit an incarcerated person here.


  • Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday and Designated Holidays: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


  • Friday: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Processing ends at 5:00 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Sundays and Designated Holidays: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Processing ends at 2:00 p.m.)

Due to shift change at the institution, the processing of visitors will cease from 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm every in-person visiting day. Processing visitors will assume after 2:15 pm.

CDCR urges those traveling to our institutions to plan for a safe trip. Before heading to an institution for an in-person visit, download the QuickMap app or visit for up-to-the-minute information on road conditions, traffic, closures, chain control, and more. If an institution must cancel visiting due to conditions such as weather, those with an appointment will receive a notice through the Visitation Scheduling Application (VSA). If you plan on participating in a walk-in visit, please contact the institution beforehand. Visitors/Loved ones arriving for in-person visiting may arrive on Institutional grounds 30 minutes before the processing time.

**As a reminder, a certified copy of each minor’s birth certificate must be brought with an adult visitor accompanying a minor (18 years or younger) at all times, regardless of whether the child has previously visited ASP. Visitors will only be permitted in if they have a birth certificate.** Please visit to schedule a visit. Facility Visitation Email -

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