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CDCR - Avenal State Prison (ASP)

State Prison

Last Updated: July 21, 2021
Address
#1 Kings Way PO Box 8, Avenal, CA 93204
Beds
6577
County
Kings
Phone
559-386-0587
Mailing Address
PO Box 906, Avenal, CA 93204

Avenal State Prison is for State Prison offenders sentenced to at least twelve months.

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CDCR - Avenal State Prison (ASP) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 559-386-0587

The inmates housed at Avenal State Prison located at #1 Kings Way PO Box 8 in Avenal, CA are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

Avenal State Prison is a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) state prison designed to house minimum to medium security inmate and hold an astounding 10,000 inmates. The facility itself is actually made up of six independent facilities, which are each given a letter name, and many buildings. he structures on ASP's 640 acres include "17 open dorm buildings, six 200-bed open dorm E-bed buildings, six converted gymnasiums, a 100-cell administrative segregation unit, and a 10-bed firehouse." It is a "low-medium security" or "Level II" prison with "open dormitories with secure perimeter fences and armed coverage." Inmate programs include Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, SAP, autobody, metal fabrication, plumbing and electrical, PIA furniture, warehouse and egg production.
Inmates incarcerated at ASP are offered many programs that include wood and carpentry, HVAC/refrigeration skills, auto body and mechanic skills, welding, electrical, plumbing, office related services, electronics, print and graphic arts programs. All of these programs are aimed at giving inmates practical skills that they can use to earn a living once they are released from prison. Like almost all correctional facilities Avenal offers inmates basic adult education, GED courses, substance abuse treatment and a program that helps former gang members.
The primary mission of Avenal State Prison is to provide for the control, care and treatment of those inmates committed to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by the courts. Avenal State Prison is designated as a low-medium security institution to provide housing for general population inmates. ASP is a level II institution activated in 1987 which is now comprised of six separate, semi-autonomous facilities, with 17 dormitory housing units, 1 cell housing unit, and six open dorm E-bed buildings. The institution currently houses both GP and Sensitive Needs (SNY) inmates.

Inmate Programs

  • PIA: Furniture Factory, Metal Fab, Egg Production, PIA Laundry & General Fabrication.
  • Vocational: Auto body and fender, auto mechanics, electronics, office services and related technology, plumbing, refrigeration, small engine repair, welding, and electrical works.
  • Academic: Adult Basic Education, High School/GED, English Language Development, Literacy Program, IIP (Incarcerated Individual Program, Computer Assistant Instruction and College Programs available.
  • Other: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Criminal Gangmembers Anonymous (CGA, ), Braille Transcription, Youth Adult Awareness Program, Timeless and various religious groups, and Eye Glass Recycling, Veterans Group, Avenal Prison Mindfulness Medication, and Friends Outside.
Education

ASP currently provides services to 972 inmates in our academic classrooms, divided evenly between ABE I, II, and III/GED. Each class provides two three-hour sessions of instruction daily to 27 students each. Each of our six facilities has three academic classrooms; one each of ABE I, ABE II, and ABE III/GED, for a total of 18 classrooms.

DRP Programs

CDCR's Division of Rehabilitative Programs offers a wide range of programs for inmates. Check to see which programs are offered at this institution.

Re-Entry Facility

ASP is a Reentry Hub programming hub which is geared to ensure that, upon release, offenders are ready for the transition back into society. We help develop parole plans, provide prisoners assistance with developing social skills and obtaining services in their local communities, promote public support.

Inmate Leisure Time Activity Groups (ILTAGS) Currently, ASP offers 18 ILTAGS with active inmate participation. ILTAGS are 12-step recovery programs where inmates learn to acknowledge their addictions and the need to live a sober life. The programs are conducted in a classroom setting utilizing staff sponsors. Participants are provided materials donated by outside groups, as well as books purchased by the institution. These groups are facilitated on Facilities A thru F.

Education

ASP currently provides services to 972 inmates in our academic classrooms, divided evenly between ABE I, II, and III/GED. Each class provides two three-hour sessions of instruction daily to 27 students each. Each of our six facilities has three academic classrooms; one each of ABE I, ABE II, and ABE III/GED, for a total of 18 classrooms.

Enhanced Program Facility

ASP is a designated Enhanced Programming Facility (EPF). The purpose of the EPF is to create incentives for inmates, who based on their own behaviors and choices, are ready to take full advantage of programming opportunities. The EPF fosters an environment free from violence, illegal drugs and disruptive behavior, in which personal and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) goals can be more readily achieved. The EPF is defined as a voluntary setting in which inmates commit themselves to eminent respect, to excellence, and to cooperate in the achievement of program goals, in cooperation with the assigned staff who work to facilitate the achievement of these goals, within the framework of existing rules, regulations and procedures of the CDCR.

Inmate Locator

CDCR - Avenal State Prison (ASP) is a facility in the California Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

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Covid Visitation Information

All 35 CDCR prisons will offer limited video visiting starting this month to allow friends and family a way to safely connect with incarcerated people. In order to reduce noise levels in video visiting areas, effective immediately incarcerated people are authorized to bring their personal earphones/headphones to their scheduled visit. They will be required to disinfect them prior to connecting them to the computer. Staff will direct individuals when and where to connect. Institutions have also been instructed to ensure canteens are well-stocked with earphones for purchase.

If a reservation request is successful, confirmation emails will arrive with the subject line “Webex meeting invitation.” Please do not delete – this email contains a link to join the video visit and details on time and day of the confirmed visit. Please check your spam or junk folder in your email account if you don’t immediately see the confirmation in your inbox.

Please note: Incarcerated people in isolation or quarantine will not be able to participate in video visiting.

CDCR recognizes visiting is an important way to maintain family and community ties. At the same time, our first priority is the health and safety of those who live in and work in our facilities.

CDCR will now begin to offer real-time video visiting as a safe way for incarcerated people to see and speak with their loved ones. We have developed a virtual process in cooperation with California Correctional Health Care Services and the California Department of Public Health.

Under the new system, each inmate will have the opportunity for a free 30-minute video visit every 30 days. This includes holiday visits. Visits will take place on weekends and holidays. Most facilities will schedule their visits between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., but hours may vary.

Scheduling Video Visits

Prospective visitors must submit visiting requests directly to the institution where their loved one is housed, using the designated email addresses for each institution:

Only those individuals who have already been approved as a visitor may make an appointment. Step-by-step instructions can be found here. VPASS will no longer be used to schedule a visit.

Reservations will be taken weekly, beginning each Saturday at 8 a.m. through Monday at 8 a.m. for visits the following weekend. Please note, emails received outside the timeframe allowed will not be rolled over to the following weekend for review. Instead, a new request must be submitted during the following week reservation timeframe. Reservations are currently only available for the first five institutions. Not all reservations may be accepted because of space and equipment limitations.

Visitation Information

Avenal State Prison (ASP) - Visitation

Visiting a CDCR facility must be conducted in a manner that maintains order, safety, and security of the people and facility. Failure to comply with the established regulations and policies may result in a warning or termination, suspension, or revocation of your visiting privileges.

Recommended Steps Before Visiting:

  1. Read Visitation Guidelines to understand what you can expect and what is expected of you
  2. Find out in which facility your inmate is housed
  3. Schedule a visit online using the VPASS system
  4. The day of your scheduled visit, check the Visiting Status to ensure the institution is accepting visitors

Visitation Guidelines

Refer to the Department's current policies and regulations in Title 15and the Department Operations Manual if you want to know more.

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