CDCR-Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP)

State Prison

Last Updated: March 29, 2024
5950 Lake Earl Dr, Crescent City, CA 95531
Del Norte
Mailing Address
PO Box 7500, Crescent City, CA 95532

PBSP 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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Satellite View of CDCR-Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP)

You can support your loved ones at PBSP on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 707-465-1000.

Located at 5950 Lake Earl Dr in Crescent City, CA, PBSP carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. PBSP 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-Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) 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.

PBSP is situated on 275 acres along the North Coast of California, approximately 13 miles from the Oregon/California Border. Established in 1989 to address the need for housing maximum-security inmates, PBSP is now in its 32nd year of operation.

PBSP is designed to accommodate California's most serious criminal offenders in a secure and disciplined environment. Half of the prison houses maximum-security inmates in a general population (GP) setting, while a quarter of the institution is dedicated to the Security Housing Unit (SHU) for inmates presenting significant management concerns. Additionally, PBSP houses Level II inmates in a 500-bed open cell environment known as the Delta Facility, which provides various rehabilitative opportunities and programs including murals, music bands, college education, and the Prison Paws Program.

Furthermore, B Facility at PBSP operates the Restrictive Custody General Population (RCGP), a 96-bed unit aimed at enhancing positive social interactions among inmates and staff. PBSP also includes a 400-bed Level I Minimum Support Facility for non-violent offenders outside the main secure perimeter, as well as a Firehouse staffed by eight full-time inmate firefighters.

In terms of inmate programming, PBSP offers various opportunities through the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA), including a laundry operation employing approximately 18 inmates. Career Technical Education (CTE) programs such as Computer Literacy and Tsunami Adult School are also available, alongside academic offerings like literacy programs, Adult Basic Education, General Education Diploma (GED), and College Courses through distance learning.

PBSP supports numerous inmate support groups including Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Choices for Common Ground, and Veterans Group. Additionally, the prison implements the Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment (ISUDT) program, offering comprehensive treatment pathways through Cognitive Behavioral Interventions (CBI) programs tailored to individual medical classifications.

Moreover, PBSP provides family reunification services through on-site Case Managers who assist inmates and family members with pre-release preparation and conduct Parenting and Creative Conflict Resolution classes. These initiatives aim to facilitate successful reintegration into society upon inmates' release.

Explore family & friends resources, including how to contact or send packages to those incarcerated here.

Inmate Locator

PBSP 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

Effective October 27, 2023 Facility “C” is closed, all scheduled visits for Ad-seg inmates will be scheduled via VSA. They will be conducted behind glass in Facility “A” visiting with Facility “B” as an over flow if needed.

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  • Friday: 12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
  • Sunday: 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

ASU - Friday: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.| Saturday: 8:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Sunday: 8:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

RCGP - Tuesday: 8:45 – 2:45 p.m. | Wednesday: 8:45 – 2:45 p.m. | Thursday: 8:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Walk-in Visitation Instructions

  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

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