CDCR-Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP)

State Prison

Last Updated: February 29, 2024
31625 Hwy 101, Soledad, CA 93960
Mailing Address
PO Box 1050, Soledad, CA 93960-1050

SVSP 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 SVSP on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 831-678-5500.

Located at 31625 Hwy 101 in Soledad, CA, SVSP carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. SVSP 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-Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) 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.

SVSP is dedicated to providing inmates with opportunities for productivity and self-improvement through a variety of educational, religious, and self-help programs. With a commitment to reducing recidivism rates, SVSP continually enhances its programming to meet the diverse needs of the inmate population. SVSP is designed to accommodate Level I, III, and IV inmates, with housing provided in various facilities tailored to different security levels.

The institution's primary mission is to house and serve both minimum and maximum-custody male inmates while offering educational, religious, and self-help programming to foster positive behavior and reduce recidivism. SVSP employees take pride in their role in ensuring public safety and trust while delivering essential services to inmates.

Educational opportunities at SVSP include General Population (GP) programs and Voluntary Education Programs (VEP), offering Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes at different levels. Additionally, inmates can voluntarily enroll in VEP programs and receive assistance and tutoring through various initiatives like the Pro-Literacy program and the Scottish Rites Program. SVSP also provides opportunities for inmates to earn certifications in basic computer programs through the Career Technical Education Computer Literacy program.

For inmates seeking higher education, SVSP offers General Education Certificate (GED) instruction and a High School Diploma program. Special education services are available for inmates in the Developmental Disability Program (DDP), ensuring individualized support for their educational needs.

In addition to educational programs, SVSP offers a range of self-help groups and volunteer programs aimed at promoting personal growth and addressing issues such as substance abuse and anger management. These programs include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Veterans Group, Breaking Barriers, Alternatives to Violence (AVP), and more. Inmates also have access to support groups like the Inside Men’s Foundation Support Group and the Lifer Support Group, which focus on personal development and adjustment to prison life.

The Writer’s Workshop provides inmates with an opportunity to develop their writing skills and express themselves creatively, fostering personal growth and self-reflection. Through these diverse programs, SVSP aims to create a supportive environment where inmates can explore their potential, develop essential skills, and work towards positive change.

Inmate Locator

SVSP 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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