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CDCR - Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP)

State Prison

Last Updated: April 13, 2021
31625 Hwy 101, Soledad, CA 93960
State - maximum
Mailing Address
PO Box 1050, Soledad, CA 93960-1050
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CDCR - Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 831-678-5500

The inmates housed at Salinas Valley State Prison located at 31625 Hwy 101 in Soledad, 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.

Salinas Valley State Prison is a CDCR minimum to maximum security for adult male inmates. Currently this correctional facility houses over 4,500 Level I-Level IV offenders, which is twice the originally constructed capacity.

In providing long-term housing and services inmates, SVSP offers educational, religious and self-help programming in the ongoing effort to help alleviate adverse behavior and reduce recidivism within the prison system. Productivity and self-improvement opportunities are provided for inmates through academic classes, work programs, religious and self-help groups. SVSP is continually moving forward to increase the quantity and quality of programming afforded to the inmate population in an ongoing effort to help reduce recidivism. SVSP was constructed to meet the access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). SVSP has been designated to house Level I, III, and IV inmates. The housing of these inmates is accomplished on a Minimum Support Facility (MSF), two 270 design facilities, two 180 design facilities and a 100 cell standalone Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU). SVSP has a Correctional Treatment Center (CTC) where inmates receive professionally supervised health care in an inpatient setting. SVSP provides Correctional Clinical Case Management System (CCCMS), Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP) and Mental Health Crisis Bed (MHCB) for those inmates requiring mental health services. SVSP also houses inmates who meet the criteria of the CDCR Disability Placement Program (DPP) excluding DPV, DPH and DPS.

This facility provides both outpatient and inpatient mental health services for patients with a serious mental disorder. The licensed Psychiatric Inpatient Program at this facility is designed to provide more intensive treatment for patients who cannot function adequately or stabilize in an outpatient program.

Inmate Educational Programs

Salinas Valley State Prison offers both General Population (GP) programs and Voluntary Education Programs (VEP). GP programs offer Adult Basic Education (ABE) I, II, & III level classes to assigned inmate students. The VEP programs offer Adult Basic Education coursework as well, but inmate students voluntarily enroll in the programs. VEP teachers also help coordinate and serve as proctors for students enrolled in college courses. These programs are available to inmates on all the facilities. Additionally, SVSP offers a Career Technical Education Computer Literacy program. This program allows students to earn certifications in basic computer programs and provides them with the skills necessary for entry level positions requiring the use of computers. Completion of the course also provides a foundation for more advanced computer classes and training.

Inmates are offered lower-level assistance and tutoring with the Pro-Literacy program in the VEP classes and with the Scottish Rites Program over the institution's closed-circuit television system. The higher level inmate students have opportunities to get a General Education Certificate (GED). GED instruction is offered on the institution's closed circuit television system as well as in the classroom setting. A High School Diploma program is also available to inmate students who have a minimum amount of credits to earn.

SVSP also offers education services to inmates in the Developmental Disability Program (DDP) with a credentialed special education teacher and a teaching assistant to meet the needs of the DDP population. In addition, we have an Isolation Population program to meet the needs of the Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP) students. Both of these programs will assist the EOP and DDP students to meet the same goals as the general population students. Each student has the opportunity to achieve basic literacy, GED or high school equality, and college program.

Inmate Self Help Programs and Volunteer Programs

SVSP offers multiple self-help groups and volunteer programs. The institution is continually striving to help facilitate a productive growth of new programming. These programs are designed to enable the inmate population a way to express themselves in a non-violent manner and/or utilize various coping mechanisms, with the overall goal of reducing adverse behavior and recidivism rates to those who participate.

Current Programs:

  • Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) -Volunteer facilitators teach 12- step recovery program where inmates learn to acknowledge alcohol addiction and the need to live a sober life.
  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA) - Volunteer facilitators teach 12- step recovery program where inmates learn to acknowledge narcotic addiction and the need to live a sober life.
  • Veterans Group - Self Help sponsors provide aid and support to inmates that are Veterans relating to benefits, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse.
  • Veterans Group - Self Help sponsors provide aid and support to inmates that are Veterans relating to benefits, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse.
  • Breaking Barriers - Self Help sponsors follow an established curriculum with the specific purpose of breaking an inhibiting cycle of conditioned habits and help inmates become more productive and fulfilled human beings while learning about the body of knowledge found in cognitive psychology.
  • Alternatives to Violence (AVP) - Volunteer facilitators teach how to deal with anger in a positive manner.
  • Inside Men's Foundation Support Group - Volunteer facilitators follow an established curriculum which creates an environment that inmates can work toward exploring the issues that have prevented them from living up to their full potential.
  • Ojai Council Leadership Collaborative - The OCLC volunteers provides training and support in practicing and facilitating Council so as to create a heightened sense of common purpose and positive community at SVSP OCLC. Inmate facilitators attend workshops to facilitate Council. The OCLC provides inmates with an opportunity to perceive and experience their incarceration as an opportunity for personal transformation and to build skills in self-expression and self valuation while building self-esteem and communication skills, improving family dynamics and preparing in other ways for reentry into society.
  • Lifer Support Group - The group's purpose is to raise awareness and improve attitudes while helping Life Term prisoners adjust to a more focused disciplined and structured life within their environment. The group shall deal with issues such as self-esteem, positive behavior, personal character, conduct and anger management.
  • Anger Management - Self Help sponsors follow an established curriculum with the purpose of managing anger, emotional intelligence, and empathy awareness.
  • Writer's Workshop - Volunteers provide an opportunity for Enhanced Outpatient Inmates to develop their ability to express ideas and experiences in writing. Creativity is a way inmates can come to know and own the events and feelings of their lives and expand them from personal suffering into a communal experience. In breaking the silence, the journey toward wholeness begins.

Religious Programs

The institution offers the following Volunteer Programs:

  • The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) - Volunteers equip inmates to become pastors and church leaders, both on the "inside" for lifers, as well as for those who return to their urban communities.
  • Bridging Program - Faith-based (Christian) program primarily to help individuals break their addictions, learning to change their thinking and feelings to, in turn, promote change of their behaviors. In-prison activities with educational programming based on cognitive-behavior therapy emphasize rehabilitation above deterrence, employing evidence-based strategies compounded with the Christian faith.
  • Prayer and Share - Volunteers apply God's Word to the wounds that one may encounter as a Christian so that healing and restoration may begin. Through interaction, biblical guidance and encouragement to overcome and persevere through life's issues.

The institution offers the following Religious Services:

  • Protestant Services - Bible study, Choir, & Left Hand Path
  • Catholic Services
  • Jewish Services
  • Native American Services - Sweat Lodge & Talking Circle
  • Muslim - Islamic Jumaa Services and Talim Program
  • House of Yahweh
  • Neterian Services
  • Wiccan Services
  • Odinist Services
  • Buddhist Services (volunteers)
  • Mormon Services (volunteers)
  • Jehovah Witness (volunteers)
  • Siddha Yoga (volunteers)
  • Christian Science (volunteers)
  • Latter Day Saints (volunteers)

Family Liaison Services

Through the Office of Community Partnerships (OCP) the institution provides Family Liaison Services (FLS) to inmates within the institution. The purpose of this program is to alleviate inmate anxiety during incarceration and to promote family unity and reunification to increase the number of parole successes, reduce recidivism and enhance public safety. The inmate's ability to resolve family problems is often exacerbated by the fact that inmates may be incarcerated in one part of California while their families and personal ties may be hundreds of miles away. Friends Outside provide the following FLS to our inmate population:

Case Management Services
  • Support for personal and family prerelease preparation
  • Support during family emergencies
  • Support for family reunification
  • Information regarding child custody and parental rights
  • Liaison with social workers, attorneys, and others
Parenting for Incarcerated Parents
  • Individual consultation on parenting issues and concerns
  • Facilitated parenting groups that meet court requirements
Creative Conflict Resolutions
  • Facilitate inter-racial and inter-cultural groups focused on resolving differences
Anger Management
  • Facilitate groups focused on managing anger, emotional intelligence, and empathy awareness for both court-ordered and non-court-ordered participants
Fatherhood Focus

Individual, structured program designed to enhance responsible fathering

Adult Basic Education, Arts-in-Corrections, CalID, Electrical, General Education Development, HVAC, Library Services, Office Services, Physical Education, Voluntary Education, Welding

CDCR - Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) - Visitation Guide
CDCR - Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) - Inmate Packages
CDCR - Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) - Parole Information

Inmate Locator

CDCR - Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) 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.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

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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

CDCR - Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) - 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.

Locate Inmate

Use the Inmate Locator to find an inmate and what facility they are housed in.

Schedule Visit

Sign-up or log into VPASS to schedule an inmate visit. VPASS stands for Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System. Note: this requires creating an online account.

Check Visiting Status

You can find out the visiting status of a CDCR facility in one of two ways:

  • Call the Visiting Status Hotline at 1-800-374-8474
  • Check the VPASS Visiting Status; locate the facility you plan to visit.

You should always do this the day you plan to visit, because visitation can sometimes be unexpectedly cancelled.

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