Avenal State Prison (ASP)
3 Ways of Sending Money to Inmates
- Lock Box: A no fee service with a shorter hold time for sending money via money order, personal check, or cashier’s checks.
- EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer): A paid service, this is the fastest option with funds posted to inmate’s account within 1 to 3 days.
- Mail funds directly to the institution: Never a fee. All funds except Certified Funds are subject to a 30 day hold.
Visiting Hours and Directions
Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Avenal State Prison currently allows visiting on the holidays as designated by Title 15: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
Appointments will be scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and designated holidays. Visitors will be able to schedule an appointment to be processed between the hours of 8:30 AM. through 13:30 PM. Visitors must use V-PASS to schedule appointments online. Visitors, who arrive and do not have an appointment, will be processed ten (10) at a time, every half hour.
Visitors may call the Avenal State Prisons Visiting Hotline for any updates concerning visiting at (800) 374-8474. Visiting rules and regulations can also be found on the Internet at www.cdcr.ca.gov and access visiting rules. Visitors may also view V-PASS for visiting information. For additional information concerning visiting at Avenal State Prison, please contact the visiting processing center at (559) 386-0587, ext. 5400.
Administrative Segregation (Ad-Seg) Vistiting Appointments
To schedule an appointment with an inmate who is placed in Administrative Segregation, also known as behind the glass, call (559) 386-0256.
Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System (VPASS), effective May 19th, 2013
The Visitor Processing AppOintment Scheduling System, known as VPASS, is an online application offered as a service to help expedite the visitation process. VPASS attempts to alleviate many lengthy visiting wait time issues that are being seen around the state, while providing the flexibility for each institution to set up the system to meet their visiting needs.
VPASS will give the general public an opportunity to schedule their own appointment to be processed for visiting. The use of VPASS will help to alleviate the accumulation of visitors that show up at many different institutions first thing in the morning. Instead, all visitors can make appointments throughout the week (if available), which will ensure a more streamlined process. This will help reduce wait time and therefore, improve the quality of the visit. The system will also allow the visitors to receive information about any changes to the visitation at their institution either via email or on the system home page.
The system will be available for the general public to setup their accounts beginning May 6, 2013. On or after May 19, 2013, the general public can access the system to make an appointment to visit their loved ones.
You can view a variety of video demonstrations (demos) and review Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) at the following website: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/visitors/index.htm.
A CDCR funded Visitor Center is at the institution operated by a community-based organization under contract to CDCR. The Visitor Center provides visiting assistance to family members and friends including a sheltered place to wait before and after visits, transportation to and from local transit terminals, childcare, clothing appropriate for visits on loan, and information about local resources, visiting rules and regulations.
Message from the Statewide Inmate Family Council:
Local Inmate Family Councils (IFC's) are a gathering of family and friends of the incarcerated who meet regularly with Wardens to support visiting since keeping strong family connections with loved ones is a powerful rehabilitative tool. These IFC's promote visiting by clarifying rules and regulations as well as discussing health, education, vocational training, packages, books, and related issues. For more information on connecting with a local IFC, please visit the Statewide IFC website.
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From Northern California:
- Take I-5 south to Lassen Avenue (Highway 269)
- At Lassen Avenue turn right and go over the hills and through the City of Avenal
- Turn left on Highway 33
- Prison on the right
From Southern California:
- Take I-5 north to either Lassen Avenue (Highway 269) or the Ketteman City exit (Highway 41):
At Lassen Avenue:
At Kettleman City exit:
- Turn left and go over the hills and through the City of Avenal
- Turn left on Highway 33
- Prison on the right side
- Turn left on Highway 41 and go over the hills
- At Highway 33, turn right
- Prison on the left side
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