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. 5402.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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 cooperation 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.
Avenal prison was the first institution solicited by a local community. When it opened in 1987, it was the first all-new prison built in California in 20 years and was originally known as Kings County State Prison. On February 22, 1988, it was officially named Avenal State Prison.
Rosemary Ndoh, Warden.
Rosemary Ndoh been warden or acting warden at Avenal State Prison since November 2015. She has held multiple positions from 2002 to 2015 to include Chief Deputy Warden, Correctional Administrator, and Principal at ASP. Prior to working at ASP, she was the Assistant Principal at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility from 1997 to 2002 and held a position as an Academic Teacher from 1993 to 1997 at Centinela State Prison.