California State Prison, Corcoran (COR)

Institution Details

CSP-Corcoran is a complex, multi-mission institution comprised of the following facilities: Level 1, Level III, Level IV, Administrative Segregation Unit, Security Housing Unit, Protective Housing Unit,Prison Industry Authority, a fully licensed Correctional Treatment Center, Long Term Restricted Housing and Enhanced Program Facility.

Level I - General Population

Total capacity of Level I inmates is 728. Approximately 95% of these inmates are assigned permanent jobs. The jobs performed include Community Work Crews, Administration Building Porters, Maintenance, PIA Warehouse, Fire House, Garage, Grounds Yard Crews, PIA Corp Farm and PIA Dairy.

The Minimum Support Facility (MSF) Level I at CSP-Corcoran consists of five buildings; four are dormitories housing up to 192 inmates each, and one E-dormitory housing 200 inmates. The complex has a culinary and dining hall, its own recreation facilities, library, chapel, and visiting room. As of October 14, 2009 the Department deactivated the Substance Abuse Program (SAP) located within the Level I Facility.

Level III - General Population

Facility III-C houses inmates with a classification score of 28-51. The design of the individual housing unit is a 270º design facility.

Facility III-C has five buildings with a total combined bed capacity of 1,080. III-C is designated as a Sensitive Needs Yard. Current programs in this facility include an Orientation Unit, DPP, DDP, and CCCMS.

The Facility III-C gymnasium has been converted into dormitory type housing, having a capacity of 120 inmates.

Level IV - General Population

Facilities III-A and III-B house inmates with a classification score of 51 and above. The design of the individual housing unit is a 270º design facility.

Facility III-A is a Level IV General Population placement. The design of the individual housing unit is a 270º design facility. The III-A Facility has five buildings, three which house general population inmates, with a total combined bed capacity of 600 inmates. On October 2009 the Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) EOP hub was relocated to 3A03 and the ASU Unit was relocated to 3A04. Current programs in this facility include ASU, EOP/HUB and CCCMS.

Facility III-B has five buildings with the bed capacity for 1,121 inmates. Current programs in this facility include Orientation Unit, Disability Placement Program (DPP), Developmentally Disabled Program (DDP), and inmate participants in the Mental Health Services Delivery System (MHSDS) at the Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP) and Correctional Clinical Case Management System (CCCMS) level of care.

Administrative Segregation Unit

The new Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) was activated on June 2, 2003. It includes programming space to facilitate custodial and operational needs and also complies with court mandated and regulated activities such as exercise and on-site medical/mental health delivery systems. The ASU building consists of eight housing modules/sections in a single story design, an elevated central control room, and administrative, program and service space within the building. Six of the modules/sections contain 12 cells and 2 contain 14 cells. All modules/sections contain showers, holding cells and adjacent exercise yards. Exercise yards are intended to accommodate one or two inmates (from the same cell) with supervision provided by a Correctional Officer, supplemented by closed-circuit television surveillance. The ASU is located between the Acute Care Hospital and Facility 4B.

Facility 4A and 4B Security Housing Units

Housing in Facilities 4A and 4B is maximum security of 180º design facility and provides for a variety of special housing programs. The majority of the inmate population in these facilities is the Security Housing Unit (SHU) inmates. Inmates whose conduct endangers the safety of others or the security of the institution are housed in SHU. In most cases, these inmates have committed serious rules violations while housed in a general population setting.

Within the SHU housing facilities, is a specially designated unit: The Medical/Handicap SHU unit which meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It offers maximum security housing with necessary adaptations to the showers and cells for accessibility.

The 4A Facility has the bed capacity for 1,024 inmates. The facility currently houses inmates that require protective housing within the Protective Housing Unit (PHU). Facility 4A has a debriefing unit for validated prison gang associates/members wishing to disassociate themselves from criminal gang activity. It also houses inmates participating in the DDP, DPP, and inmates meeting the criteria for inclusion into the Exhibitionism Treatment Program.

The 4B Facility has the bed capacity for 1,005 inmates. Facility 4B houses validated prison gang members, i.e., Nuestra Familia (NF), Nazi Low Riders (NLR), Aryan Brotherhood (AB), Mexican Mafia (EME), Black Guerrilla Family (BGF), Texas Syndicate (TS), and the Northern Structure (NS).

Prison Industry Authority

The Prison Industry Authority administers a work program for inmates in California correctional institutions to improve their job skills and reduce idleness. The program is fully supported by sales of products and services to government agencies.

PIA is composed of the "Century 2000" modular office system manufacturing facilities, an institutional laundry, agribusiness enterprises, a warehouse/freight distribution center, industrial maintenance and repair, in addition to providing Administrative functions to the PIA farm and laundry located at the Wasco State Prison/Reception Center. PIA employs 303 inmates in a private business-like setting throughout CSP-Corcoran.

The "Century 2002" modular office system spans two housing yards (III-B and III-C) and occupies approximately 100,000 square feet of factory floor space. The institutional laundry is operated seven days a week, ten hours per day by rotating crews of Level III inmates. The Warehouse and Distribution Center at Corcoran serves as the central hub of a statewide distribution network. The Agribusiness consists of 400 acres of farmland, a dairy capable of milking 1,800 cows and a milk packaging facility that provides milk for several surrounding institutions.