Saturdays, Sundays, and Designated Holidays* from 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
* New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas
Visiting at CVSP is available on weekends and major holidays. Visiting hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., with visitor processing beginning at 8:00 a.m. No visitor will be processed after 1:45 p.m.
All adults seeking to visit an inmate shall provide a completed visiting questionnaire and obtain institution/facility approval before coming to visit. It is the inmate's responsibility to forward a visiting questionnaire to any and all prospective visitors. Inmates in Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) requires an appointment for visits. ASU visiting appointments are made on a weekly basis. Please contact our visiting staff for ASU appointments and for any further information regarding visiting at (760) 922-5300, ext. 5403; or the CVSP Visiting Hotline at 1 (800) 374-8474.
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.
CVSP is located approximately 90 miles east of Palm Springs, off of Interstate 10, next to Ironwood State Prison.
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The mission statement of Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) is to provide long-term housing and services for male felons classified as medium, low-medium custody inmates and inmates requiring placement on a Sensitive Needs Yard. Under state law, the primary purpose of the incarceration is for punishment and deterrence of criminal behavior. Productivity and self-improvement are secondary goals that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), seeks to achieve. CDCR provides work and study opportunities for all inmates through prison industries, support services, academic education and vocational instruction.
Charles W. Callahan has been acting Warden at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison since January 2017. Prior to that, he was assigned as the acting warden at California City Correctional Facility in November 2016.
Prior to his assignment as acting Warden, he held the position of Chief Deputy Warden at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison since 2013.
Between 1995 and 2008, he held several positions at Centinela State Prison and Valley State Prison including: Material and Stores Supervisor I, Vocational Instructor, Procurement and Services Officer II, Staff Services Manager I, Correctional Business Manager I/II and Correctional Administrator.
Mr. Callahan began his career with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in August 1995 at Centinela State Prison.