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High Desert State Prison (HDSP)

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Institution Physical and Mailing Addresses:

Physical Address All Staff Inmate Mail Inmate Trust
475-750 Rice Canyon Rd.
Susanville, CA 96127
(530) 251-5100
P.O. Box 750
Susanville, CA 96127-0750
P.O. Box 3030
Susanville, CA.
P.O. Box 270-249
Susanville, CA.

Fred Foulk, Warden (A)
Fred Foulk,
Warden (A)

High Desert State Prison - Mission Statement

The primary mission of High Desert State Prison (HDSP) is to provide for the confinement of general population and sensitive needs high security (level IV) and medium security (level III) inmates. The institution also serves as a Reception Center for New Commitment, Parole Violators with a New Term and Parole Violator inmates accommodating ten Northern California Counties.  Our inmate population consists of three (3) level IV yards, two (2) of which are 180 design buildings and one (1) 270 design yard.  Our 270 design yard, Facility B, was converted to a Sensitive Needs Yard (SNY) in October 2007, which houses level IV SNY inmates within the 270 design housing units and level III SNY inmates in the Gymnasium (GYM).  On our 270 design medium level III Facility A, approximately three of five buildings are designated Reception Center (RC) housing.  The level III Facility also houses level I and II inmates within the Gymnasium.  The majority of the level I inmates in the Gym are pending classification action for placement in our Minimum Support Facility (MSF).  The MSF houses non camp eligible level I inmates who perform job duties in various areas of the institution outside the secure perimeter, such as the warehouse, garage, out grounds, staff snack bar, etc.  Our Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) is located on our Facility D, 180 design housing and consists of two buildings, D7 and D8, and an overflow building, D6, in the event it becomes necessary.  Approximately three years ago, a “stand alone” ASU was constructed, which is our Z-Unit.  We house inmates with the lowest level custody, Minimum B all the way up to Maximum custody (ASU inmates).  Design capacity for the entire institution is approximately 4,500 inmates

Institution Details

The majority of the prison's population is comprised of younger inmates who are serving long sentences and/or those who have proven to be management problems while in prison. Provided by HDSP are vocational programs, educational programs, and work assignments for those inmates who are willing to participate. HDSP has a 35 bed Correctional Treatment Center (CTC) to provide for the health care needs of the inmates. Additionally, HDSP is designed to house inmates with disabilities who require specialized placement to accommodate accessibility issues under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

Institution Operation

In September 1995, following completion of construction, HDSP received our first inmates.  In order of importance, the first housing units activated were on our Minimum Support Facility (MSF) followed closely by our two level III 270 design facilities.  As the final stages were being completed, early in 1996, inmates began arriving for placement on our two High Security level IV 180 design facilities.  Shortly thereafter, a 200-bed Reception Center (RC) was established.  Since that time, the RC has grown in numbers to approximately as much as 600 inmates, which does fluctuate.  In May 1997, one of our level III 270 design facilities was converted to a level IV general population to accommodate departmental needs.  In October 2007, once again we converted our level IV 270 design general population facility to a level IV/III sensitive needs facility based on departmental needs.

HDSP has an electrified fence surrounding the perimeter of our level III and IV facilities which provides a secure and cost effective method for preventing escapes.   

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