High Desert State Prison (HDSP)
High Desert State Prison - Mission Statement
The primary mission of High Desert State Prison (HDSP) is to provide for the Housing and Programming of general population and sensitive needs high security (Level IV) and medium security (level III) inmates. Our inmate population consists of three (3) Level IV yards, two (2) of which are 180 design buildings (Facility C and Facility D), and one (1) 270 design building (Facility B). Our 270 design yard, Facility B, was converted to a Sensitive Needs Yard (SNY) in October 2007, which houses Level IV SNY inmates. On our 270 design medium Level III, Facility A houses Level III inmates. Facility A is also the home of our Reentry Hub Facility, which provides relevant training and services to eligible and interested inmates in order to facilitate the successful transition back to their communities and reduce their likelihood of reoffending. HDSP’s Reentry programs are comprised of Academics, the California Identification Card Program, Pre-Employment Transition, and Cognitive Behavioral Treatment, which includes Substance Abuse Treatment, Anger Management, Family Relationships and Criminal Thinking. The Minimum Support Facility (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. Within the first three years of HDSP’s activation, it became apparent that the building originally designed and designated as the ASU was not adequate to meet the demands of the inmate population who require segregated housing. Construction on a new stand-alone ASU began in October 2001. The unit was named Facility Z and activated in September 2004. HDSP houses 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 3,660 inmates.
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).
In September 1995, following completion of construction, HDSP received its first inmates. The first housing units to be activated were the MSF and two Level III 270 design facilities. These were soon followed by the two Level IV 180 design facilities. In the spring of 1996, a 200-bed reception center was established, which was converted to Level III General Population (GP) in October 2012. 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 sensitive needs yard 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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