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Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP)

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Institution Physical and Mailing Addresses:

Physical Address Inmate Mailing Addr. Staff Mailing Address
5905 Lake Earl Drive
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 465-1000
P.O. Box 7500
Crescent City, CA 95532
P.O. Box 7000
Crescent City, CA 95531-7000

Warden (A) Ducart
Clark E. Ducart

3 Ways of Sending Money to Inmates

  1. Lock Box: A no fee service with a shorter hold time for sending money via money order, personal check, or cashier’s checks.
  2. EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer): A paid service, this is the fastest option with funds posted to inmate’s account within 1 to 3 days.
  3. Mail funds directly to the institution: Never a fee. All funds except Certified Funds are subject to a 30 day hold.

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Visiting Hours and Directions

Saturdays, Sundays, and Designated Holidays* 
from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

* New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas

NOTE: These holidays are visiting days,
regardless of the day of the week

For information relative to PBSP visiting, or to make an appointment to visit an inmate in the SHU, contact our Institutional Visiting Staff at (707) 465-1000 Extension 5425.


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.

Message from the Statewide Inmate Family Council:

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.

General Directions:

From the South:

PBSP is located 370 miles north west of Sacramento, and 370 miles north of San Francisco

  • Take Hwy 101 to Crescent City, CA
  • Continue north to Kings Valley Road; turn left
  • Proceed west to Lake Earl Drive; turn left
  • Follow Lake Earl Drive approximately 1 mile to the gate of Pelican Bay

From the North:

PBSP is located 13 miles south of the California/Oregon boarder

  • Take Hwy 101 south to Crescent City, CA
  • Take Kings Valley Road; turn left
  • Follow Lake Earl Drive approximately 1 mile to the gate of Pelican Bay
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