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Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP)

Aerial view of Pelican Bay State Prison. CLICK to download a copy.
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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Pelican Bay State Prison - Mission Statement

Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) is designed to house California’s most serious criminal offenders in a secure, safe, and disciplined institutional setting.  One half of the prison houses maximum security inmates in a general population setting.  The other half houses inmates in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) designed for inmates presenting serious management concerns.  The SHU is a modern design for inmates who are difficult management cases, prison gang members, and violent maximum security inmates.

In Addition, PBSP operates two unique programs: The Psychiatric Services Unit (PSU) which is a 127 bed unit designed and staffed to treat mentally disordered offenders who are serving SHU terms.  PBSP also operates a 400 bed, Level I Minimum Support Facility which houses non-violent offenders outside of the secure perimeter of the main institution, and a Fire House with 8 full time inmate fire fighters.

Institution Details

PBSP is located on 275 acres on the North Coast of California, 13 miles from the Oregon/California Border.  The institution opened in 1989 to accommodate a need for a growing population of maximum security inmates.   Currently in its 24th year of operation, PBSP operates with a budget in excess of $190 million.