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Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP)

Contact & Visiting Information

Main Phone: (707) 465-1000

Physical Address:

  • 5905 Lake Earl Drive, Crescent City, CA 95531

Mailing Addresses:

  • Institution: P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City, CA 95532
  • Staff: P.O. Box 7000, Crescent City, CA 95531-7000

Visiting Hours

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.

Visiting Assistance:

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.

Statewide Inmate Family Council Message:

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

For additional information, visit this link  to customize your driving directions.

About Pelican Bay State Prison

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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.

Warden Ducart

About the Warden

Clark Ducart, has been warden or acting warden at Pelican Bay State Prison since 2014. He has served in several positions since 1989, including chief deputy warden, correctional administrator, correctional captain, staff services manager, correctional lieutenant, sergeant and officer. He was a correctional officer at San Quentin State Prison from 1986 to 1989.