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Sending money to an inmate at this institution is changing

Beginning March 2, 2015, this institution will participate in a 60-day pilot program using the Lock Box service. Lock Box allows for incoming inmate monies to be mailed to a secured centralized depository. Upon completion of the pilot program, these institutions will use the Lock Box service for inmate deposits of checks and money orders up to $999.99. Checks and Money Orders in the Amount in of $1,000.00 or more will still be accepted at the institution.

The process for Electronic Fund Transfers remains unchanged for ALL prisons. Find out more about sending money to inmates.

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

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.

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