Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP)

Contact & Visiting Information

Main Phone: (559) 935-4900

Physical Address:

  • 24863 West Jayne Avenue, Coalinga, CA 93210

Mailing Address:

  • Institution: P.O. Box 8500, Coalinga, CA 93210

Visiting Hours

Saturdays, Sundays and Designated Holidays* from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
* New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas

For current visiting information, lockdown information, etc, please call our visiting information line at (800) 374-8474 or (559) 935-4900 Ext: 5708.

Appointments for Short Term Restricted Housing Unit (STRH) Inmates can be made by calling the (559) 935-4900 Ext: 5708 beginning Monday mornings at 8:30 a.m . You must have an appointment to visit an inmate housed in AD-SEG.

Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System (VPASS) Information:

Pleasant Valley state Prison (PVSP) utilizes the Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System (VPASS). VPASS is an on-line program used to schedule appointments for visitor processing (contact visits only). New appointment times for PVSP become available each Monday at 7 a.m. For more information about VPASS go to CDCR Visitation. In the event the VPASS appointments are full PVSP’s non-appointment/walk-up time is 10:00 a.m.

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 San Francisco/Sacramento:

  • Take Interstate 5 south (580 East to I-5 from San Francisco) for approximately 180 miles to Coalinga
  • Take Jayne Avenue exit and turn right
  • Take Jayne Avenue going west for approximately 5 miles
  • Pleasant Valley State Prison will be on your left hand side

From Los Angeles:

  • Take Interstate 5 north for approximately 180 miles to Coalinga
  • Take Jayne Avenue exit and turn left
  • Take Jayne Avenue going west for approximately 5 miles
  • Pleasant Valley State Prison will be on the left hand side

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About Pleasant Valley State Prison

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Mission Statement

Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) manages public safety and public service while providing modern long-term housing and professional rehabilitative services for inmate of all custody levels. We provide excellence in state service. While maintaining the highest public safety security protocols, Education and Career Technical skills are offered to inmates through our academic classes, vocational instruction, and work programs to create viable job skills that are marketable in today's workforce. We offer a multitude of self-help programs inclusive of Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that are developed to aid in the inmates' ability to make positive life changing decisions while giving back to society.

We offer support to our local community through inmate work crews, mutual aid agreements in fire suppression and with local Law Enforcement Agencies to provide enhanced support through the Crisis Response Team's, in addition to a youth diversion program for at-risk children. We offer one of the state's first Enhanced Program Facilities for those inmates who choose to better themselves through positive programming. Our Youth Offender Program offers a voluntary intensive rehabilitative treatment program for Youthful Offenders to address their educational, emotional, and social and behavior needs. Our goal is to provide modern rehabilitative services to the inmate population while developing life and social skills to those preparing to reintegrate back into society. Our licensed Correctional Treatment Center provides short-term inpatient medical care, diagnostic evaluation, and treatment of inmates, including these in need of intervention in our Mental Health Crisis Bed housing. We are able to provide modern medical care for those inmate patients designated as low to medium medical risk. PVSP provides professional medical and mental health services in modern facilities for those in inmates identified through clinical intervention.

Special Recruitment

Pleasant Valley State Prison is actively recruiting the following positions:

  • Correctional Officer
  • Correctional Supervising Cook, CF
  • Supervising Correctional Cook, DOC
  • Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse
  • Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychiatric Technicians

For information on Correctional Officer careers, please contact (559) 935-4965, Monday through Friday between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm. For Mental Health careers, contact the Field Liaison Analyst at (559) 935-4900, ext. 5620, Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. For Medical careers contact the Supervising Registered Nurse III at (559) 935-4900, ext. 5722.

Warden Frauenheim

About the Warden

Scott Frauenheim has been warden or acting warden at Pleasant Valley State Prison since 2013.

Warden Frauenheim held multiple positions at Avenal State Prison from 2009 to 2013, including chief deputy warden and correctional administrator.

He was facility captain at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility from 2007 to 2009, and held multiple positions there from 2001 to 2006, as well as at Kern Valley State Prison from 2006 to 2007.

He held multiple positions at Pleasant Valley State Prison from 1997 to 2001. Frauenheim was a correctional officer at Ironwood State Prison from 1994 to 1997.