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Valley State Prison (VSP)

Aerial view of Valley State Prison for Women. CLICK to download a copy.
Physical Address: Mailing Address:
21633 Avenue 24
Chowchilla, CA 93610
(559) 665-6100
P. O. Box 99
Chowchilla, CA 93610-0099
Inmate Mailing Addresses: Inmate Moneygram:
General Inmate Mail
P, O. Box 92
Chowchilla, CA 93610-0092
P. O. Box 94
Chowchilla, CA 93610-0094
Valley State Prison Institutional Staff Inmate Legal Mail:
P. O. Box 99
Chowchilla, CA 93610-0099
P. O. Box 96
Chowchilla, CA 93610-0096

Raythel Fisher Jr., Warden
Raythel Fisher Jr.,
Warden (A)



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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Valley State Prison - Mission Statement

The mission of Valley State Prison (VSP) is multi-fold. VSP functions as a Level II, General Population institution housing inmates requiring Sensitive Needs Yard (SNY) placement. VSP also houses inmates who are assigned to the Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP). The EOP provides a higher level of mental health treatment for inmate requiring a more enhanced treatment plan with mental health staff. VSP has been identified as a Re-Entry hub for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (CDCR). As a Re-Entry hub, VSP will focus on needs based rehabilitative services to include substance abuse and cognitive behavioral training. VSP offers educational and vocational training, along with work skills training through the Prison Industry Authority Optical and Laundry programs.

Institutional History

VSP was constructed and dedicated in 1995. The original name for VSP was Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW). VSPW housed multi-level female felons and served CDCR as the stateís only Security Housing Unit (SHU) for the female offender population. In 2011, the California Legislature passed, and Governor Brown signed into law, Assembly Bill 109 (AB109) the Governorís Public Safety Re-Alignment bill. The result of that law was a decrease in the female offender population and the recidivism rate. CDCR seeing the drastic reduction in the female population saw the opportunity to utilize VSPW to house level II SNY male inmates. In October 2012, VSPW began a historic conversion from an all female institution to an all male institution. In January 2013, the conversion was successfully completed and the name changed to Valley State Prison or VSP.