Main Phone: (559) 386-0587
Physical Address: #1 Kings Way, Avenal, CA 93204 (Directions)
Learn about contacting, visiting, and corresponding with inmates and juveniles who are in our institutions.
ASP currently provides services to 972 inmates in our academic classrooms, divided evenly between ABE I, II, and III/GED. Each class provides two three-hour sessions of instruction daily to 27 students each. Each of our six facilities has three academic classrooms; one each of ABE I, ABE II, and ABE III/GED, for a total of 18 classrooms.
CDCR's Division of Rehabilitative Programs offers a wide range of programs for inmates. Check to see which programs are offered at this institution.
Avenal State Prison is located approximately 20 miles south of Coalinga and 14 miles west of Interstate 5. The city of Avenal has a small town/community feel to it. But if you like a bigger city, Fresno is about an hour northeast. Because of Avenal’s central location in the state, getaways to the California coastline, Hume Lake or the giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park are nice options. Avenal has quality schools, a library and museum along with a small town feel. Avenal is a great place to live and work and not too far from the rest of the Golden State.
ASP is a Reentry Hub programming hub which is geared to ensure that, upon release, offenders are ready for the transition back into society. We help develop parole plans, provide prisoners assistance with developing social skills and obtaining services in their local communities, promote public support.
Inmate Leisure Time Activity Groups (ILTAGS) Currently, ASP offers 18 ILTAGS with active inmate participation. ILTAGS are 12-step recovery programs where inmates learn to acknowledge their addictions and the need to live a sober life. The programs are conducted in a classroom setting utilizing staff sponsors. Participants are provided materials donated by outside groups, as well as books purchased by the institution. These groups are facilitated on Facilities A thru F.
Avenal prison was the first institution solicited by a local community. When it opened in 1987, it was the first all-new prison built in California in 20 years and was originally known as Kings County State Prison. On February 22, 1988, it was officially named Avenal State Prison.
Rosemary Ndoh, Warden.
Rosemary Ndoh been warden or acting warden at Avenal State Prison since November 2015. She has held multiple positions from 2002 to 2015 to include Chief Deputy Warden, Correctional Administrator, and Principal at ASP. Prior to working at ASP, she was the Assistant Principal at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility from 1997 to 2002 and held a position as an Academic Teacher from 1993 to 1997 at Centinela State Prison.
Donald McElroy has been the CEO at ASP since 2010. From 2014 through 2016, he was simultaneously CEO at both ASP and Pleasant Valley State Prison. Mr. McElroy started his career in healthcare as a department director in a public hospital, working his way up to the first of 3 hospital CEO positions in 1996.
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.