Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP)

Main Phone: (760) 922-5300

Physical Address: 19025 Wiley’s Well Rd., Blythe, CA 92225 (Directions)

  • General Mailing: P.O. Box 2289, Blythe, CA 92226
  • Inmate Mailing (all facilities): P.O. Box 2349, Blythe, CA 92226
  • PIA:  Laundry, Health Facility Maintenance
  • Vocational:  Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Auto Body and Fender, Auto Mechanics, Building Maintenance, Computer Literacy, Electrical Works, Electronics, Masonry, Offices Services and Related Technologies, Plumbing, and Welding.
  • Academic: Adult Basic Education Level 1, GED, Facility and Library Literacy Programs, Computer Assisted Instruction Lab, Adult Basic Education Model 2, College Programs, and Voluntary Education Program (VEP).
  • Other:  Victims Awareness, Alternatives to Violence Program, Parenting classes, Toastmasters, Veteran’s Group, AA/NA and Friends Outside.
  • OSATS:  Re-entry Hub Services, Substance Abuse Treatment, Anger Management Treatment, Criminal Thinking Treatment, Family Relations and Transitions to Parole.

DRP Programs

CDCR’s Division of Rehabilitative Programs offers a wide range of programs for inmates. Check to see which programs are offered at this institution.

Ideal weather, centrally located, year-round entertainment and affordable housing make Blythe an attractive place to live. Located along the border of California and Arizona, Blythe is also close enough to Palm Springs, Lake Havasu, Big Bear Lake and Las Vegas for weekend getaways. Blythe has 360 days of sunshine and winter temperatures ranging from 55 to 75 degrees, with the average summer temps from 85 to 110. You can golf, camp, hunt, fish, off-road explore as well as boat, waterski and canoe along the beautiful Colorado River.

picture of Big Bear Lake

Picture of Palm Springs

CVSP occupies approximately 125 acres, within 1735 acres owned by the State of California. Groundbreaking for CVSP took place in March 1987. Activation occurred on December 5, 1988. Ironwood State Prison (ISP) is located next to CVSP and shares part of the 1735 acres.

CVSP’s design capacity is 1738; current population as of January 31, 2019 is 2733. CVSP is comprised of four Level II Non-Designated Programming Facility Yards and one Level I Non-Designated Programming Facility Yard.

CVSP maintains operation of a fire house, water treatment plant, waste water treatment plant, the vehicle maintenance garage, recycling and salvage program (RASP) for CVSP and ISP. In addition to the above, CVSP provides laundry services via Prison Industry Authority (PIA) for CVSP and ISP.

The fire house is comprised of one fire chief; five fire captains and ten inmate firefighters. The fire house responds to local mutual aid and provides coverage for CVSP and ISP. The fire department personnel provide training and certification for inmate firefighters to be prepared for job placement upon parole.

Warden Hill

Charles W. Callahan was appointed Warden at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison in September 2017. Mr. Callahan had been acting Warden at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison since January 2017.  Prior to that, Mr. Callahan was assigned as acting Warden at California City Correctional Facility in November 2016.  Prior to this assignment, he was Chief Deputy Warden at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison since 2013.  He also was Correctional Administrator from 2008 – 2013 at Valley State Prison.

Between 1995 and 2008 Mr. Callahan held several positions at Centinela State Prison and Valley State Prison including: Material and Stores Supervisor I, Vocational Instructor, Procurement and Services Officer II, Staff Services Manager I, Correctional Business Manager I/II and Correctional Administrator.

Mr. Callahan began his career with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in August 1995 at Centinela State Prison.

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John E. Murrain is a native of Harlem, New York. He graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, received a Bachelor of Science in Communications, a Master of Business Administration in Marketing Management from the University of New Haven, and a Master of Public Health from Yale University School of Public Health. Mr. Murrain has over 30 years of health care administration experience in a wide variety of settings including an academic medical center, Big 5 consulting, federal agencies, municipal healthcare organizations and a for-profit correctional corporation. Over the years he has developed an expertise in leading quality process change improvement initiatives, ambulatory services re-engineering, deployment of military healthcare operations, and preparing correctional healthcare facilities for multiple accreditation inspections. He believes strongly that “Team Work Makes The Dream Work”. He has a passion for volunteering, with an emphasis on projects that address and help improve maternal child health disparities and increasing access to healthcare services for children.

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.