Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP)

Main Phone: (661) 721-6300

Physical Address: 3000 West Cecil Avenue, Delano, CA 93216-6000 (Directions)

Staff Mailing Address:

  • P.O. Box 3130, Delano, CA 93216-6000

Inmate Mailing Addresses (by facility)*:

  • Facility ‘A’, P.O. Box 5101, Delano, CA 93216
  • Facility ‘B’, P.O. Box 5102, Delano, CA 93216
  • Facility ‘C’, P.O. Box 5103, Delano, CA 93216
  • Facility ‘D’, P.O. Box 5104, Delano, CA 93216
  • Facility ‘M’, P.O. Box 5105, Delano, CA 93216
  • ASU1, P.O. Box 5107, Delano, CA 93216
  • ASU2, P.O. Box 5106, Delano, CA 93216

* Make sure to include inmate’s name and CDCR number as well as last known housing.

Visiting Inmates: learn how to visit inmates in-person or by video at our institutions.

Other Resources: explore family & friends resources, including how to contact or send packages to inmates in our institutions.

Career Technical Education: Auto Mechanics, Computer Related Technologies, Electronics, Electrical Works, Masonry, Plumbing, Small Engine Repair, and Welding.

  • Assessments:General Educational Development (GED) and Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).
  • Certifications: Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS): Word, Excel, and Power Point, Outdoor Power Equipment Specialist Association (OPESA), and National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

Academic: Adult Basic Education (ABE) I, II, III, and GED.

  • Assessments: Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS), GED, and TABE/

Library:  Law and Recreational services available.

Physical Education: Indoor and outdoor tournaments and special events solely for those inmate participants over 55 years of age.

Television Specialist: Monitors the closed circuit television system approved for inmate entertainment, information, and education

DRP Programs
Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment (ISUDT)–Overview
On January 21, 2020, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) implemented ISUDT.  ISUDT is a comprehensive and evidence-based cross-divisional program with pathways to treatment through DRP Cognitive Behavioral Interventions (CBI) programs referred to as:

CBI-Intensive Outpatient (Medical Classification T1, SOMS assignment code ISI) 2-hours/day, 5-days/week, 52-weeks completion

CBI-Outpatient  (Medical Classification T2, SOMS assignment code ISO) 2-hours/day, 3-days/week, 14-weeks completion

CBI-Life Skills (Medical Classification T3, SOMS assignment code CB2) 2-hours/day, 3-days/week, 29-weeks completion

All participants will be assessed by medical and referred to one of the CBI classes.

Family Liaison Service Specialist
CDCR provides through a contract with a community-based organization an on-site Case Manager as a family reunification liaison for inmates and family members, to assist with an inmates pre-release preparation; and conduct Parenting and Creative Conflict Resolution classes for inmates. Please call the Institution to contact the Family Reunification Liaison.

Kern Valley State Prison is located in Delano, a culturally diverse community that celebrates their culture and heritage with festivals throughout the year. There’s the Cinco de Mayo celebration in early May, put on by the Cinco de Mayo Fiestas Incorporated, and a few months later, the Filipino culture is celebrated with the Philippine Weekend, 30 years old and still going strong. In the fall, there’s the Harvest Holidays, a four-day festival of fun. Agriculture is the heart and soul of the community. There are 260,000 acres of citrus groves in California; 70% of those are in the Central Valley and 121,000 acres of table grapes grown in the counties of Fresno, Kern and Tulare. The Delano Breezeway Murals are a must see and a way to showcase the culture, agriculture and the people who shaped a way of life in this Central Valley community.

mural painting of Algodones Dunes
Salton Sea


KVSP is a Level IV facility consisting of four semi-autonomous 180 designed facilities and two stand-alone Administrative Segregation Units, all surrounded by a Lethal Electrified Perimeter Fence.

There is also a Level I Minimum Support Facility. It is on 600 acres. KVSP received Level I’s in June 2005 and Level IV’s in July 2005.

Warden Christian Pfeiffer

Christian Pfeiffer has been warden or acting Warden at Kern Valley State Prison since November 2015. He held multiple positions at Kern Valley State Prison from 2012 to 2015, including Chief Deputy Warden and Correctional Administrator.

He was the Classification and Paroles Representative at Wasco State Prison – Reception Center from 2008 to 2012.

Prior to 2008, he held numerous positions at Kern Valley State Prison, California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran, and Regional Accounting Office- Corcoran. The positions include Correctional Counselor I, Correctional Counselor II and Accounting Officer and Accountant Trainee.

Headshot of Celia Bell

Celia Bell began her career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 1997 and was most recently serving as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at CSP-Corcoran since August 2016. Celia began her position as CEO at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) in January 2022.

Celia was assigned as the Chief Support Executive (CSE) at several prisons, which include California Correctional Institution (CCI), California City Correctional Facility (CAC), and Wasco State Prison – Reception Center (WSP) from 2014 to 2016.

Prior to 2014, Celia held numerous positions at CCI, WSP, CAC, KVSP, and Regional Accounting Office – Bakersfield. The positions include Health Program Manager III, Health Program Specialist I, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, Personnel Specialist, and Accountant I. Celia also served in the United States Army as an active duty and reserve member from 1990 to 2004. Celia holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (Management).

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.