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Pleasant Valley State Prison Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Honors 73 Long-time Employees

COALINGA- On Oct. 16, Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) celebrated its 25th year of operation with an anniversary celebration that took attendees down memory lane.

PVSP Warden Scott Frauenheim and Chief Deputy Warden Jonathan Buckley recognized 73 employees who have worked at the prison since its inception or have 25 years of service with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Each celebrant was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and 25-year pin. The PVSP Employee Action Committee (EAC) presented the institution with a Memorial Wall to recognize those PVSP staff that have passed.

“I have worked at many institutions throughout my career, but Pleasant Valley is hands down, the best prison in the state,” said Frauenheim. “It is easy to see why so many people continue their career here.  The camaraderie is second to none. We really are one big family.  We were built on a solid foundation that has lasted 25 years and PVSP continues to build future leaders.”

During the event, PVSP celebrated the grand opening of its Equestrian Program, a rehabilitative college course that will teach essential job skills to inmates interested in equine therapy and rehabilitation. Participants will work with retired racehorses to become certified grooms, providing the opportunity to get jobs at ranches and racetracks upon release. The program was founded through the collaboration of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, Harris Farms, West Hills College Coalinga, and CDCR.

Special guests at the celebration included CDCR’s Director of the Division of Adult Institutions Connie Gipson, Deputy Director of Facility Operations Kimberly Seibel, Associate Director of the Division of Adult Institutions Sandra Alfaro, Mayor of Coalinga Ron Ramsey, Coalinga Police Chief Darren Blevins and Coalinga City Manager Sean Brewer. Guests also included executives from other CDCR institutions, and PVSP retirees, including former Warden James Yates.  

PVSP manages public safety and public service while providing long-term housing and rehabilitative services for inmates of all custody levels. Education and career skills are offered to inmates through academic classes, vocational instruction, and work programs to create marketable job skills upon release. Founded in 1994, PVSP houses about 3,200 inmates and employs 1300 staff members. For more information, visit


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