Saturdays, Sundays, and Designated Holidays* from 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
* New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas
Visiting at CVSP is available on weekends and major holidays. Visiting hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., with visitor processing beginning at 8:00 a.m. No visitor will be processed after 1:45 p.m.
All adults seeking to visit an inmate shall provide a completed visiting questionnaire and obtain institution/facility approval before coming to visit. It is the inmate's responsibility to forward a visiting questionnaire to any and all prospective visitors. Inmates in Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) requires an appointment for visits. ASU visiting appointments are made on a weekly basis. Please contact our visiting staff for ASU appointments and for any further information regarding visiting at (760) 922-5300, ext. 5403; or the CVSP Visiting Hotline at 1 (800) 374-8474.
A CDCR funded Visitor Center is at the institution operated by a community-based organization under contract to CDCR. The Visitor Center provides visiting assistance to family members and friends including a sheltered place to wait before and after visits, transportation to and from local transit terminals, childcare, clothing appropriate for visits on loan, and information about local resources, visiting rules and regulations.
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.
CVSP is located approximately 90 miles east of Palm Springs, off of Interstate 10, next to Ironwood State Prison.
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The mission of Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) is to provide long-term housing and services for male felons classified as minimum and medium custody inmates who require placement on a Sensitive Needs Yard. CVSP provides work and study opportunities for all inmates through prison industries, support services, academic education and vocational instruction. Through CVSP’s re-entry program inmates can enroll in programs such as anger management, substance abuse, family relations and criminal thinking. Inmates can also enroll in college courses.
CVSP occupies approximately 125 acres, within 1,735 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 1,735 acres.
CVSP’s design capacity is 1,738; current population as of December 31, 2016 is 2,572. CVSP is comprised of four Level II Sensitive Needs Yards and one Level I Sensitive Needs Yard.
CVSP maintains operation of a fire house, water treatment plant, waste water treatment plant, the vehicle maintenance garage, and the 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.
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.