California State Prison, Solano

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California State Prison, Solano (SOL)
Aerial view of Solano State Prison.jpg
LocationVacaville, California
Coordinates38°19′19″N 121°58′30″W / 38.322°N 121.975°W / 38.322; -121.975Coordinates: 38°19′19″N 121°58′30″W / 38.322°N 121.975°W / 38.322; -121.975
Security classMedium
Population3,255 (124.7% capacity) (as of July 31, 2022[1])
OpenedAugust 1984
Managed byCalifornia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
WardenRobert Neuschmid[2]

California State Prison, Solano (SOL) is a male-only state prison located in the city of Vacaville, Solano County, California, adjacent to the California Medical Facility. The facility is also referenced as Solano State Prison, CSP-Solano, and CSP-SOL.[3][4][5]


SOL's 146 acres (59 ha) include the following facilities, among others:[3]

  • Level II housing: Open dormitories with secure perimeter fences and armed coverage
  • Level III housing: Individual cells, fenced perimeters and armed coverage

Population and staff[edit]

As of fiscal year 2006/2007, SOL had a total of 1,308 staff and an annual operating budget of $158.4 million.[6] As of February 2011, it had a design capacity of 2,610 but a total institution population of 5,050, for an occupancy rate of 193.5 percent.[7]

As of July 31, 2022, SOL was incarcerating people at 124.7% of its design capacity, with 3,255 occupants.[1]


Location of Vacaville within Solano County, and location of Solano County within California

The California State Prison at Solano opened in August 1984.[8] SOL was overseen by the warden of the California Medical Facility until January 1992, when a separate warden was assigned.[9] By 1998, SOL was so crowded that "emergency triple bunks" were added.[10] In 2008/2009 triple bunking was removed and the gyms by August 2009 were not holding inmates.[citation needed]

A 2001 U.S. District Court ruling and a 2002 U.S. Court of Appeals decision supported the "right of Muslim inmates" at SOL "to attend regular weekly religious services and wear beards in accordance with their faith".[11]

Notable inmates[edit]


  1. ^ a b "California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: Monthly Report of Population As of Midnight July 31, 2022" (PDF). California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Internal Oversight and Research. July 31, 2022. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 5, 2022. Retrieved September 5, 2022.
  2. ^ CDCR. "CDCR - California State Prison Solano (SOL)". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  3. ^ a b California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. California's Correctional Facilities. 6 March 2011.
  4. ^ California State Prison, Solano (SOL) Guide. Prison Talk Online thread, 14 May 2006, accessed 16 Dec 2007.
  5. ^ Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments. Archived 2008-10-26 at the Wayback Machine 21 Dec 2006.
  6. ^ California State Prison, Solano (SOL) (2009). "Institution Statistics". California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  7. ^ California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Monthly Report of Population as of Midnight February 23, 2011.
  8. ^ Furillo, Andy. "Prison boom fades. As the building grinds to a stop, officials grapple less with housing criminals and more with figuring out how to return them to society." Sacramento Bee, July 12, 2004.
  9. ^ California State Prison, Solano (SOL) (2011). "Historical Notes". California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  10. ^ Stites, Roxanne. Squeezing in surplus prisoners - Already overcrowded, California State Prison, Solano ready for "triple bunking" to hold even more. The Reporter (Vacaville, CA), April 13, 1998.
  11. ^ "Hamlin, Brian. Inmates can worship on their terms". The Reporter (Vacaville, CA), December 31, 2002.
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  13. ^ newspapers
  14. ^ a b c "CDCR Public Inmate Locator Disclaimer".
  15. ^ "Spoon Jackson". 28 April 2021.
  16. ^ "'Monster Kody' — Monster No More?". 10 September 2019.
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  18. ^ "Dispatch: Inmate ordained to priesthood in Solano State Prison". Archived from the original on 14 September 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  19. ^ "Inmate Who Became a Priest is Paroled by Gov". Los Angeles Times. 10 March 2006.
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