Chuckawalla Valley State Prison

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Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP)
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LocationBlythe, California
Coordinates33°33′48″N 114°54′33″W / 33.5634°N 114.9091°W / 33.5634; -114.9091Coordinates: 33°33′48″N 114°54′33″W / 33.5634°N 114.9091°W / 33.5634; -114.9091
Security classMedium
Population2,176 (125.2% capacity) (as of July 31, 2022[1])
OpenedDecember 1988
Managed byCalifornia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
WardenCharles W. Callahan[2]

Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) is a male-only state prison located south of Interstate 10, in a detached section of Blythe, California in Riverside County. CVSP is adjacent to Ironwood State Prison. The prison is scheduled for closure.[3]


Location of Blythe in Riverside County, and Riverside County in California

Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, opened in December 1988, is a Level II, Medium Security Facility covering 1,720 acres (700 ha). Primary housing consists of 11 open dormitory style building on four main yards. Each housing unit contains 340 beds. There is also a Level I yard which consists of two buildings with 200 beds each. The Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) serves as a temporary home for those who are found guilty of severe rule violations while incarcerated. ASU is composed of 100 cells, each containing two beds. The annual budget of the prison is around US$83 million.[4]

Although the prison was designed to hold 1,738 inmates, in 2008-2009 it had 3,222 prisoners, with a staff of 751.

As of July 31, 2022, CVSP was incarcerating people at 125.2% of its design capacity, with 2,176 occupants.[1]

Inmates are allowed to enter and leave their living quarters as they wish, except at night, during count times, or during lockdown procedures. As of 2016, CVSP Facilities have been designated as SNY, or Special Needs Yards. These are reserved for sex offenders, gang drop-outs, former law enforcement personnel, as Ironwood State Prison (ISP) does next door.

The prison is staffed by approximately 400 sworn officers and 350 ancillary staff. Although the officers are trained in the use of firearms, most are armed with only pepper spray and a baton while on duty.

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  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 - Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP)". Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Jones, Chloe (December 6, 2021). "State closing major portion of California Men's Colony prison in San Luis Obispo". The Tribune.
  4. ^ Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) (2009). "Institution Statistics". California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2011.
  5. ^ "Jennifer San Marco". August 21, 2020.
  6. ^ "Inmate Locator." California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Retrieved on November 10, 2010. "RODRIGUEZ, ANTHONY GABRIEL K65397 41 09/02/1997 Centinela"

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