Chuckawalla Valley State Prison

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Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP)
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Aerial View
Location Blythe, California
Coordinates 33°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
Status Operational
Security class Medium
Capacity 1,738
Population 2,902 (167%) (as of March 1, 2018[1])
Opened December 1988
Managed by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Warden Charles W. Callahan[2]

Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) is located south of Interstate 10, in a detached section of Blythe, California, that lies west of the main portion of the city. It is located in eastern Riverside County, California, adjacent to Ironwood State Prison.

The prison opened in December 1988 and covers 1,720 acres (700 ha). Although the prison was designed to hold 1,738 inmates, in 2008-2009 it had 3,222 prisoners, with a staff of 751. The annual budget of the prison is around US$83 million.[3]


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

Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, opened in 1988, is a Level II, Medium Security Facility, designed to house approximately 2,300 convicted felons. 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.

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, population 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.


  1. ^ "California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: Monthly Report of Population as of Midnight February 28, 2018" (PDF). California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Internal Oversight and Research. March 1, 2018. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  2. ^ CDCR. "CDCR - Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP)". Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  3. ^ Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) (2009). "Institution Statistics". California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 

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