Kern Valley State Prison

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Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP)
Kern Valley State Prison (2012-01-28) (crop).jpg
KVSP during a foggy winter morning
Aerial view
LocationDelano, California
Coordinates35°45′58″N 119°19′30″W / 35.7661°N 119.3251°W / 35.7661; -119.3251Coordinates: 35°45′58″N 119°19′30″W / 35.7661°N 119.3251°W / 35.7661; -119.3251
Security classMaximum
Population2,907 (118.7% capacity) (as of July 31, 2022[1])
OpenedJune 2005
Managed byCalifornia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
WardenChristian Pfeiffer

Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) is a male-only state prison in Delano, California. Kern Valley is a Level IV Maximum Security institution, opened in June 2005 with a design capacity of 2,448 inmates. The facility is adjacent to North Kern State Prison and has an annual operating budget of US$123 million.

As of July 31, 2022, Kern Valley was incarcerating people at 118.7% of its design capacity, with 2,907 occupants.[1]

Location of Delano in Kern County, and Kern County in California

Notable inmates[edit]

  • Juan Manuel Alvarez, serving 11 life sentences without possibility of parole for parking an SUV on the tracks causing a train collision that lead to 11 deaths and 177 injuries.

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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.

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