Salinas Valley State Prison

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Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP)
Seal of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.png
Aerial View
LocationMonterey County,
near Soledad, California
Coordinates36°28′45″N 121°22′26″W / 36.4792°N 121.3739°W / 36.4792; -121.3739Coordinates: 36°28′45″N 121°22′26″W / 36.4792°N 121.3739°W / 36.4792; -121.3739
Security classMaximum
Population2,941 (102.5% capacity) (as of July 31, 2022[1])
OpenedMay 1996
Managed byCalifornia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
WardenMatthew Atchley

Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) is a 300-acre (120 ha) California state prison located 5 miles (8 km) north of Soledad, in Monterey County, California, adjacent to the Correctional Training Facility (aka Soledad State Prison).


The prison consists of five facilities: A, B, C, D, and M. Of the five, Facility A, D, and M house Sensitive Needs Yard (SNY)[clarification needed] inmates. The surrounding housing units hold level-4 and level-3 inmates, the two highest security rankings. M yard is a level-1 yard which houses approximately 200 inmates.

The prison had a gymnasium which, due to the prison's over-crowding, at one time had been converted into a dormitory but due to inmate population reductions was shut down around 2008.

The prison also houses an inpatient mental health program, formerly operated under the auspices of the California Department of State Hospitals (Salinas Valley Psychiatric Inpatient Program) to accommodate the psychological needs of inmates.

As of July 31, 2022, SVSP was incarcerating people at 102.5% of its design capacity, with 2,941 occupants.[1]

Notable prisoners[edit]

Location of Soledad in Monterey County, and Monterey County in California

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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. ^ Inmate Locator, inmate BN7087

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