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
Population3,331 (as of 6 December 2013[1])
OpenedMay 1996
Managed byCalifornia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
WardenWilliam Muniz

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 a Department of Mental Health Intermediate Treatment Program (Salinas Valley Psychiatric Program) to accommodate the psychological needs of inmates.

Notable prisoners[edit]

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

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  1. ^ Offender Information Services Branch (3 January 2013). "Monthly Report of Population" (PDF). California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: 2. Retrieved 15 January 2013.

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