Wasco State Prison

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Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP)
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Aerial View
Location Wasco, California
Coordinates 35°35′38″N 119°24′31″W / 35.5939°N 119.4087°W / 35.5939; -119.4087Coordinates: 35°35′38″N 119°24′31″W / 35.5939°N 119.4087°W / 35.5939; -119.4087
Status Operational
Security class Medium
Capacity 3,190
Population 4,971 (166.6%) (as of 31 December 2012[1])
Opened 1991
Managed by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Warden Felix M. Vasquez

Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP) is a 634-acre (257 ha) state prison located in Wasco, Kern County, California.

The Wasco facility was the first of two reception centers in Kern County. The primary mission is to provide short term housing necessary to process, classify, and evaluate new inmates physically and mentally, to determine their security level, program requirements, and appropriate institutional placement. A 400-bed medium custody facility houses general population inmates to help support and maintain the reception center. A minimum custody facility provides institutional maintenance and landscaping services.[2]


  1. ^ Offender Information Services Branch (3 January 2013). "Monthly Report of Population" (PDF). California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: 2. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Wasco State Prison official webpage". Archive.org. Archived from the original on March 2, 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2009. 

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