Wasco State Prison

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Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP)
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Aerial View
LocationWasco, California
Coordinates35°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
Security classMedium
Population4,121 (138.1% capacity) (as of April 30, 2020[1])
Managed byCalifornia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
WardenJohn Sutton[2]

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.[3]

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

As of April 30, 2020, Wasco was incarcerating people at 138.1% of its design capacity, with 4,121 occupants.[1]

Notable Inmates[edit]


  1. ^ a b "California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: Monthly Report of Population As of Midnight April 30, 2020" (PDF). California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Internal Oversight and Research. April 30, 2020. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 2, 2020. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  2. ^ CDCR. "CDCR - Wasco State Prison (WSP)". www.cdcr.ca.gov. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  3. ^ "Wasco State Prison official webpage". Archive.org. Archived from the original on March 2, 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2009.
  4. ^ https://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/story/2019-07-26/irvine-man-sentenced-to-life-without-parole-for-killing-his-business-partner-a-laguna-beach-resident
  5. ^ https://inmatelocator.cdcr.ca.gov/Details.aspx?ID=BK2390

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