Kern Valley State Prison – California

Know somebody incarcerated at Kern Valley State Prison? Kern Valley State Prison is a state correctional facility in the California state prison system, which is part of the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation. This site will tell you information about anything a person needs to know about Kern Valley State Prison,like: How to do a prison inmate search. How to visit Kern Valley State Prison inmates. The prison’s address and phone number. How to send mail and money to an inmate. And much more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Kern Valley State Prison
State: California
County: Kern
DOC: California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
Security Level: Minimum
Warden Name: Martin Biter

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Contact Information

Here you have the mailing address and street address for Kern Valley State Prison. Use the mailing address if you are going to mail a package or letter to someone at Kern Valley State Prison, and make sure to use the street address if you want to know the location of the facility.

Mailing Address

You should check the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information below before you send something to someone in prison so that you correctly address the package or letter, and use the appropriate steps for sending a package or letter. If you do not follow the appropriate steps, the package or letter might not get to the inmate.

INMATE NAME & REGISTER NUMBER
Kern Valley State Prison
P.O. Box 3130 
Delano CA, 93216-6000

Street Address / Prison Location

Address

Kern Valley State Prison
3000 West Cecil Avenue 
Delano CA, 93216-6000

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (661) 721-6300
Fax:

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Use this address if you plan to visit a prisoner. Be sure to check the Inmate Visitation Schedule and Inmate Visitation Procedures information on this page if you are going to go to visit someone in prison at Kern Valley State Prison.

Kern Valley State Prison
3000 West Cecil Avenue 
Delano CA, 93216-6000

Directions

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Phone Number

Prisoners don’t have phones in their cells, so you won’t be able to call an inmate, however, there are some times when it might be useful to know the telephone number to the prison.
(661) 721-6300

Inmates may be able to make phone calls using:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Kern Valley State Prison inmates don’t have access to fax machines, so you can’t fax a letter to the inmate, but there are cases when it is useful to have the fax machine number to Kern Valley State Prison.

Email Address

The email address listed below is the primary email for the facility. You won’t be able to email prisoners using this email. If you want to email an inmate, check out the Inmate Email heading below.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:
Total Staff:

Inmate Email

To send email to a prisoner you must follow an exact process to make sure that the message gets to the prisoner.

Inmate Internet Access

Prison inmates do not have access to the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are important rules that you have to follow when sending postal mail to a state prison inmate. If you don’t follow these rules then the letters and packages might not get delivered.

Before you send anything, you should read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Kern Valley State Prison employees do open and inspect and read all incoming general packages and mail. Received general mail and packages may be read as frequently as deemed necessary to ensure safety and security or monitor a problem confronting inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Here is the correct format for how you must address a package or letter to an inmate at Kern Valley State Prison:

INMATE NAME & REGISTER NUMBER
Kern Valley State Prison
P.O. Box 3130 
Delano CA, 93216-6000

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Inmate Money

Every state correctional institution has a Commissary which serves to provide prisoners a bank type account for prisoner funds and for buying things not issued by the correctional facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources can add money to inmate’s accounts by sending it by Western Union or by mail.

Via U.S. Postal Service: Inmates’ families and friends are able to send inmates funds through postal mail and have to send those funds to the following address and follow the directions written below:

The deposit have to be a money order that is made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is best if you use a U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders that are processed through the National Lockbox will be held for a 15-day hold period, during which the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return funds that don’t have valid inmate info provided the envelope you sent it in has a return address. Checks and cash cannot be deposited to the inmate’s account so do not send checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

Inmates are frequently changed to various correctional facilities throughout the California prison system, so you might need to look up where an inmate is located using the inmate locator. Click on the link below to locate an California prison inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other California state prisons: California State Prisons

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit an inmate at Kern Valley State Prison, be sure that you be aware of this information:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Each state prison has their own rules for visitation and these policies change frequently. The procedures discussed here might be different now, so make sure to also go to Kern Valley State Prison’s official website to get the latest visitation rules.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The visitation officer will make sure all visitors sign the inmate visitors log when they enter the facility and upon exiting.

Identification Required

Picture id of all visitors is required. Acceptable forms of id are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state photo id is acceptable.

For all of the things shown below, check out the official prison facility website because this info is changed frequently:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Info about Kern Valley State Prison records coming.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Section about Kern Valley State Prison death row will be posted ASAP.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Parole

Information about California parole coming soon.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Release

Details about release procedures to be added later.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

Information about life at Kern Valley State Prison coming soon.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

News

Kern Valley State Prison news will be posted ASAP.

Photos

A section with photos of Kern Valley State Prison will be posted ASAP.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Kern Valley State Prison
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Kern Valley State Prison.

If you have any photos of Kern Valley State Prison that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you trying to find a prison job? Have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison facility in the past?

If so, check out: Kern Valley State Prison Jobs

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Website

The official website: Kern Valley State Prison Website

Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • You have the right to protection from the accused.
  • You have the right to notification.
  • You have the right to attend proceedings.
  • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • You have the right to restitution.
  • You have the right to a speedy trial.
  • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

Click here to leave a comment

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Family Resources

More information about family resources coming.

History

Kern Valley State Prison history to be added later.

Such as:

  • Famous Kern Valley State Prison inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Links

Information About Other California State Prisons: California State Prisons

Kern Valley State Prison Links

The official website: Kern Valley State Prison Website
Kern Valley State Prison Jobs

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Links

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Main Website
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Prison Directory
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Prison Map
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Prison Jobs
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Prison Inmate Search
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Most Wanted

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Visitation Policies
Sending Money to a California State Prison Inmate
JPay Services for California State Prison Inmates
Sending Mail to California State Prison Inmates
Sending Packages to California State Prison Inmates
California State Prison Inmate Phone Calls

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Kern Valley State Prison

Have you ever been incarcerated in Kern Valley State Prison? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this correctional facility?

If you have, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write about what you experienced so that others will know what to expect.

Things you can put in the review:

  • Facility conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Prison staff and Guards
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Safety
  • Gangs
  • Inmate activities and programs

If you are an inmate at this facility, post your address if you want people to be able to mail you.


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