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    Thread: High Desert State Prison (HDSP) Information Guide

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      High Desert State Prison (HDSP) Information Guide

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      High Desert State Prison (HDSP)

      475-750 Rice Canyon Rd.
      Susanville, CA 96127

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      Mission Statement, Statistics, Programs and History

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      Physical Address All Staff
      Inmate Mail
      Inmate Trust
      475-750 Rice Canyon Rd.
      Susanville, CA 96127
      (530) 251-5100
      P.O. Box 750
      Susanville, CA 96127-0750
      P.O. Box 3030
      Susanville, CA.
      P.O. Box 270-220
      Susanville, CA.

      High Desert State Prison - Mission Statement
      The primary mission of High Desert State Prison (HDSP) is to provide for the confinement of general population and sensitive needs high security (level IV) and medium security (level III) inmates. The institution also serves as a Reception Center for New Commitment, Parole Violators with a New Term and Parole Violator inmates accommodating ten Northern California Counties. Our inmate population consists of three (3) level IV yards, two (2) of which are 180 design buildings and one (1) 270 design yard. Our 270 design yard, Facility B, was converted to a Sensitive Needs Yard (SNY) in October 2007, which houses level IV SNY inmates within the 270 design housing units and level III SNY inmates in the Gymnasium (GYM). On our 270 design medium level III Facility A, approximately three of five buildings are designated Reception Center (RC) housing. The level III Facility also houses level I and II inmates within the Gymnasium. The majority of the level I inmates in the Gym are pending classification action for placement in our Minimum Support Facility (MSF). The MSF houses non camp eligible level I inmates who perform job duties in various areas of the institution outside the secure perimeter, such as the warehouse, garage, out grounds, staff snack bar, etc. Our Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) is located on our Facility D, 180 design housing and consists of two buildings, D7 and D8, and an overflow building, D6, in the event it becomes necessary. Approximately three years ago, a “stand alone” ASU was constructed, which is our Z-Unit. We house inmates with the lowest level custody, Minimum B all the way up to Maximum custody (ASU inmates). Design capacity for the entire institution is approximately 4,500 inmates

      Institution Details
      The majority of the prison's population is comprised of younger inmates who are serving long sentences and/or those who have proven to be management problems while in prison. Provided by HDSP are vocational programs, educational programs, and work assignments for those inmates who are willing to participate. HDSP has a 35 bed Correctional Treatment Center (CTC) to provide for the health care needs of the inmates. Additionally, HDSP is designed to house inmates with disabilities who require specialized placement to accommodate accessibility issues under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).
      Institution Operation
      In September 1995, following completion of construction, HDSP received our first inmates. In order of importance, the first housing units activated were on our Minimum Support Facility (MSF) followed closely by our two level III 270 design facilities. As the final stages were being completed, early in 1996, inmates began arriving for placement on our two High Security level IV 180 design facilities. Shortly thereafter, a 200-bed Reception Center (RC) was established. Since that time, the RC has grown in numbers to approximately as much as 600 inmates, which does fluctuate. In May 1997, one of our level III 270 design facilities was converted to a level IV general population to accommodate departmental needs. In October 2007, once again we converted our level IV 270 design general population facility to a level IV/III sensitive needs facility based on departmental needs.

      HDSP has an electrified fence surrounding the perimeter of our level III and IV facilities which provides a secure and cost effective method for preventing escapes.

      Institution Statistics
      The California Correctional Center opened in 1963, and covers a total of 1,100 acres. As of Fiscal Year 2008/2009, the following statistics apply:

      Number of custody staff:
      Number of support services staff:
      Number of medical staff Total number of staff:
      967 377 167 1,511

      Annual Budget
      General Education Medical
      $134 million $4 million $31 million

      Designed Bedspace & Count
      Facility Level
      Design Capacity
      200 398
      II / III
      400 812
      1,396 2,603
      AD SEG 343 394
      RC 100 684
      Total 2,452 4,792

      Inmate Programs:
      All Vocational programs are located on Facility B. Vocational programs offered include, auto body repair and refinishing, and building maintenance.
      Adult Basic Education, High School/GED, English as a Second Language, and Literacy Program.
      Religious, Victim Awareness, Alternative to Violence project, Alcohol/Narcotics Anonymous, Veterans group, Lifers Group, and Inside Out Dad.

      Family Reunification Liaison

      CDCR provides through a contract with a community-based organization an on-site Case Manager as a family reunification liaison for inmates and family members, to assist with an inmate’s pre-release preparation; and conduct Parenting and Creative Conflict Resolution classes for inmates.
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      Visiting information

      Visiting Days and Times Processing hours from Administrative Segregation
      Saturdays, Sundays
      8:00am - 2:30pm
      Holidays as designated by Title 15:
      New Year's Day, Independence Day,
      Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
      8:00 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. by advance appointment only

      For additional visiting information, please call the Visitor Processing Center at (530) 251-5100, ext. 5708.

      For the complete Visiting Guidelines Visit

      You must be approved before you can visit:

      Any adult wishing to visit a prisoner must first obtain approval from CDCR. You must apply for approval to visit by completing a Visitor Questionnaire (CDCR Form 106). You obtain the Visitor Questionnaire by having the prisoner you wish to visit send it to you. The prisoner must sign the questionnaire before sending it to the prospective visitor; the signature confirms the prisoner’s agreement to have the applicant added to his/her visiting list. It is important to fill out the questionnaire completely. The questionnaire calls for the applicant to list all criminal convictions and all arrests, even if the arrest never led to charges or conviction. CDCR will conduct a background check for arrests and convictions when processing the application and will deny approval to visit if the
      check indicates an arrest or conviction not listed on the questionnaire, so you should be thorough when completing the questionnaire. It is important to note that any contact with law enforcement may result in a record of the contact in the California Law Enforcement Telecommunication System, and may require clarification by the applicant. If you are unable to remember all the specifics about an arrest or conviction, be as specific as you can in providing the approximate date and the cause of the arrest.

      Mail the completed questionnaire to
      Attn: Visiting Sergeant and/or Lieutenant
      P.O. Box 750
      Susanville, CA 96127-0750

      Identification Required for Visiting

      All adults must present identification when being processed to visit. Acceptable forms of identification must be valid and current (not expired) and include:
      Also remember what you use on the CDCr 106 is the Identification you must bring with you to process for visiting
      • A driver’s license (from any state) with photo;
      • A Department of Motor Vehicle identification card (from any state) with photo;
      • An armed forces identification card with photo;
      • A United States Department of Justice Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) identification card;
      • A United States passport with photo or a foreign passport with photo; or
      • A photo identification issued by the Mexican Consulate.

      (children under 18 years old) are required to be accompanied by an adult who is an approved visitor. If the minor child(ren) is accompanied by his/her parent, the only paperwork necessary is a certified copy of the minor child(ren)’s birth certificate. If the minor is accompanied by his/her legal guardian, a certified copy of the minor child(ren)’s birth certificate and proof of legal guardianship is required. If the minor child(ren) is accompanied by someone other than his/her parent or legal guardian, in addition to the certified copy of the minor child(ren)’s birth certificate, the adult must also bring a notarized written consent authorization form (see
      Attachment 2
      ) signed by the minor child(ren)’s parent or legal guardian expressly giving permission for the minor child(ren) to visit a prisoner. The written consent authorization form must include the name of the prisoner the minor child(ren) is allowed to visit, the name of the person who is authorized to bring the minor child(ren) into the prison, and the date(s) of the proposed visit(s). The notarization must be on the original written consent authorization form and cannot be attached to it. The written consent authorization form to bring in a minor child(ren) must be updated each year.
      Attire Restrictions
      There are restrictions on what you may wear to a prison. In general, there are four rules to remember:
      1. Do not wear clothing that resembles the clothing that prisoners wear
      a. Blue denim pants;
      b. Blue chambray shirts;
      c. Orange jumpsuits or Orange tops with Orange bottoms;
      d. Red tops (Pleasant Valley State Prison only); or
      e. Dresses that resemble prisoner muumuu (female institutions only)
      2. Do not wear clothing that resembles what custodial staff wear
      a. Forest green pants;
      b. Tan shirts; or
      c. Camouflage
      3. Dress conservatively and modestly; and
      4. Do not wear any item that cannot be taken off and will not clear a metal detector
      (such as an underwire bra or clothing with metal buttons).

      There are specific restrictions:
      • No blue denim, blue chambray, orange jumpsuits or orange tops with orange bottoms;
      • No forest green bottoms with tan tops;
      • No camouflage unless identification shows active or reserve military personnel;
      • No strapless, halter, bare midriff, sheer, or transparent clothing;
      • No skirts, dresses, or shorts that expose more than two inches above the knee;
      • No clothing that exposes the breast, genitalia, or buttocks area;
      • No very tight, form-fitting attire;
      • No wigs, hairpieces, extensions, or other headpieces except for medical reasons and with prior approval;
      • No hats or gloves, except with prior approval or in inclement weather; and
      • No shower shoes.
      Items a Visitor May Bring

      Visitors are strictly limited in the items they may bring into the prison. Items allowed without prior approval are limited to the following:
      • A $50 limit per adult and $20 limit per minor; only as dollar bills, dollar coins and quarters (change machines are usually available but they may be out of order or out of change);
      • A small (generally 6” by 8”) clear, plastic purse or bag;
      • Two keys on a ring with no other attachments. One key may be an electronic car keys;
      • Identification (as previously specified);
      • A comb or brush; non-metallic, no pointed end or detachable parts;
      • A small unopened pack of tissues or a handkerchief; no bandannas;
      • A pair of prescription glasses;
      • Ten Photographs, no larger than 8” by 10”; photos may be shown to the prisoner, but must be taken out by the visitor at the end of the visit; photos cannot be Polaroid and may not include any sexual or gang images; photos will be viewed by staff during processing;
      • Documents up to 10 pages, no larger than 8-1/2” by 11” (standard size typing paper); usually such documents will be either papers for the prisoner’s signature (for example, tax forms), information to share with the prisoner (for example, pages showing classes available through a correspondence course), or family papers (for example, a child’s report card, certificate of achievement, or drawing), but they can be anything that can be sent to the prisoner through the mail. Documents will be viewed and read by staff during processing and must be taken out by the visitor at the end of the visit;
      If you have an infant or toddler
      • The following baby items are allowed when bringing in an infant or toddler: any combination of two factory-sealed single serving size, ready to feed
      bottles of baby formula or two transparent plastic baby bottles either empty or containing pre-mixed formula/milk/juice/water; three non-glass containers of baby food in sealed packaging; one plastic spoon; six disposable diapers; one sealed package of baby wipes; one change of clothing; one small blanket; two searchable small toys; one transparent pacifier; one burp cloth; baby carrier; and clear plastic diaper bag (12” by 20”);
      • Inclement weather gear that may include hoods, raincoats, hats, scarves, and gloves during the winter or sun hats during the summer. [Note: Prisons still vary on inclement weather gear; it is recommended you check prior to your visit.]
      I. Medical Items Allowed
      If you have a need to bring in items relating to a medical condition, you must have documentation from your doctor as to its need. The documentation must include the doctor’s name, address, telephone number, and medical license number and must be updated every two years. With such verification as to its medical necessity, the following are allowed:
      • Prescription medications that are life-sustaining or condition-stabilizing, such as inhalers or nitroglycerin; medications must be in the original pharmacy container with the patient’s name, the pharmacy name, and the doctor’s name, as well as the medication’s name. Quantities of medication are limited to what may be needed during the visit.
      • Mobility devices such as canes, crutches, and wheelchairs; some prisons do not allow personal canes, crutches, or wheelchairs to be taken into visiting but require the visitor to exchange his/her personal device for a prison-issue device and then exchange back after the visit.
      • Hats with documentation that they are medically necessary.
      • Seat cushions or backs with documentation that they are medically necessary.
      • If you have an implant or prosthetic device that includes metal and will set off the metal detector, you must have documentation from a doctor specifying the nature and location of the implant or device. With such documentation, staff will use a wand to sweep your body instead of the metal detector to ensure security.

      General Directions:

      High Desert State Prison is located 210 miles North of Sacramento, 298 miles North East of San Francisco. It is next to California Correctional Center. For additional information, visit this link to customize your driving directions.

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      Friends on the Outside

      For over 50 years,
      Friends Outside has been providing services to
      incarcerated and reentering people, their families and communities.

      A Brief History of Friends Outside

      Established in 1955 by Rosemary Goodenough, a Quaker and tireless advocate for social justice, incarcerated people and their children and families, Friends Outside has over 55 years of experience working inside institutions and with families and children of incarcerated individuals. Our fundamental principles today are still firmly rooted in the Quaker philosophy from which they were born dating back to the eighteenth century.
      It was the height of the civil rights movement during an era when ideas and norms were being challenged; there was a growing awareness that huge groups of society were excluded and needed to be brought into the community. A small but passionate group drove a social justice cause that, over the next 50 years, produced programs and services that have made a significant impact on incarcerated people, their families and children.

      Friendship Place #11
      High Desert State Prison
      P.O. Box 1701
      Susanville, CA 96130
      (530) 257-5581

      They are located on the prison grounds, here you can seek shelter if you are waiting for someone to come out from visiting.
      Get a change of clothing if what you are wearing is not allowable.

      If you want to donate clothing or games and books for the visiting rooms
      here is where you can drop them off for them to be submitted to the prison

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      Mail/Packages (quarterly & special purchase)

      Inmate Mailing Adress Address to send money
      Inmate Name, CDC #
      Housing assignment, bunk #
      High Desert State Prison
      P.O. Box 3030
      Susanville, CA 96127
      Inmate name, CDC #
      Housing assignment, bunk #
      P.O. Box 270249
      Susanville, CA 96127

      Items you CAN send to HDSP (Items pertaining to “Reception” inmate regulations- see “green” text):
      Binder Paper
      (500 sheets MAX, each month, for reception inmates)
      Postal Stamps, 2 books per envelope (40 stamps TOTAL, per month, for reception inmates)
      Envelopes (40 envelopes TOTAL, each month for reception inmates) Must be moisture sealed- no self sealing envelopes
      Photos, no more than 20 per envelope (no larger than 8x10) (5 for Reception inmates)
      Greeting cards (plain, no foil, glitter, metal springs, etc.)
      Letters (perfume and lip stick "kisses" ok, but NOT on outside of envelope)
      Internet Printouts, no more than 5 sheets per envelope, 20 sheets allowed per month (this includes: games, puzzles, stories, jokes, etc.)
      Magazines and paperback books- must be shipped from the vendor (example: Barnes and Noble)
      News Paper Subscriptions
      Money Orders -(MUST be sent to P.O. Box 270249, made out to the inmate, with ALL inmate info.
      Anything on the “Approved” vendor list, on each vendor’s website (for quarterly/special purchases, HDSP specificly. **Reception inmates are NOT allowed to have quarterly/special packages)
      Items you CANNOT send to HDSP:


      Frontal Nudity Photos
      Phone Calling Cards

      Stickers, Tape, or Glue-
      None on/inside ANYWHERE

      Padded Envelopes-
      (bubble wrap lined, etc)
      Anything Wire, Metal, or Plastic

      “Spiral” Notebooks
      Cash or Checks
      Photos larger than 8x10

      Quarterly Packages/Special order purchases

      January 1st through March 31st
      April 1st through June 31st
      July 1st through September 31st
      October 1st though December 31st

      Quarterly packages are any food, clothing, and toiletries there is no Dollar restriction just weight. Total package weight is 30 lbs, this includes the packing 450 ounces of product and 30 ounces for packing material

      Special order purchases - This is for TV's, Radios, Guitars, Typewriters things that would typically take up the weight limit for a regular quarterly package.

      Access Securepak
      P. O. Box 50028
      Sparks, NV 89435-0028
      Ph: (800) 546-6283
      1774 Industrial Way
      Napa CA 94558
      Ph: (800) 660-9255
      Mikes Better Shoes
      1252 Berlin-Haddonfield Road
      Voorhees, NJ 08043
      Ph: (800) 431-1911
      Music by Mail
      129 31st Street
      Brooklyn, NY 11232
      Ph: (718) 369-6982
      Packages R Us
      2648 East Workman Ave. #424
      West Covina, CA 91791
      Ph: (866) 303-7787
      Union Supply Direct
      P.O. Box 7006
      Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220-7006
      Ph: (866) 404-8989
      The Vitamin Outlet
      Fitness Systems Mfg. Corp.
      P.O. Box 2073
      Sinking Spring, PA 19608
      Ph: (800) 822-9995
      Yellow Ribbon Online
      580 N. Beach Street
      Fort Worth, TX 76111
      Ph: (866) 959-7426

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      Lodging and dinning Information

      Lodging Information for Susanville, CA
      America's Best Inns & Suites
      2705 Main St,
      Susanville, CA 0.75 mi
      (530) 257-4522
      Apple Inn Motel & Gift Shop
      2720 Main St
      Susanville, CA 0.75 mi
      (530) 257-4726
      Best Western Trailside Inn
      2785 Main Street
      Susanville, CA 96130-0759
      Nightly Rates:
      ( 70.20 - 129.00 )
      3 Star

      Budget Host Frontier Inn
      2685 Main Street
      Susanville, CA 96130
      Nightly Rates:
      ( 50.00 - 80.00 )
      2 Star

      Diamond View Motel
      1529 Main St
      Susanville, CA 0.06 mi
      (530) 257-4585
      High Country Inn
      3015 Riverside Dr
      Susanville, CA 0.81 mi
      (530) 257-3450

      Knights Inn Motel
      1705 Main St
      Susanville, CA 0.12 mi
      (530) 257-6577
      Motel 9
      1067 Main St
      Susanville, CA 0.31 mi
      (530) 251-5702
      River Inn Motel
      1710 Main St
      Susanville, CA 0.12 mi
      (530) 257-6051
      Super 8
      2975 Johnstonville Rd
      Susanville, CA 5.10 mi
      (530) 257-2782

      Local Restaurants
      Mazatlan Grill
      (530) 257-1800
      1535 Main St,
      Susanville, CA
      Pizza Factory
      (530) 257-0222
      2936 Main St,
      Susanville, CA
      (530) 257-7673
      2101 Main St,
      Susanville, CA
      Black Bear Diner
      (530) 257-4447
      2795 Main St,
      Susanville, CA
      Chinese Kitchen
      (530) 257-6228
      2455 Main St,
      Susanville, CA
      Young Sing Restaurant
      (530) 257-2826
      1350 Main St,
      Susanville, CA

      Happy Garden Chinese Restaurnt
      (530) 258-2395
      605 Main St,
      Susanville, CA
      Primo Deli
      (530) 257-6694
      614 Main St,
      Susanville, CA
      Burger King
      (530) 257-8787
      1520 Main St,
      Susanville, CA
      P & J Restaurants Incorporated
      (530) 257-4447
      Susanville, CA

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