KERN VALLEY STATE PRISON  ADDRESS: 3000 W CECIL AVE DELANO CA 93215 TEL.661-721-6300

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Located in Delano, California. Kern Valley State Prison opened June 15, 2005 as California's 33rd Prison and the last of 20 new prisons to be built over a period of 2 decades during California's massive prison expansion. Built at a cost of $379 Million Dollars, it's estimated annual operation costs is approximately $110.00 million dollars.

Also known as Delano II, Kern Valley State Prison was designed and built to house a total of 5000 inmates and is a Level I, Level IV prison. KVSP contains a large number of SHU, PHU and Ad-Seg Housing Units and was designed to house the states most problimatic inmates. KVSP houses 4600 Level IV inmates in 4 seperate facilities containing a total of 32 180' degree housing units. 400 MSF (minimum support facility) inmates are housed in dorms surrounding the main prison.

KVSP sits approximatley 1.5 miles southwest of North Kern State Prison (Delano 1) with a inmate population of 5018 and 5000 at Kern Valley State Prison. These two prisons represent almost 1/4 of the city of Delano's overall population.

The institution is also designed to be the first fully programmed Level IV institution in California with a variety of academic and vocational education programs, thereby increasing an offender’s chances of reentering society successfully.

The prison is composed of four facilities, including about 500 Substance Abuse Treatment beds and two Administrative Segregation Units (ASU). These four facilities are located inside the secure perimeter, which is composed of a combination of double fences topped with barbed wire, perimeter towers, a sophisticated communications system, and a lethal electrified fence. Located outside the secure perimeter are the Minimum Support Facility (MSF) and a number of prison-wide support services, including administration, warehousing and maintenance.