Pleasant Valley State Prison

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Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP)
Pleasant Valley State Prison
LocationCoalinga, California
Coordinates36°07′54″N 120°14′56″W / 36.1316°N 120.2490°W / 36.1316; -120.2490Coordinates: 36°07′54″N 120°14′56″W / 36.1316°N 120.2490°W / 36.1316; -120.2490
StatusOperational
Security classMinimum to maximum
Capacity2,308
Population3,644 (157.9%) (as of 31 December 2012[1])
OpenedNovember 1994
Managed byCalifornia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
DirectorJames A. Yates, Warden
 
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Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP)
Pleasant Valley State Prison
LocationCoalinga, California
Coordinates36°07′54″N 120°14′56″W / 36.1316°N 120.2490°W / 36.1316; -120.2490Coordinates: 36°07′54″N 120°14′56″W / 36.1316°N 120.2490°W / 36.1316; -120.2490
StatusOperational
Security classMinimum to maximum
Capacity2,308
Population3,644 (157.9%) (as of 31 December 2012[1])
OpenedNovember 1994
Managed byCalifornia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
DirectorJames A. Yates, Warden

Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) is a 640-acre (260 ha) minimum-to-maximum security state prison in Coalinga, Fresno County, California. The facility houses Sirhan Sirhan, the convicted assassin of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, convicted murderer Erik Menendez, rap performer X-Raided and former Bone Thugs-n-Harmony member Flesh-N-Bone as well as Hans Reiser, the primary developer of the ReiserFS and Reiser4 computer filesystems, and convicted murderer.

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History

The prison opened in November 1994. On July 17, 2000, PVSP activated two substance abuse programs involving community services for inmates who have a history of substance abuse. PVSP recently converted one of its general population yards into a sensitive needs yard (SNY) in November 2002, and now houses approximately 900 SNY inmates on D Facility. Then in May 2004 converted A Facility to a sensitive needs yard and houses 1000 inmates on A Facility.[2]

In 2005-2006, PVSP and Avenal State Prison (ASP) were particularly affected by Valley fever, with 150 new cases from PVSP and 30 from ASP in 2005 and 514 at PVSP and 91 at ASP in 2006.[3][4] In 2007 Valley fever had killed at least four PVSP inmates and one staff member over the previous two years.[5]

Programs

Notable inmates

References

  1. ^ Offender Information Services Branch (3 January 2013). Monthly Report of Population. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. p. 2. http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Reports_Research/Offender_Information_Services_Branch/Monthly/TPOP1A/TPOP1Ad1212.pdf. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  2. ^ Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) (2009). "Mission Statement". California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Visitors/Facilities/PVSP.html. Retrieved 2009-08-20.[dead link]
  3. ^ Pappagianis, Demosthenes; Coccidioidomycosis Serology Laboratory (2007). "Coccidioidomycosis in California State Correctional Institutions". Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1111: 103–111. doi:10.1196/annals.1406.011. PMID 17332089. http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1196/annals.1406.011. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
  4. ^ Furillo, Andy (16 August 2007). "Prison report cites valley fever risks. Construction may release spores that cause disease, increasing inmates' cases.". The Sacramento Bee: p. A1. http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/328044.html. Retrieved 2009-08-20.[dead link]
  5. ^ Furillo, Andy (9 September 2007). "Disease clouds a prison's future. A deadly outbreak of valley fever is sparking doubts about expanding the Pleasant Valley lockup in Fresno County". The Sacramento Bee. http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/368363.html. Retrieved 2009-08-20.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Addres Change,". http://apps.alameda.courts.ca.gov/domainweb/service?ServiceName=DomainWebService&TemplateName=jsp/imgviewer.html&rofadt=03/01/11&Action=25651013.
  7. ^ Welborn, Larry; Srisavasdi, Rachanee (11 March 2006). "Haidl, co-defendants get 6 years each". The Orange County Register. http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/homepage/abox/article_1040658.php. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
  8. ^ http://inmatelocator.cdcr.ca.gov/search.aspx
  9. ^ Deutsch, Linda. Robert F. Kennedy's killer is moved to new site. Associated Press, November 2, 2009.

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