High Desert State Prison CA

High Desert State Prison CA Inmate Search and Prison Information

Updated on: January 20, 2021
Location 475-750 Rice Canyon RoadPO Box 750, Susanville, CA, 96127
Official Website http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Facilities_Locator/HDSP.html

High Desert State Prison CA is a male high-security correctional facility in Susanville, California. The prison was officially opened in September 1994, but its structures have seen significant changes over the years. In 1996, a 200-bed reception center was built but was later converted to a Level III General Population holding in October 2012. Around May 1997, one of its Level III facilities was turned to a Level IV general population on account of urgent departmental needs. Moreover, in 2007 another Level IV general population was converted to a Level IV sensitive needs yard due to other departmental needs.

While inmates at this facility are offered many correctional and life-changing programs, the prison’s most outstanding feature is its 35-bed Correctional Treatment Center. This helps to not only take care of the health needs of the inmates but also the needs of the inmates with disabilities that this prison houses.

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How to Trace an Inmate Housed at this facility

High Desert State Prison CA is operated by the California Department of Corrections. This means records of inmates housed in all California correctional facilities, including High Desert State Prison CA, can be readily found on their inmate locator. However, there are other credible sites where you can trace an inmate housed here, but their inmate locator presents the most updated information. To locate an inmate, you enter their full names and DOC registration number.

Programs Offered to Inmates

Offenders housed at High Desert State Prison CA are offered some incredible correctional programs to help them turn a better leaf. Such programs include:

  • Career Technical Education; this includes computer literacy, building maintenance, electronics, auto body/paint
  • Academic programs; basic adult education, high school education, college education, financial literacy, community resources, life, and workplace skills.
  • Other Educational Programs; recreational activities, media center, and development placement program
  • General Programs; Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Juvenile Diversion Program, Veteran Group, House of Healing, Cage your rage, Fatherless Fathers, Positive Parenting and Criminals, and Gang Anonymous.
  • Reentry Hub; Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment (CBT) programming addressing criminal thinking, anger management, substance abuse, and California ID Program.

How to Send a Mail/Package

You can send mail to an inmate at this facility, and offenders can also send mails to their loved ones. Inmates can send or receive a limitless number of mails, but all incoming mails are subject to inspection by the staff members. Other items that can come together with the mails include:

  • Clean cards with no embellishments
  • Photographs, not more than 10 per envelop or larger than 8″x 10.”
  • Drawings
  • Clean inspirational articles with no criminal inclinations
  • Children schoolwork
  • Books, magazines, and newspapers sourced directly from a publisher or credible vendors

The inmate’s mailing address is as follows:

Inmate Name, CDCR Number

High Desert State Prison, California

P.O. Box 3030

Susanville, CA 96127-3030

Visitation at High Desert State Prison

Offenders at High Desert State Prison can receive visitors on pre-approved days under a strict schedule. Each level of inmate holding receives visitors on specific days. Medium and least care inmates receive visitors on Saturdays and Sundays between 9 am and 2 pm. Defensive care unit offenders least guilty batch gets visits on each Monday of the month except the fifth Monday of every month. Medium authority batch gets their visits on the second and fourth Mondays while medium shut care inmates have theirs on the third Monday of the month. Shut authority Unit 29 visits are only on the third Monday of each month while the overall public unit 29 gets theirs the second and fourth Tuesday or the third and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Specialized offenders get visitors on Saturdays except for the fifth Saturday of every month and death row inmates on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Inmates in long haul regulatory isolation have single hour non-contact visits every Monday of Spring, June, September, and December.

The visitation schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday; 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • Sunday; 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • Holiday; 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

High Desert State Prison CA — General Information

Facility Name High Desert State Prison CA
Facility Type State Prison
Address 475-750 Rice Canyon RoadPO Box 750, Susanville, CA, 96127
Capacity 4792
Facility Type Adult
City Susanville
Postal Code 96127
State California
County Lassen County
Official Website http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Facilities_Locator/HDSP.html

Visiting Hours

Saturday: 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Sunday: 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Holiday: 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM


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