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Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP)
Seal of the Calirfornia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.png
Aerial View
Location Monterey County,
near Soledad, California
Coordinates 36°28′45″N 121°22′26″W / 36.4792°N 121.3739°W / 36.4792; -121.3739Coordinates: 36°28′45″N 121°22′26″W / 36.4792°N 121.3739°W / 36.4792; -121.3739
Status Operational
Capacity 2,452
Population 3,331 (as of 6 December 2013[1])
Opened May 1996
Managed by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Warden R. T. C. GROUNDS

Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) is a 300-acre (120 ha) Californian state prison located 5 miles north of Soledad, in Monterey County, California.

The prison consists of five facilities: A, B, C, D, and M. Of the five, Facility A houses Sensitive Needs Yard (SNY) inmates. The surrounding housing units hold level-4 and level-3 inmates, the two highest security rankings. M yard is a level-1 yard which houses approximately, 200 inmates.

The prison had a gymnasium which, due to the prison's over-crowding, at one time had been converted into a dormitory but due to inmate population reductions was shut down around 2008.

The prison also houses a Department of Mental Health Intermediate Treatment Program (Salinas Valley Psychiatric Program) to accommodate the psychological needs of inmates.

Notable prisoners[edit]


  1. ^ Offender Information Services Branch (3 January 2013). "Monthly Report of Population" (PDF). California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. p. 2. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 

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People Magazine

Thu, 28 May 2015 10:33:35 -0700

Matthews was arrested on May 21 at his house in Lancaster, but Moses was already in jail at the Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad. He's serving 25 to life on multiple convictions, including robbery, burglary and assault. Moses has also been ...
Sacramento Bee
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:22:30 -0700

Now 48, Luna is an inmate at Salinas Valley State Prison. Wiseman, who heads Wiseman Law Group in Davis, was appointed in June 2004 by U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory G. Hollows to represent Luna in his attempt to overturn his conviction in both the ...
The Salinas Californian
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:02:29 -0800

Not too many years ago, I used to visit Salinas Valley State Prison on a regular basis. One of my favorite former students dug himself into a deep, swirling whirlwind of hell at age 13. He'd ended up with nine attempted murder convictions and a life ...

The Salinas Californian

The Salinas Californian
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 12:11:07 -0800

The family of a deceased Salinas Valley State Prison inmate alleged in a lawsuit last month that officers failed to properly protect him, leading to his death by strangulation. Dimitris Kalatzakis, 31, was serving a seven-year, four month-sentence for ...

Monterey County Weekly (blog)

Monterey County Weekly (blog)
Mon, 29 Dec 2014 19:31:12 -0800

Inmates armed with homemade instruments stabbed a fellow inmate to death and left another severely injured during an attack today on the exercise yard at Salinas Valley State Prison. Just after 2:30pm, four inmates stabbed 39-year-old Barry Storey to ...
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Wed, 20 May 2015 18:09:31 -0700

Cheney, the chief financial officer of Wonderfully Raw, said he got involved with the Rountree job fair in part because he once worked in Salinas Valley State Prison. He said he and others at his company are willing to provide training to former ...


Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:11:15 -0700

Horacio Gonzales. CDCR. Horacio Gonzales. SOLEDAD, Calif. -. An inmate at Salinas Valley State Prison was stabbed to death early Sunday morning, prison officials said. More from Central Coast News. Shillinglaw named interim director at National ...

The Salinas Californian

Monterey County Herald
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:45:00 -0700

Soledad >> Monterey County prosecutors this week won a lengthy prison term for a Salinas Valley State Prison inmate with a history of violence against other prisoners. Judge Lydia Villarreal on Wednesday sentenced Gary Raymond Xavier, 47, to 50 years ...

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