Avenal State Prison – California

Are you looking for somebody at Avenal State Prison? Avenal State Prison is a correctional institution in the California state prison system, which is part of the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation. This page gives you information about anything a person needs to know about Avenal State Prison,like: Find out who’s in prison at Avenal State Prison? How to visit Avenal State Prison inmates. The prison’s address and phone number. How to send mail and money to an inmate at Avenal State Prison. And lots more.

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Avenal State Prison
State: California
DOC: California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
Warden Name: James D. Hartley,

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Contact Information

Below is the street address and mailing address for Avenal State Prison. Use the mailing address if you are going to send a package or letter to someone there, and use the physical address if you need to know the actual location of Avenal State Prison.

Mailing Address

Be sure to read over the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures heading further down on this page if you are going to mail a letter or package to a prisoner to make sure that you properly address the item, and use the correct procedure for sending a letter or package. If you don’t use the correct directions, it might get sent back.

Avenal State Prison
P. O. Box 9
Avenal CA, 93204

Street Address / Prison location


Avenal State Prison
#1 Kings Way
Avenal CA, 93204

Phone Number and Fax Number


Map and Directions

Use this address if you are going to visit an inmate. Make sure to read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule headings below if you are going to visit someone in prison at Avenal State Prison.

Avenal State Prison
#1 Kings Way
Avenal CA, 93204


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Phone Number

Avenal State Prison inmates don’t have telephones, so you won’t get to call prisoners, but, there are some times when it may be necessary to have the phone number to the facility.

Avenal State Prison inmates may be able to make calls with:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Avenal State Prison prisoners don’t have access to fax machines, so you won’t be able to send a fax to your inmate, but there might be times when it may be useful to have the fax number to Avenal State Prison.

Email Address

This email address is the primary email address for the facility. You cannot email inmates using this email. If you want to find out how to email a prisoner, go to the Inmate Email section below.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:
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Inmate Email

To send a letter via email to an inmate at Avenal State Prison you must use an specific procedure to ensure that the letter gets to your inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

State prisoners do not have access to the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special protocols that are necessary to follow when mailing postal mail to a state prison inmate. If you don’t follow these rules then the mail might not get delivered.

before you send a letter or package, you should read the information below:

Mail Monitoring

Correctional facility staff do open and read and inspect all incoming general packages and mail. Received general postal correspondence is able to be read as frequently as is deemed necessary to keep safety and security or watch a particular problem confronting inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Here is the correct format for how you should address a letter or package to a state prisoner at Avenal State Prison:

Avenal State Prison
P. O. Box 9
Avenal CA, 93204

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Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary which serves to provide inmates a bank account for prisoner funds and for buying things not provided by the Bureau of Prisons.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Anyone can deposit money to prisoner’s Commissary accounts with Western Union and the U.S. Postal Service.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends are able to send inmates funds in the postal service and have to send the moneyh to the following address and follow the steps shows below:

The money must be a money order made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You are advised to use a post office money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be held for a 15-day hold, during which the inmate will not have access to the depsoit. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender funds that don’t have correct inmate info if the envelope it was sent it has a valid return address. Personal checks and cash will not be accepted so don’t send any cash or checks.

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Inmate Locator

State prison inmates are often transported to various prisons throughout the California prison system, so sometimes you might need to locate where an inmate is located using the inmate locator. Click the link below to locate an Avenal State Prison prisoner.
Inmate Search

To find other California state prisons: California State Prisons

Inmate Visitation

Before you go to visit an inmate at Avenal State Prison, be sure that you be aware of this info:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Each correctional facility in California has its own policies for prisoner visitation and these policies get changed often. The policies discussed here might be different since this was written, so make sure to also read Avenal State Prison’s website to read the most up to date rules for visitation.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The front entrance officer will ensure each visitor signs the prison visitors log upon entering the correctional facility and upon departure.

Identification Required

Picture id of visitors will be required. Appropriate forms of id are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; although, a state issued photo ID is acceptable.

For all of the things listed below, go to the actual correctional facility site as this information is updated often:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

More information about Avenal State Prison prison records to be added later.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Section about Avenal State Prison death row will be posted ASAP.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Section about California parole procedures to be added later.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information about release procedures to be added later.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

Details about prison life at Avenal State Prison coming soon.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A section on news at Avenal State Prison to be added later.


A photo section will be posted ASAP.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Avenal State Prison
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Avenal State Prison.

If you have any photos of Avenal State Prison that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you trying to find a job at a correctional facility? Do you have experience? Have you worked at a prison in your previous job?

If so, check out:

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The official website:

Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • The right to protection from the accused.
  • The right to notification.
  • The right to attend proceedings.
  • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • The right to restitution.
  • The right to a speedy trial.
  • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

Click here to share your story

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Family Resources

More information about resources for family members of inmates at Avenal State Prison coming.


Avenal State Prison history to be added later.

Such as:

  • Famous Avenal State Prison inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other California State Prisons: California State Prisons

Avenal State Prison Links

The official website:

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Avenal State Prison

Have you ever been an inmate at Avenal State Prison? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

If your answer is yes, then you should write your review about it. Write down your prison experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

Things you can write in your review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Guards and staff
  • Prison food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gang activity
  • Inmate activities and programs

If you are currently an inmate at this facility, post your mailing address if you want to receive letters from people.

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  1. Angela Naranjo says:

    The main phone number to Avenal State Prison is answering but will not give you a directory of numbers when you press one. It goes to recorded voice of Ms. Kingsley and then hangs up. It has been this way for at least two months. I got a hold of a lady in visitation after I let it ring for 5 minutes and she was rude and not help obviously. I needed to call and check on a package I sent my cousin and soon I am going to come visit. This needs to be fixed ASAP please. Thank you

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