High Desert State Prison – California

Do you know somebody locked up at High Desert State Prison? High Desert State Prison is a state prison in the California state prison system. This site tells you all about everything related to High Desert State Prison,such as: Find an inmate at High Desert State Prison. Visitation policies and procedures. The address and phone number at High Desert State Prison Mailing or sending money to an inmate. And much, much more.

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General Prison Information

Official Name: High Desert State Prison
Year Opened: 1995
State: California
County: Lassen
DOC: California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
Security Level: high, medium
Warden Name: Mike McDonald

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Contact Information

In this section is the mailing address and street address for High Desert State Prison. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a letter or package to an inmate there, and be sure to use the physical address if you need to know the location of High Desert State Prison.

Mailing Address

Be sure to check the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures heading on this page if you are going to send a package or letter to an inmate so that you properly write the address, and do the right protocol for mailing a letter or package. If you do not follow the appropriate protocol, the package or letter might get sent back.

High Desert State Prison
P.O. Box 750
Susanville CA, 96127-0750

Street Address / Prison location


High Desert State Prison
475-750 Rice Canyon Rd.
Susanville CA, 96127

Phone Number and Fax Number


Map and Directions

Use this address if you are visiting a prisoner. Make sure to check the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule information on this page before you try to visit an inmate here.

High Desert State Prison
475-750 Rice Canyon Rd.
Susanville CA, 96127


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Phone Number

Prisoners don’t have phones in their cells, so you can’t call prisoners, but, there are times when it may be necessary to have the telephone number to the prison.

Prisoners may be able to call out using various methods:

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

Fax Number

High Desert State Prison inmates don’t have faxes, so you won’t get to fax an inmate, but there might be times when it might be useful to know the fax number to the prison.

Email Address

This email address is the main email address for the prison. You cannot reach individuals using this address. If you want to find out how to send an email to a prisoner, read the Inmate Email section below.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 4500
Total Staff:

Inmate Email

To send a letter via email to a prisoner at High Desert State Prison you must follow an exact procedure to ensure that the message is received by the inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Prison inmates are not permitted to access the web.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special procedures that you must follow when sending mail to a inmate. If you don’t follow these rules then the letters and packages might be returned to you.

before you send a letter or package, be sure to read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Institution employees will open and read and inspect all incoming general correspondence. Received general postal correspondence can be read as frequently as deemed necessary to maintain safety and security or watch a problem having to do with any inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Below is the correct format for how you have to address a letter or package to an inmate at High Desert State Prison:

High Desert State Prison
P.O. Box 750
Susanville CA, 96127-0750

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Inmate Money

Each state prison has a Commissary that was started to provide inmates a bank-like account for inmate monies and for purchasing things not issued to inmates by the Bureau of Prisons.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Anyone may add funds to prisoner’s Commissary accounts using Western Union or by mail.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends are able to send prisoners funds in the postal service and will have to send funds to the address below and do so in accordance with the steps written below:

The money have to be in a money order that is made out to the inmate’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 that are processed through the National Lockbox will be held for a 15-day holding period, during which the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return funds that do not have valid inmate information but only if the envelope it was sent it has a return address. Cash and personal checks can’t be deposited to the inmate’s account so do not send any checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

Prisoners are often moved to various prison facilities in the state, so you may have to find the current location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Click the link here to look up an High Desert State Prison prisoner.
Inmate Search

To find other California state prisons: California State Prisons

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit an inmate at High Desert State Prison, make sure you know this info:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every California state prison has its own policies for prison visitation and these rules change regularly. The information discussed here may be changed by the time you are reading this, so make sure to also read High Desert State Prison’s site to read the most recent visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The front entrance guard ensures all visitors sign the prison visitors log before they enter the correctional facility and upon departure.

Identification Required

Photo identification of all visitors is required. Appropriate forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; however, a state issued picture I.D. is OK.

For all of the points listed below, check out the official prison facility site as this info is updated all the time:

  • 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

Section about High Desert State Prison prison records will be posted ASAP.

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

Details about High Desert 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.


Information about California parole procedures coming soon.

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.


Info about release procedures coming.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

Details about prison life 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 High Desert State Prison coming.


A photo section coming.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at High Desert State Prison
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at High Desert State Prison.

If you have any photos of High Desert 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 prison? Do you have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison facility in the past?

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:

  • You have the right to protection from the accused.
  • You have the right to notification.
  • You have the right to attend proceedings.
  • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • You have the right to restitution.
  • You have the right to a speedy trial.
  • You have 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 tell about all about it

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Family Resources

Section about resources for family members of inmates at High Desert State Prison will be posted ASAP.


High Desert State Prison history coming soon.

Such as:

  • Famous High Desert 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

High Desert State Prison Links

The official website:

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of High Desert State Prison

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

If yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about your prison experience so that other people will know what to expect.

What to write in your comment:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Staff and guards
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Prisoner safety
  • Prison gangs
  • Activities and programs

If you are currently incarcerated at this facility, post your address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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