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Lightbulb Valley State Prison Information Guide *Update 01/24/2013

Welcome to the Valley State Prison (VSP) Guide.
VSP History

VSP Contact Information

VSP Approved Vendors for Special/Quarterly Packages

Items you CAN and CANNOT send to an inmate at VSP

VSP Visiting Information

VSP Family Visits Information

Link to Title 15: (Updated through January 1, 2012)

Link to the Department Operations Manual (DOM) ( Updated through January 1, 2012)

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Valley State Prison (VSP)

Physical Address:
21633 Avenue 24
Chowchilla, CA 93610

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 99
Chowchilla, CA 93610-0099

(559) 665-6100

Valley State Prison - Mission Statement
The mission of Valley State Prison (VSP) is multi-fold. VSP functions as a Level II, General Population institution housing inmates requiring Sensitive Needs Yard (SNY) placement. VSP also houses inmates who are assigned to the Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP). The EOP provides a higher level of mental health treatment for inmate requiring a more enhanced treatment plan with mental health staff. VSP has been identified as a Re-Entry hub for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (CDCR). As a Re-Entry hub, VSP will focus on needs based rehabilitative services to include substance abuse and cognitive behavioral training. VSP offers educational and vocational training, along with work skills training through the Prison Industry Authority Optical and Laundry programs.

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To write to an inmate at VSP:

Inmate Name
Housing Info.
P.O. Box 92
Chowchilla, CA 93610

Main Number- (559) 665-6100
Public Information Officer= main #, extension 5509

If you dial the main number, here are your options:

Press 2 - Reception and Programs
Press 3 - Housing
Press 4 - Business and Personnel
Press 5 - Health Services
Press 6 - Administration

Click here for the CDCR offical website

Useful Miscellaneous Phone Numbers:

Inmate Locator = (916) 445-6713

Visiting Hotline = (800) 374-8474

CalTrans = (800) 427-7623

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California Approved Vendors for Inmate Quarterly and Special Packages:

Prison Talk Online does not endorse nor guarantee the quality and or level of service provided by the below listed suppliers. As a continued benefit for the support of inmates, these links are provided as a courtesy only.
This is the full CDCR list of approved vendors. Please note that one or more of the listed vendors may not be approved by this prison.

Approved Vendors:

Access Securepak
P. O. Box 50028
Sparks, NV 89435-0028
Ph: (800) 546-6283

Mikes Better Shoes
1252 Berlin-Haddonfield Road
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Ph: (800) 431-1911

Music by Mail
129 31st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Ph: (718) 369-6982

Packages R Us
2648 East Workman Ave. #424
West Covina, CA 91791
Ph: (866) 303-7787

Union Supply Direct
P.O. Box 7006
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220-7006
Ph: (866) 404-8989

The Inmate Store
P.O. Box 798
Pine Grove, CA 95665
Ph: (209) 257-4824

The Vitamin Outlet
Fitness Systems Mfg. Corp.
P.O. Box 2073
Sinking Spring, PA 19608
Ph: (800) 822-9995

1774 Industrial Way
Napa CA 94558
Ph: (800) 660-9255

Yellow Ribbon Online
580 N. Beach Street
Fort Worth, TX 76111
Ph: (866) 959-7426

Books and Magazines:

Barnes & Noble


***Inmates at VSP are allowed to receive up to 10 books at a time. They must be paperback and sent directly from the publisher or distributor. Inmates may have a total of 10 books in their possession. If he receives any more books after he reaches his 10 book limit, he will have to donate, give away, or send home an old book (or books) in order to receive new ones.


Quarterly Packages:

The California Inmate Quarterly Package system allows you to send much-desired items to your incarcerated loved one. Each institution sets it’s own rules as to what items are allowed and prohibited and items vary by privilege groups. As a result, vendors therefore provide services to a limited amount of Facilities, Camps, CCF’s or the LA County Jail System. All Quarterly Packages are limited to a maximum weight of 30 Lbs. Nor can they exceed dimensions of 24” x 24” x 24”. All vendors list those institutions for which they provide goods and services and what privilege groups.

Special Packages:

Special Packages allow for the purchase of Electronics, Accessories, Musical Instruments, Under Garments and Clothing, Correspondence Courses, Legal Material and Faith Based Items. That would otherwise crowd a quarterly package beyond its allowed weight or dimensions. There is no limit to the amount of special packages allowed in a calendar year.

1st Quarter = January 1st - March 31st

2nd Quarter = April 1st - June 30th

3rd Quarter = July 1st - September 30th

4th Quarter = October 1st - December 31st

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Allowable Items by Mail:

Binder Paper
Postal Stamps, 2 books per envelope
Envelopes Must be moisture sealed, no self sealing envelopes
Photos no more than 20 per envelope (no larger than 8x10)
Greeting cards plain, no foil, glitter, musical, pop-up, metal springs, etc.
Internet Printouts no more than 5 sheets per envelope (this includes: games, puzzles, stories, jokes, etc.)
Magazines and paperback books must be shipped from the vendor (example: Barnes and Noble)
News Paper Subscriptions

Prohibited Items by Mail:

Frontal Nudity Photos
Phone Calling Cards
Stickers, Tape, or Glue ANYWHERE, includes address labels
Padded Envelopes (bubble wrap lined, etc)
Anything Wire, Metal, or Plastic
“Spiral” Notebooks
Cash or Checks
Photos larger than 8x10
Jewelry or hand crafted item
Oversized item (larger than 12x12)
Dried flowers, plants, seeds, or leaves
Any form of identification
Cassette/video tape or diskette
Depicts or describes unlawful acts or fighting techniques
Collector/trading cards, playing cards or tarot cards
Anything that violates obscenity per CDCR title section 3006
Publications/soft cover books (not sent by publisher/book store)
Hard cover books, altered books
Arts & Craft supplies
Drug or Gang related/photos
Coin, currency, play money
Lottery, items, gambling items, sweepstakes
Photo albums, frames, negatives, slides, Polaroid photos
Coded messages
Tattoo patterns
Body fluid, hair or unidentified substance
Items of cardboard, Styrofoam, rubber, cloth, metal, plastic magnets
Construction paper, drawing/graph paper or pads
No stains
No odors
Frontal nudity

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Before you can visit an inmate, you will need to be approved. Your inmate must send you a visiting form (CDC 106). This form MUST be signed by your inmate before he sends it you you. Once you receive your visiting questionnaire, fill it out TRUTHFULLY and don't leave any questions blank. Then, once you are finished, send your completed questionnaire to:

Attn: Visiting Lieutenant
P.O. Box 99
Chowchilla, CA 93610

The average wait for a response is 4-8 weeks, from the time your application is received by the visiting staff. In some cases, it takes longer than 8 weeks. I suggest calling the visiting department if your wait is longer than 8 weeks, and find out if your application has been received. They will NOT tell you if you have been approved or disapproved over the phone. It is the responsibility of the inmate to relay that information to you. If you are APPROVED, the inmate will be notified. If you are DISAPPROVED, the inmate will be notified AND you will be mailed a written response with details of the denial.

Reasons for DISAPPROVAL include (but are not limited to):

Lying on your application
Being a Convicted Felon (you must have prior written approval from the warden before stepping on prison grounds)
Leaving Questions Blank
Having UNPAID tickets (of ANY kind)
Having Outstanding Warrants
Being on Active Parole/Probation (you will need prior approval from the Warden)

You’re Approved!! Here’s what you need to know:

General Population Visiting
  • Visiting is on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm.
  • Processing ends at 2pm. No visitors will be let into the prison after that time.
  • Appointments for visiting are not required.
Reception or AdSeg
  • Visiting is on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 12pm ONLY.
  • A MAXIMUM of 3 people (including children) can visit an inmate in reception, Adseg or the SHU during each day of visiting.
  • Appointments for visiting are not required.

Additional information (from CDCR Inmate Visiting Guidelines):

Visiting On Holidays

Each Institution shall have visiting scheduled on the following Holidays. The major holidays may or
may not be on a regularly scheduled visiting day.

• New Year’s Day
• Thanksgiving Day
• Christmas Day
• Fourth of July

Visitor Questionnaire Process

The inmate should sign a Visitor Questionnaire (CDC Form 106) and send it to family members and
friends to visit. All adult visitors must complete the questionnaire and return it to the Visiting Sergeant by
mail. The Visiting staff must approve the questionnaire before the person may visit. This should take
approximately 30 working days. The CDC Form 106 must be filled out completely and accurately.
Failure to provide all requested information might result in the request being either denied or delayed.

Adult Visitors

The inmate will let each visitor know that they are approved. Any visitor approved at one institution shall
be approved to visit the same inmate upon transfer to another institution. A visitor may be required to
update the Visitor Questionnaire after 24 months.

Acceptable Identification

• A valid state driver's license with picture (not laminated).
• A valid state Department of Motor Vehicles Identification Card with picture (not laminated).
• A valid Armed Forces Identification Card with picture.
• Identification Card issued by the United States Department of Justice Immigration and
Naturalization Services with picture.
• Picture Passport.
• Picture identification Matricula Consular De Alta Seguridad (MCAS) issued by the
Mexican Consulate.

Visitor Attire

It is recommended that visitors dress conservatively and with the following guidelines in mind.
Inappropriate attire will be reason to deny a visit. Any alteration to clothing once a visitor is inside the
visiting area will be grounds for terminating the visit.

Prohibited Attire

• Clothing which, in any combination of shades or types of material/fabric, resembles California
State-issued inmate clothing, blue denim or chambray shirts and blue denim pants.
• Clothing that resembles law enforcement or military-type clothing, including rain gear.
• Hats, wigs or hairpieces (except with prior written approval of the Visiting Sergeant).
• Clothing that exposes the breast/chest area, genital area, or buttocks.
• Dresses, skirts, pants, and shorts exposing more than two inches above the knee, including slits
when standing.
• Sheer or transparent garments.
• Strapless or "spaghetti” strap tops.
• Clothing exposing the midriff area.
• Clothing or accessories displaying obscene or offensive language or drawings.
• Brassieres with metal underwires or any other detectable metal are not permitted.

Allowable items:

• Identification Card.
• One Handkerchief, no bandannas.
• Tissue Pack, unopened.
• Clear Change Purse.
• $50 Per Adult and $20.00 Per Minor Visitor, in Coin or One Dollar Bills Only.
• Comb or Brush.
• Two Keys On A Ring with No Attachments.
• 10 Photographs.
• Indian Medicine Bag, upon inspection and approval.
• Two small (less than 12 inches in length) solid toys.
• One Infant Carrier.
• Six Disposable Diapers.
• Factory-Sealed Baby Wipes.
• Two Transparent Plastic Baby Bottles of Pre-Mixed Formula/Milk/Juice Per Baby.
• One Transparent Pacifier.
• Three Jars of Factory Sealed Baby Food and One Plastic Baby Spoon.
• One Single-Layer Baby Blanket.
• One Transparent Diaper Bag.
• One Change of Baby Clothing.
• One Single-Layer Burp Cloth.

Visitors may retain only life-sustaining, condition-stabilizing medication with the prescribing
physician's written statement of its immediate need, and only in the physician's prescribed amount
immediately required to sustain or stabilize the condition during the visit. The physician’s written
statement shall include the physician’s medical license number, address, and phone number.

All medication shall be in its original pharmacy container with the patient's name, pharmacy, name of
medication, prescribed dosage, and the physician's name indicated on the container's label.
Nonprescription medicine is not permitted.

Prohibited Items

• All tobacco and tobacco products.
• Food. All refreshments are to be purchased from the vending machines located in the visiting
room, except Camps and Ranches.
• Chewing gum.
• Purses.
• Cameras.
• Pagers.
• Cell phones.
• Writing materials or books, unless approved prior to entering the Visiting Room.

Visiting Room Procedures

Each visitor and inmate is responsible for his or her own conduct while visiting. Violation of the rules
and regulations may result in termination, restriction, suspension, or denial of visits. Additionally,
disciplinary action may be taken against the inmate. An inmate and his/her visitor(s) are allowed to
briefly embrace and kiss at the beginning and end of their visit. An inmate may hold his or her minor
children. Inmates may also hold minor children accompanied by an adult. Children are to remain
under the direct supervision and control of the visiting parent or guardian at all times. Holding hands
on top of the table in plain view is permitted, with no other physical contact. Excessive contact,
(kissing, massaging, stroking, and sitting with legs intertwined or sitting on laps) could result in
termination of the visit. Nursing mothers shall be discreet and covered when breast-feeding their baby
in the visiting area. Failure to do so may result in termination of visiting for that day. Inmates cannot
receive any items, gifts, money, jewelry, or documents during a visit. However, the adult visitor may
ask for a pencil and notebook paper as needed. Smoking is not allowed in the visiting rooms or outside patios in the institutions at any time.

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Each prison is different, but here is some information that pertains to most California Prisons:

The visitor(s) shall adhere to all institutional procedures and departmental regulations while on institutions grounds. Participation in the Family Visiting Program is restricted to immediate family members, unless a legal foster relationship exists. Immediate family members are defined as legal spouse of the inmate and the inmate's legal stepchildren.

Required Documentation Needed for Each Family Visit:

Proof of marriage shall be established by the inmate’s assigned Correctional Counselor, prior to a family visit being approved. A certified marriage certificate shall be required and presented to the Family Visiting Officer prior to each visit. A marriage certificate is required for both stepparents and the inmate’s wife. No Photostat copies will be accepted.

You must bring positive identification showing a photo for every visitor 18 years of age or over. Positive valid identification shall be one of the following. Drivers license, DMV Identification Card, passport, USINS card, military I.D. or other piece of governmental identification.The inmate's brother, sister, children and grandchildren (minors and adults) must present birth certificates prior to each family visit. Grandparents must bring verification of relationship prior to the family visit. This can be done presenting the inmate's birth certificate and the inmate's parent's certified birth certificate (the grandparent's child) to show family lineage. An inmate’s minor children visiting without their natural mother, must be accompanied by an approved adult visitor. Who must present a written notarized approval from the minor child's natural parent or legal guardian.
All certificates must be obtained through the county recorder's office and must be embossed or have inked county seat.

Authorized Property for Family Visits:

Visitors are authorized to possess the following items while participating in the family visiting program:

* One bag of clothing per visitor in paper, plastic or canvas duffel type bags. No suitcases are permitted.

* Soft bound books and magazines only (not to exceed ten)

* The visitor must provide washcloths and dishtowels. Bath towels will be provided by the institution.

Visitors with Children:
Disposable diapers only, baby powder, baby food, and formula may be brought into the institution in factory-sealed containers only. Children's toys shall be simple games, coloring books, colored or regular pencils, or crayons. Only searchable toys will be allowed in.

Food for Family Visits:

The inmate, through the institution, purchases all of the food for the family visits. All food items not consumed on the visit must be taken home with the visitor or disposed of in an approved manner. Nothing may be taken back into the institution by the inmate.

Special Note: Only prescribed medication will be allowed. All medication must be accompanied by the current prescription and is subject to prior approval by the Chief medical Officer (CMO). A letter from your doctor listing your medication must be returned with your confirmation. Any person(s) visiting Valley State Prison for Women (VSP), on a family visit, who needs narcotic medication, or life sustaining medication(s) or life sustaining apparatus, must have prior approval to participate in the family visiting program. Approval can be obtained by having your physician submit a letter to the CMO or VSP to explain the extent of your medical problem and be in approval of your overnight visit to the prison. Failure to have prior written approval will result in your visit being denied upon arrival at the institution.



The same dress code applies for family visitors as regular visitors when entering and exiting the institution. Undergarments must be gender specific.

The following items are NOT allowed:
Clothing for inmates, garment bags, or hangers, blue denim jeans or jackets (male or female), sweats or jogging suits.

Cosmetics and basic hygiene:

The following cosmetic items listed are limited in quantity as to what is necessary for the duration of the visit. All items must be able to be searched with a limit of (5)

1. Makeup foundation

A spouse shall be permitted to bring into the institution a maximum of (10) commercially sealed condoms. All unused condoms shall be retained in their sealed containers and taken out of the institution by the visiting spouse. Under no circumstances shall an inmate be permitted to possess condoms outside of the family visiting quarters.


The following items must be factory sealed or in clear containers with clear contents (one of each) and must not contain alcohol and cannot be flammable:

1. Shampoo
Facial Cleanser
6. Bath Soap
Feminine hygiene

All the items listed above depict those items that are authorized. Any items not listed above shall be considered unauthorized and will not be admitted into the institution.



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Planning on driving to VSP? These directions should help:

From Los Angeles:

Merge onto US-101 N toward HOLLYWOOD FWY / Harbor FWY
Merge onto CA-110 N toward PASADENA
Take the I-5 FWY N / GOLDEN STATE FWY exit on the LEFT toward SACRAMENTO.
Merge onto I-5 N.
Keep LEFT to take CA-99 N via Exit 221 toward BAKERSFIELD / FRESNO.
Take the AVE 20 1/2 exit toward AVE 20.
Turn RIGHT onto AVENUE 20 1/2
Stay STRAIGHT to go onto ROAD 22
End at 21633 Avenue 24 -Chowchilla, CA 93610-9650, US

From San Francisco:

Merge onto I-80 E via the ramp on the LEFT toward OAKLAND.
Merge onto I-580 E toward CA-24 / DOWNTOWN OAKLAND / HAYWARD-STOCKTON.
Keep LEFT to take I-205 E toward TRACY / STOCKTON.
Merge onto I-5 N.
Merge onto CA-120 E via EXIT 461 toward MANTECA / SONORA.
Merge onto CA-99 S toward MODESTO / FRESNO / LOS ANGELES.
Take the AVE 24 exit- EXIT 167.
Turn LEFT onto AVENUE 24.
End at 21633 Avenue 24 - Chowchilla, CA 93610-9650, US

From Sacramento:

Merge onto I-5 S.
Merge onto CA-4 E toward CA-99 / DOWNTOWN STOCKTON.
Merge onto CA-99 S toward CA-4 EAST / FRESNO.
Take the AVE 24 exit- EXIT 167.
Turn LEFT onto AVENUE 24.
End at 21633 Avenue 24 - Chowchilla, CA 93610-9650, US

For more directions, please visit Mapquest.

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