All About Salinas Valley State Prison and Contacting Inmates

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5 Ways to Connect With a Salinas Valley State Prison Inmate

On a 300-acre plot of land just five miles north of Soledad, CA, is . Located in Monterey County, this state prison is adjacent to the Correctional Training Facility and has the capacity to house 2,867 maximum-security inmates. It has been open since 1996 and offers numerous opportunities for inmates, including education, healthcare, and religious services.

Inmates who are housed at this maximum-security state prison also benefit from several opportunities to stay connected to the outside world. Today, we're looking at how to address a letter to an inmate at Salina Prison so that you can write to prisoners and have your mail delivered successfully and how DoNotPay makes the process a breeze.

Salinas Valley State Prison Contact Information

If you plan to visit an inmate housed at Salinas Valley State Prison, you should be aware that you must first have your visitation application approved by Warden Matthew Atchley. This application may be mailed or submitted online. In the table below, you will find all of the contact information you need for Salina Prison.

Physical Address31625 Highway 101, Soledad, CA 93960
General Phone Number831-678-5500
Inmate Mailing AddressP.O. Box 1050, Soledad, CA 93960-1050
Visitation Application Mailing AddressP.O. Box 1020, Soledad, CA 93960-1020

5 Ways to Support a Salinas Valley State Prison Inmate

You can support a Salinas Valley State Prison inmate in the following ways:

  1. Sending money
  2. Scheduling an in-person or video visit
  3. Sending money
  4. Sending packages and other mail to your prison pen pal
  5. Receiving phone calls

Visiting a Salinas Valley State Prison Inmate In-Person

For a prisoner to qualify for in-person visitation, he must be fully vaccinated unless he has a religious or medical exemption. Specifically, at least 14 days must have passed since your loved one's last vaccination. Take note that you must schedule your visit five to eight days prior to the day you want to visit your loved one.

Note that inmates may be allowed two-hour in-person visits with one adult visitor or three visitors, depending on circumstances. If the inmate you want to visit is allowed three visitors, two minors may be present for the visit if you or the prisoner is their parent or guardian. That said, the minors must be at least two years of age.

Sending money

You can send money to a inmate via electronic funds transfer (EFT), sending money to JPay's lockbox, or mailing cash or a check to SVSP. Note, if you opt to pay via electronic funds transfer, you must pay a fee, but the inmate will receive the funds in just one to three business days. You have plenty of online transfer options because Salina Prison is partnered with:

  • JPay
  • Access Corrections
  • GTL/ConnectNetwork

Mailing a check or money order made out to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is free, but a 30-day hold will be placed on the check. If you want to send a cashier's check, personal check, or money order to JPay's lockbox, you should bear in mind that you can send no more than $999.99 per money order. The check or money order should be made out to JPay, include the inmate's CDCR number and name, and mailed to:


2202 South Figueroa St

Box #3001

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Sending mail or packages

Inmates are allowed to receive quarterly packages from approved vendors and mail that does not contain violent or sexual material.

DoNotPay Can Help You Connect With a Salinas Valley State Prison Inmate

You can use DNP to connect you with a Salinas Valley State Prison inmate in just five quick and easy steps:

  1. Locate the Connect With an Inmate service on DoNotPay.

  2. Choose whether you want to locate a loved one, create a virtual mailbox, or send a personalized letter.

  3. If you want us to find your loved one, provide his or her personal details and the state they are located in. We'll then conduct a search on the appropriate state database.

  4. If you want to create a virtual mailbox, just provide your full name! We'll set one up for you so you can easily receive incoming mail from your loved one.

  5. If sending a personalized letter, tell us which facility your loved one is located in and what you would like to say to them. You can even include a photo! Your letter will be delivered automatically - just wait 10 days for it to arrive to your loved one!

Other Ways You Can Use DoNotPay to Make Your Life Easier

Writing letters to inmates with the help of DoNotPay is just the tip of the iceberg. You can also turn to DNP if you're over the headache of trying to:

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