Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP)

PBSP is located on 275 acres on the North Coast of California, 13 miles from the Oregon/California Border. The institution opened in 1989 to accommodate a need for a growing population of maximum security inmates. Currently in its 28th year of operation, PBSP operates with a budget in excess of $190 million. Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) is designed to house California’s most serious criminal offenders in a secure, safe, and disciplined institutional setting. Half of the prison houses maximum security inmates in a general population (GP) setting. The other half houses inmates in the Security Housing Unit (SHU), designed for inmates presenting serious management concerns. In addition to General Population, B Facility operates the Restricted Custody General Population (RCGP), which is a 96-bed unit designed as a transitional program for inmates who are recently released from the SHU to GP that have custodial/security/safety concerns. PBSP also operates a 400-bed, Level I Minimum Support Facility, which houses non-violent offenders outside of the secure perimeter of the main institution, and a Firehouse with eight full time inmate firefighters.

Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) Contact Details

Address: 5905 Lake Earl Drive, Del Norte, CA
City: Crescent City
Zip: 95531
Phone 1: 707-465-1000
Type: State Prison

Mailing to Inmates and Staff

Inmate Visiting Days and Hours

Day of Week Hours
Saturday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Holiday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM