Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP)

Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP)


Crescent City, California (CA), US
Located on 275 acres in the northwest corner of California, Pelican Bay State Prison is designed to house the state's most serious criminal offenders in a secure, safe and disciplined institutional setting. The prison opened December 1989 to accommodate a need for a growing population of maximum-security inmates. PBSP has an approximate budget of $115 million and over 1400 employees.

One half of the prison houses maximum-security inmates in a General Population setting. The other half houses maximum-security inmates in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) designed for inmates presenting serious management concerns. The SHU is a modern design for inmates who are difficult management cases, prison gang members and violent maximum custody inmates. PBSP maintains a 296 bed Level I minimum support facility outside the security perimeter of the main institution. The institution also operates two unique programs: the Psychiatric Services Unit, which houses mentally ill inmates who are serving a SHU term, and the Transitional Housing Unit, which is an intensive program designed to reintegrate prison gang members back into a General Population setting.
Located on 275 acres in the northwest corner of California, Pelican Bay State Prison is designed to house the state's most serious criminal offenders in a secure, safe and disciplined institutional setting. The prison opened December 1989 to accommodate a need for a growing population of maximum-security inmates. PBSP has an approximate budget of $115 million and over 1400 employees.

One half of the prison houses maximum-security inmates in a General Population setting. The other half houses maximum-security inmates in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) designed for inmates presenting serious management concerns. The SHU is a modern design for inmates who are difficult management cases, prison gang members and violent maximum custody inmates. PBSP maintains a 296 bed Level I minimum support facility outside the security perimeter of the main institution. The institution also operates two unique programs: the Psychiatric Services Unit, which houses mentally ill inmates who are serving a SHU term, and the Transitional Housing Unit, which is an intensive program designed to reintegrate prison gang members back into a General Population setting.
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