Avenal State Prison is located in Kings County, California and it is only for male inmates. It is located in an area of about 650 acres and it includes open dorm buildings, six gymnasiums, an administrative segregation unit for 100 inmates and a firehouse for other 10.
Avenal State Prison is a Level II or low medium security prison as it possesses open dormitories with security fences in the perimeter and armed coverage. According to the most recent statistics available, more than 1600 people work there and it receives an annual budget of $136 million. It can house a bit over 2900 prisoners but, in fact, a total population of 7582 has been counted. Thus, it is not only the largest amongst the Californian prisons but also the most overcrowded.
There are different programs available at Avenal State Prison. Amongst the most important ones we can mention: Alcoholics anonymous, autobody, plumbing and electrical, Narcotics anonymous, warehouse and egg production.
The construction process of this prison started in late 1985 under Governor George Deukmejian, who authorized the funds to build it. The first inmates arrived in the first months of 1987. At the beginning, it was called California Correctional Institution at Avenal and later it was renamed Avenal State Prison.