Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP)
Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, also known as just Chuckhawalla, is located near Blythe, California. This is a solid four hour drive from Los Angles, out along the I-10 and almost at the Arizona border with the Colorado River. The city of San Bernardino is 170 miles west. Chuckawalla is located adjacent to Ironwood State Prison.
Although the prison was designed to hold 1,738 prisoners, it held 3,222 in 2009. This population, however, most likely decreased since then due to AB109. In the summer, the temperature can approach 120 degrees. The prison opened in 1988. The facility is for Level II inmates, which are medium security prisoners. These can include sex offenders, gang drop-outs, former law enforcement and “others whose needs cannot be met in the general population.”