Valley State Prison Inmate Family Council

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CONTACTING A CHAPLAIN

Valley State Prison main switchboard number: (559) 665-6100 

When a death or serious event occurs in the inmate’s family, and the family would like the inmate notified, the following protocol should be used:


In the event of a death in the inmate’s family, the Watch Commander should be notified.  He/She will verify and document the caller and the circumstances and contact the inmate’s counselor and/or mental health staff if warranted.  The counselor will contact the Chaplain to help break the news and arrange a phone call for the inmate if appropriate.


Each Chaplain is stationed on one of the yards and is available most days of the week. 


In case of a serious emergency you can contact the Correctional Counselor II for the respective inmate’s facility from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A Facility is ext. 6008
B Facility is ext. 5384
C Facility is ext. 6509
D Facility is ext. 6508

After hours contact the Watch Commander at ext. 5320.  Contacting the Watch Commander is ONLY after normal business hours and for a dire emergency that cannot wait until the next day.  Please DO NOT abuse these numbers.