Valley State Prison Inmate Family Council 


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California Code of Regulations

Title 15 Section 3140 Funds Enclosed in Correspondence

Subsection 3140 (a)(1) states:

“The personal check, money order, cashier’s check, certified check, or any other negotiable instrument shall be made payable to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation with the inmates last name and departmental identification number. This information, along with the sender’s name and address, shall be on the face of the negotiable instrument.”

Funds sent to inmates must include the following information on the face of any personal check, money order, cashier’s check, certified check, or any other negotiable instrument:

  • Made Payable to CDCR
  • Inmate’s Last Name
  • Inmate’s CDCR Number
  • Sender’s Name
  • Sender’s Address

Failure to adhere to this notice may result in the disallowance of funds.

posted 04-17-2019

Notice of Price Increase

Effective April 20, 2019


Due to significant cost increases, prices on items in two categories of products will be increased by 25 cents:

Canned sodas will be $1.50

Sandwiches which currently sell for $4.75 will increase to $5.00 and sandwiches which currently sell for $5.75 will increase to $6.00.  

This limited price increase is to help account for the rising cost of goods and the increasing cost of getting those goods into the vending machines.  For example, the cost of a product includes the additional amount suppliers add to deliver the products to the institution. The price at the vending machine includes sales tax (required on all vending machine sales) and CRV for applicable beverages. In addition other factors, such as labor costs to clean, stock and service the machines before visiting days and stocking and servicing on visiting days, are also part of the vending price. Vehicle costs (purchase, maintenance, repair, insurance, licensing, etc.) for delivery to visiting area also factor in, as well as other expenses. 

We try to keep unnecessary expenses down and keep prices stable. As here, we try to minimize the impact by adjusting only two groups of products and maintaining prices in all others.

Thank you for your understanding.

Attached you will find the current price list with the price change noted for those items affected at this time. 

posted 04-04-2019

The refund machine will not be repaired.  

All refund requests will need to be mailed to the address on the card (see below).

To receive a refund by mail, send the card with a self addressed envelope to:

Adams Vending
11230 Gold Express Dr., Suite #310
Gold River, CA 95670

A check will be mailed to you.

If you wish to check on the status of your refund, you may e-mail Adams’ Vending at the following address:  

PLEASE keep track of the number on your vending cash card.  It is in the upper right hand corner.  Take a photo of it, jot it down and keep it in a safe place, etc.  This will be very helpful if a problem should arise, especially with a refund.

posted 03-20-2019


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posted 03-18-2019


posted 03-18-2019


Friends Outside is now Centerforce.  Please see below for information. 

posted 03-04-2019