WHAT: An overview briefing of Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) and tour of the facility. Media is invited to visit the institution ahead of the arrival of Level I (Minimum Security) inmates. Kern Valley State Prison will use the new rehabilitation model that will allow for full programming by Level IV (Maximum Security) inmates. Inmates moved into the institution are already fully participating in programs where they currently reside. The institution will house approximately 5,000 inmates. It will become California’s 33rd prison.

WHERE: Kern Valley State Prison, 3000 West Cecil Avenue, Delano 93215

WHEN: Tuesday, June 14, 2005, 9 a.m. Media is also invited to be on-site on Wednesday, June 15, to photograph the arrival of the first Level I inmates.

CREDENTIALS: For media credentials, send a written request signed by the news department manager on company letterhead with the name(s) of the proposed representatives, their dates of birth, driver’s license number and expiration date, and social security number. Faxed requests will be accepted (916) 327-1988. Written requests should be sent to:

CDC Communications Office
1515 S Street, Room 113 South
P.O. Box 942883
Sacramento, CA 94283-0001

Clearance requests must be received by Friday, June 10, 2005, to allow for processing for media access on June 14, 2005.