The History of West Valley Detention Center
The West Valley Detention Center (WVDC) was opened in 1991 and is one of the largest county jails in the State of California. With a bed capacity of 3,347, WVDC completes 50,000 to 60,000 bookings and releases each year. The facility provides medical, dental and mental health services and facilitates worship services to various denominations. The WVDC also provides a full range of inmate instruction programs in the fields of culinary arts, laundry services and landscape maintenance.
More than 600 people work at the WVDC many of which are civilian employees. Maintenance crews, medical professionals, culinary staff and a variety of support positions work as a team to accomplish our mission. We continuously strive to provide an environment that ensures optimal safety and security of the employees and inmates, as well as the surrounding community. We believe in maintaining public trust, while providing strong, effective law enforcement services.
The WVDC receives arrestees from many different agencies. Pre-trial inmates make up the majority of the population at the WVDC. Court assignments are accomplished by remote video for various locations including San Bernardino, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Chino, Victorville, and Barstow courts. Inmates who are required to appear in court are transported by our Transportation Division, which safely moves approximately 122,000 inmates, traveling more than 1,000,000 miles annually.
We are very proud of the medical and mental health services we provide. Medical care is provided to the inmate from the time of booking through release. All inmates are medically screened upon arrival and evaluated for medical and mental health conditions which could require continued care and treatment. Health professionals are on duty 24/7 and provide a full range of services including daily physician sick call, medication administration, treatments, dialysis, radiology services, dental care and psychiatric care. The facility houses the inmates with the greatest medical needs and includes two special medical/mental health housing areas staffed around the clock with medical/mental health professionals.
We are equally proud of our Food Services Division. The culinary instructional programs offered are highly regarded by other law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Inmates who participate in the Food Service Program attain certification in food safety management. Our Food Services Division serves three nutritious meals per day, providing over three million meals annually to inmates. Our dietitian works closely with the medical team and provides consultation, writes and reviews therapeutic diet plans and oversees various religious diet meals.
We are very proud of the employees for the hard work and dedication they bring to the facility every day. Working together as a team is why we are successful. The staff at the WVDC remains committed to providing premier service to the many agencies and communities we serve throughout San Bernardino County.