Avenal prison was the first institution solicited by a local community. When it opened in 1987, it was the first all-new prison built in California in 20 years and was originally known as Kings County State Prison. On February 22, 1988, it was officially named Avenal State Prison. ASP is a Reentry Hub programming hub which is geared to ensure that, upon release, offenders are ready for the transition back into society. We help develop parole plans, provide prisoners assistance with developing social skills and obtaining services in their local communities, promote public support.