Ironwood State Prison (ISP)

Main Phone: (760) 921-3000

Physical Address: 19005 Wiley's Well Road, Blythe, CA 92225 (Directions)

  • General Mailing: P.O. Box 2229, Blythe, CA 92226
  • Inmate Mailing: P.O. Box 2199, Blythe, CA 92226
  • Vocational: Carpentry, Electronics, Masonry, Plumbing, Auto Mechanic, Welding, Auto Body, Building Maintenance, Office Services Related Tech.
  • Academic Courses offered are ABE I, II, GED, Independently Study.
  • Self Help Groups:  Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Incarcerated Fathers Awareness And Support Group, Toastmasters International, Veterans Group Ironwood,  Life's Too Short (Youth Diversion Program)

DRP Programs

CDCR's Division of Rehabilitative Programs offers a wide range of programs for inmates. Check to see which programs are offered at this institution.

Details

ISP jointly occupies with Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) approximately 1,700 acres of State-owned property, of which ISP encompasses approximately 640 acres.  The prison complex occupies an estimated 350 acres with the remaining acreage used for erosion control, drainage ditches, and catch basins.

ISP was activated February 1, 1994.  ISP has four semi-autonomous Level III facilities and an outside Level I facility.  Each of the facilities contains five 270 designed housing units with a 100 designed bed capacity.  Facilities A and B have been converted to house inmates with Sensitive Needs (SNY).  One of the Level III 270 designed housing units in Facility A also has been converted to house the Administrative Segregation Unit.  The Level I facility has two 100-bed housing units.  The institution does not have a firehouse; fire protection is provided by shared services with CVSP.

ISP’s designed capacity is approximately 2,200 inmates.  Currently there are 3,280 inmates housed at ISP.

History

Ironwood State Prison's name was derived from the surrounding area's native Ironwood trees, which share with the prison the qualities of strength, solidity and firmness.

Warden Hill

Neil McDowell has been warden or acting warden at Ironwood State Prison since 2014. He has served in several positions since 1994, including chief deputy warden, captain, correctional counselor and correctional officer. He was associate warden at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison from 2009 to 2014 and a correctional officer at Eagle Mountain Community Correctional Facility from 1993 to 1994.

Local Inmate Family Councils (IFC's) are a gathering of family and friends of the incarcerated who meet regularly with Wardens to support visiting since keeping strong family connections with loved ones is a powerful rehabilitative tool. These IFC's promote visiting by clarifying rules and regulations as well as discussing health, education, vocational training, packages, books, and related issues. For more information on connecting with a local IFC, please visit the Statewide IFC website.