Ironwood State Prison (ISP)

Contact & Visiting Information

Main Phone: (760) 921-3000

Physical Address:

  • 19005 Wiley's Well Road, Blythe, CA 92225

Mailing Addresses:

  • General Mailing: P.O. Box 2229, Blythe, CA 92226
  • Inmate Mailing: P.O. Box 2199, Blythe, CA 92226

Visiting Information and Directions

Visiting Days:

Saturdays, Sundays and Designated Holidays* from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

* New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System (VPASS):

VPASS is an on-line program used to schedule appointments for visitor processing (contact visits only) at Ironwood State Prison (ISP). New appointment times at ISP become available each Sunday at 9:00 PM VPASS appointments can be made two (2) weeks in advance. For more information and to enroll in VPASS please go to CDCR Visitation. Instructional videos for account activation, forgot password and edit/cancel appointments can be accessed at In the event you are not able to show up for your appointment, please remember to cancel. This will give someone else the opportunity to visit.


At no time will any visitor be turned away (contact visits only) solely for the inability to make or schedule an appointment. Walk-ups will be processed no later than 11:00 AM, and sooner if possible. Please note: This policy excludes Non-Contact visits.

Non-Contact Visits:

Appointments may be scheduled only on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM by calling ISP Visitation at
760-921-3000 ext. 5803. Appointment times are 9:00 AM to 11:45 AM on visiting days.

Attorney Visits:

Contact the litigations coordinator at 760-921-3000 ext. 7570.

Visiting Hotline 1-800-374-8474:

Please call this number to obtain the most up-to-date visitation status, as it can change at any time.

Visiting Rules and Regulations:

For visiting guidelines click on the Visitation Home link below the inmate locator tab.

Visiting Assistance:

A CDCR funded Visitor Center is at the institution operated by a community-based organization under contract to CDCR. The Visitor Center provides visiting assistance to family members and friends including a sheltered place to wait before and after visits, transportation to and from local transit terminals, childcare, clothing appropriate for visits on loan, and information about local resources, visiting rules and regulations.

Statewide Inmate Family Council Message:

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.

Inmate Family Council Chair: David Fusco
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About Ironwood State Prison

Aerial  of Ironwood State PrisonAerial photo. Click image for larger view.

The mission of Ironwood State Prison (ISP) is to improve public safety through the confinement of minimum and medium custody male offenders while providing them the life improvement skills needed to successfully re-integrate back into society upon parole.

These life improvement skills include but are not limited to: Self-help programs, Vocational and Basic Educational, Spiritual, and College Programs.

Historical Notes

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 McDowell

About the Warden

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.