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Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP)

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Physical Address: Mailing Address:
4001 Highway 104
Ione, CA 95640
(209) 274-4911
P.O. Box 409099
Ione, CA 95640

Warden Joe A. Lizarraga

Joe A. Lizarraga,

3 Ways of Sending Money to Inmates

  1. Lock Box: A no fee service with a shorter hold time for sending money via money order, personal check, or cashier’s checks.
  2. EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer): A paid service, this is the fastest option with funds posted to inmate’s account within 1 to 3 days.
  3. Mail funds directly to the institution: Never a fee. All funds except Certified Funds are subject to a 30 day hold.

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Visiting Hours and Directions:

Saturday and Sunday Visiting Hours:  8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

General Population Saturdays, Sundays, and Designated Holidays* from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (no processing in after 2:00 p.m.)

Administrative Segregation Saturdays, Sundays, and Designated Holidays* 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Appointments are in one hour increments (9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. (by advance appointment only)

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

For updated information concerning MCSP visitor hours or closures, please contact the Visitor Processing Unit at (209) 274-4911, ext. 5410.
CDCR Visiting Information: 1-800-374-8474


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.

Message from the Statewide Inmate Family Council:

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.

General Directions:

From Sacramento:

  • Take Hwy 16 (Jackson Road) to Ione-Michigan Bar Road
  • Proceed south to Hwy 104
  • Take Hwy 104 east to Ione

From Stockton:

  • Take Hwy 88 east to Hwy 124
  • Drive north on Hwy 124 to Ione

From San Francisco:

  • Take Hwy 80 to Hwy 50 (Placerville/Lake Tahoe)
  • Take Hwy 50 to Hwy 16 (Jackson Road)
  • Take Hwy 16 (Jackson Road) to Ione-Michigan Bar Road
  • Proceed south to Hwy 104
  • Take Hwy 104 east to Ione
For additional information, visit this link  to customize your driving directions.