Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP)

Contact & Visiting Information

Main Phone: (209) 274-4911

Physical Address:

  • 4001 Highway 104, Ione, CA 95640

Mailing Address:

  • P.O. Box 409099, Ione, CA 95640

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

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.

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.

About Mule Creek State Prison

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We are committed to protecting public safety, ensuring the safety of Department personnel, and providing proper care and supervision of all offenders under our jurisdiction while assisting their re-entry into society.

Vision Statement

A safer community through excellence in a prison service built on respect for human dignity.

Core Values

  • Public Safety - We serve the public as a key element of the criminal justice system and endeavor to make a positive contribution to society.
  • Leadership - We aspire to be positive role models and encourage others to excel.
  • Integrity - We act lawfully, transparently, honestly, reliably, fairly, and ethically.
  • Respect - We treat everyone with courtesy and respect and concern for their dignity, equality and human rights.
  • Courage - We do what is right, even when confronted with adversity.
  • Excellence - We conduct ourselves with distinction.
  • Teamwork - We work together, forming effective partnerships with all stakeholders so that our performance benefits from a broad range of perspectives, insights and advice.
  • Accountability - We are responsible to ourselves and others for our actions and decisions.

Institution Details

Mule Creek State Prison offers the following programs for inmates: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Criminals and Gang-members Anonymous, Criminals and Gang-members Anonymous re-entry, Christian 12-Step, Self-Awareness and Recovery (anger management), Gavel Club, Veterans’ Support Group, Lifers’ Support Group, Self-Exploration through Writing, Victim Awareness Offender Program, Juvenile Diversion Program, New Options for Wellness, Celebrate Recovery Inside, CARE (Concerned About Recovery Education, formerly IMPACT), GRIP (Guiding Rage Into Power), Al-Anon, 2x2 Anger Management Program, International Bodhisattva Sangha (IBS), Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), Prisoners Overcoming Obstacles and Creating Hope (POOCH, Tender Loving Canine – TLC), and Paws for Life Program (PFL, Karma Rescue).

Warden Lizarraga

About the Warden

Joe A. Lizarraga has been warden or acting warden at Mule Creek State Prison since 2013. Lizarraga was chief deputy warden at Mule Creek State Prison from 2011 to 2013 and held multiple positions at California State Prison, Sacramento from 2008 to 2010, including acting chief deputy administrator and associate warden.

He was associate warden at the Deuel Vocational Institution from 2006 to 2008 and was a correctional captain at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Correctional Health Care Services from 2005 to 2006. Lizarraga held multiple positions at the California Medical Facility from 1996 to 2005, including correctional captain, lieutenant and employee relations officer.

He was a labor relations specialist at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Office of Labor Relations from 1995 to 1996 and held multiple positions at San Quentin State Prison from 1986 to 1995, including correctional sergeant and officer.