Main Phone: (209) 274-4911
Physical Address: 4001 Highway 104, Ione, CA 95640 (Directions)
Learn about contacting, visiting, and corresponding with inmates and juveniles who are in our institutions.
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).
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.
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.