Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP)

Main Phone: (209) 274-4911

Physical Address: 4001 Highway 104, Ione, CA 95640 (Directions)

  • P.O. Box 409099, Ione, CA 95640

Mule Creek State Prison in Ione is located at the base of California’s gold country foothills in Amador County. Ione’s central and convenient location is attractive to residents and business alike. There’s so much to see and do in and around Amador County. Wineries are scattered throughout the county as well as farmers markets and farm-to-fork dining in the locally owned restaurants. Camping in El Dorado National Forest provides a great base for outdoor recreation, with plenty of hiking trails and fishing spots. For golf enthusiasts, Castle Oaks Golf Club in Ione is one of the Northern California’s premier public courses – named “Best Public Golf Course in Nor-Cal” by Golf Digest when it opened in 1994 – it remains a Golf Digest Places to Play 4-Star rated course. Without a doubt, the city is a wonderful location to relax, play, and live!

El Dorado National Forest

Picture of local farmers market


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, 2×2 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 Hill

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.

CEO photo

Rainbow Brockenborough received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the University of Northern Colorado in 2000, and went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Rainbow started her career in health care in 2003 as Clinical Supervisor at the behavioral health organization La Frontera Center in Tucson, Arizona. In 2007, Rainbow became Administrative Director of Mental Health for Pima County Detention Center in Tucson, and later Health Services Administrator. She went on to Health Services Administrator positions in the Alabama prison system and at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2012, Rainbow became the Contract Manager for nine correctional facilities in New Mexico, Colorado and Georgia, and then Regional Operations Manager for multiple correctional institutions in Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and Texas. In 2016, Rainbow went on to be Regional Operations Manager for Trumpet Behavioral Health, specializing in center-based, school-based, and community-based ABA therapy for autism and related disorders. Rainbow joined CDCR in 2017 when she was appointed CEO at MCSP.

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.