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

Visiting Inmates: learn how to visit inmates in-person or by video at our institutions.

Other Resources: explore family & friends resources, including how to contact or send packages to inmates in our institutions.

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
Local Farmer's Market with canned jam, fresh berries and fruits


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 Patrick Covello

Patrick Covello has been Warden or acting Warden at Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) since August 12, 2019. He began his career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 1987 as a Correctional Officer at California Correctional Institution (CCI).  In 1995 he promoted to Sergeant at Ironwood State Prison (ISP).  He continued to move up the ranks in various custody classifications while at ISP.

In 2015 he promoted to an Associate Warden at San Quentin State Prison.  In July 2017 he was appointed Chief Deputy Warden at RJDCF.

CEO W. David Smiley

W. David Smiley began his career with CDCR in 2011 as the CEO of Health Care Services at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran. In January 2013, David transferred to Mule Creek State Prison and then in June 2017 Deuel Vocational Institution. With the closing of Deuel Vocational Institution in 2021, David has returned to Mule Creek State Prison as of July 2021.

Prior to 2011, David held CEO positions at Kentfield Hospital, San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital and CPC Sierra Gateway Hospital, and was Northern California Regional CEO for Sun Health Care Group. During his tenure he earned numerous recognitions including the President’s Award, CEO of the Year and Hospital of the Year.

David holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and is a Diplomate of the American College of Health Care Executives. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the California Healthcare Association, and as Chairman of the Board for the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California.

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.