Mule Creek State Prison

Coordinates: 38°22′13″N 120°57′12″W / 38.3703°N 120.9532°W / 38.3703; -120.9532
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Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP)
LocationIone, California
Coordinates38°22′13″N 120°57′12″W / 38.3703°N 120.9532°W / 38.3703; -120.9532
Population3,824 (116.4% capacity) (as of January 31, 2023[1])
OpenedJune 1987
Managed byCalifornia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
WardenPatrick Covello (Acting) [2]

Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) is a California State Prison for men.[3] It was opened in June 1987, and covers 866 acres (350 ha) located in Ione, California. The prison has a staff of 1,242 and an annual operating budget of $157 million.[4]

As of July 31, 2022, MCSP was incarcerating people at 115.2% of its design capacity, with 3,785 occupants.[5]

SNY Facility[edit]

Location of Ione in Amador County and Amador County in California

In 2005, MCSP became the only California state prison exclusively for Sensitive Needs Yards (SNY) inmates. SNY inmates are segregated from the general prison population for their own safety. Many are gang dropouts, informants, sex offenders, and former law enforcement officers.[6]

Notable inmates[edit]

Current notable inmates[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Michael Carson C88665 Serving a 75-to-life sentence. Has been eligible for parole, which has been rejected.[7] Serial killer who, along with his wife, Susan Barnes Carson, murdered 3 people between 1981-1983.[8][9][10]
Billy Lee Chadd C05801 Serving three life sentences.[11] Murdered 3 people between 1974-1978.[12]
Steven Carrillo BU0189 Serving a 41-year to life sentence.[13] Main perpetrator of the 2020 boogaloo murders in which he killed security guard David Patrick Underwood at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building on May 29, and then killed sergeant Damon Gutzwiller on June 6.[14][15][16][17]
Charley Charles V79696 Serving a life sentence.[18] Attempted murder of his son David in 1983 by trying to burn him alive.[19][20][21]
John Albert Gardner III AD5185 Serving a life sentence without parole.[22] Perpetrator of the rape and murders of 14-year-old Amber Dubois and 17-year-old Chelsea King.[23][24]
Luis Reynaldo "Tree Frog" Johnson C79631 Serving a 527-year sentence.[25][26] Sexually abused a 3-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy.[27]
Patrick Kearney B88913 Serving 21 life-sentences.[28] Serial killer who murdered at least 21 people from 1962-1977.[29][30]
Scott Peterson V72100 Serving a life sentence.[31] Convicted in the murder of his wife, Laci Peterson, and her unborn child.[32][33][34]
Robert Rozier P99863 Serving a life sentence. Currently serving time for check fraud.[35]Had been originally sentenced to 22 years for murder as part of a deal with the court to build a case against the Nation of Yahweh.[36][37][38][39]
Rollen Stewart H87708 Serving three life sentences.[40] Originally a well-known sports attendee, who always showed up with a colorful wig, was later convicted on kidnapping charges.[41][42][43]
Anthony Wimberly E76231 Serving 3 life sentences. Murdered 3 people in 1984[44]

Former notable inmates[edit]


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  24. ^ "Killer of Amber DuBois, Chelsea King Sentenced to Three Life Terms With No Parole". ABC News. Retrieved 2024-01-23.
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  31. ^ "Jury says Scott Peterson should die". NBC News. 2004-12-06. Retrieved 2024-01-23.
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  39. ^ Rohter, Larry (1992-01-06). "Sect's Racketeering Trial Is Set to Open". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2024-01-23.
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