Ironwood State Prison

Ironwood State Prison

19005 Wileys Well Rd Blythe, CA 92225
(760) 921-3000

Ironwood State Prison - Mission Statement

The mission of Ironwood State Prison (ISP) is to improve public safety through the confinement of minimum and medium custody male offenders while providing them the life improvement skills needed to successfully re-integrate back into society upon parole.

These life improvement skills include but are not limited to: Self-help programs, Vocational and Basic Educational, Spiritual, and College Programs.

Institution Details

ISP jointly occupies with Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) approximately 1,700 acres of State-owned property, of which ISP encompasses approximately 640 acres. The prison complex occupies an estimated 350 acres with the remaining acreage used for erosion control, drainage ditches, and catch basins.

ISP was activated February 1, 1994. ISP has four semi-autonomous Level III facilities and an outside Level I facility. Each of the facilities contains five 270 designed housing units with a 100 designed bed capacity. Facility B has been converted to houses inmates with Sensitive Needs (SNY). One of the Level III 270 designed housing units in Facility A also has been converted to house the Administrative Segregation Unit. The Level I facility has two 100-bed housing units. The institution does not have a firehouse; fire protection is provided by shared services with CVSP.

ISP's designed capacity is approximately 2,200 inmates. Currently there are 3,895 inmates housed at ISP.

Office of Community Partnerships (OCP)

Strengthening Partnerships

OCP contributes to public safety by creating and strengthening partnerships with key stakeholders, identifying innovative, evidence-based programming for offenders, and strengthening the state and local continuums of service for offenders.

California New Start

CDCR is setting a high priority on linking inmate training programs to jobs in the community. The primary goal of CDCR's California New Start – Prison-to-Employment Program is to improve the employability of offenders leaving California prisons, to increase the likelihood that they will secure and retain gainful employment up reentry to their communities, reduce recidivism and enhance public safety. The partnership between CDCR, the Employment Development Department and the California Workforce Investment Board will further these goals.

OCP efforts include:

  • Working proactively in conjunction with Community Partnership Managers at each institution with volunteer organizations, law enforcement agencies, schools, universities, corporations, and various other agencies to build a positive working relationship between the CDCR and the community.

  • Creating strong partnerships with community-based providers, and the communities to which their offenders return, in order to provide services critical to the offenders' success on parole.

  • Supporting programs that unify and strengthen an offender's ties with family and other community support systems.

  • Creating opportunities to increase volunteer participation and monitoring the effective delivery of services to inmates and parolees.

  • Increasing communication and collaboration between the various sectors with the goal of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of systems available to meet the rehabilitative needs of offenders.

OCP Services and Programs

Volunteers Coordination – encourages the use of volunteers who advance understanding and cooperation between the CDCR and various community groups, religious groups, colleges and universities, and the general public. Volunteers represent a cost effective means of providing valuable and professional expertise. OCP provides policy development and administrative oversight of volunteers who augment services to the inmate population.

Community Collaboration – Serves as liaison to the community regarding the development of programs designed to reduce recidivism. The Division facilitates and encourages collaborative relationships with local government, non-profit agencies and service providers through the maintenance of the Community Resources Directory, the provision of technical assistance, and the convening of stakeholder forums.

Family Unification Services – Facilitates family unification for inmates through the Visitor Center Program and Prisoner Representative Program, services provided by a non-profit community organization under contracts managed by OCP. The Visitor Center Program – establishes visitor centers at all State prisons with an inmate population of more than 300 inmates. Each visitor center provides assistance to visitors with transportation between public transit terminals and prisons, child care for visitors' children, emergency clothing, and information on visiting regulations and processes, referrals to other agencies and services, and a sheltered area outside of the security perimeter for visitors who are waiting before or after visits.

The Prisoner Representative Program – provides inmates with assistance with family issues and pre-release planning. Prison Representative Programs which provides a Case Management Specialist inside correctional institutions to increase communication and visits between inmates and their families, increase contacts between institutional staff and families of inmates, locates lost relatives, and reduces anxiety regarding families and/or personal problems. The Case Management Specialists provide counseling in parenting and creative conflict resolution, and assist inmates with reentry, employment, or educational services. In emergencies, contract staff facilitate legal services, food, clothing, transportation, and lodging for inmate families.

A critical component to public safety -- including the prevention of further crime and violence -- is a successful transition for offenders into effective community-based after care services.

With this goal in mind, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) developed this community-based organization directory. The information in this directory is provided by representatives of the programs listed. The CDCR does not specifically endorse or validate any of the organizations listed in this directory.

The Community Resource Directory includes each organization's contact information as well as the services they provide and the primary regions they serve.

Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO)

The Division of Adult Parole Operations (Referred hereafter as DAPO) is responsible for the following area of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which include:

Protecting the community by enabling the parole agents to be an active part of the community's public safety plans; providing a range of resources and services to offer the opportunity for change; and encouraging and assisting parolees in their effort to reintegrate into the community.

DAPO produces a number of guidance documents as well as reports that provide information to parolees and the general public.

Among others, one of the documents produced is: The Parolee Handbook , which provides parolees a guide on resources available to them. Internally, DAPO has several units that manage resources for the Division: Our Program Development Unit manages statewide contracted services which provide parolees Residential Multi-service Centers ( RMSC ), Computerized Literacy Learning Centers ( CLLC ), various other Drug Treatment, and education programs, and numerous job-placement assistance programs . Some of the other programs DAPO manages are The Local Assistance Program , High Risk Sex Offenders , Parole & Community Team (PACT), and the Transitional Case Management Program (TCMP).

The DAPO has representatives in offices across the state that provide services to parolees. They can be reached at any of the 193 parole units and sub-units in 84 different locations throughout the state. Please contact any the Public Information Officer (PIOs) that represent your Region of interest. Alternativelly, we invite you to visit the DAPO Map of Resources for program locations, resources, and contact information

Visitation Information

The intent of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's (CDCR) Visiting Program is to develop and maintain healthy family and community relationships.

The CDCR oversees the incarceration of both adult and juvenile offenders, as well as providing parolee services to adult and juvenile offenders.

This page is intended to assist the general public in locating, contacting, visiting, and corresponding with inmates and juveniles who are in a CDCR Institution.

Visiting in CDCR facilities must be conducted in as accommodating a manner as possible in keeping with the need to maintain order, the safety of persons, the security of the facility, and the requirements of institutional activities and operations. Failure to comply with the established regulations and policies my result in warning, termination, suspension, or revocation of visiting privileges. The CDCR Inmate Visiting Guidelines help ensure the safety and security of staff, visitors, and inmates.

If you're interested in learning more about the locations of institutions to visit offenders, follow these links:

  • List of Adult Facilities and Locations
  • List of California Out-of-State Facilities
  • List of Community Correctional Facilities
  • List of Juvenile Facilities (DJJ)

Additional Resources

  • Contact a Prison Ombudsman
  • Find an Inmate (redirects to the CDCR Identification Unit)
  • View a list of Approved Vendors for Inmate Packages
  • Receiving Calls From Inmates and Youths
  • Visiting HOTLINE: 1-800-374-8474
  • Visitation Information

    The intent of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's (CDCR) Visiting Program is to develop and maintain healthy family and community relationships.

    The CDCR oversees the incarceration of both adult and juvenile offenders, as well as providing parolee services to adult and juvenile offenders.

    This page is intended to assist the general public in locating, contacting, visiting, and corresponding with inmates and juveniles who are in a CDCR Institution.

    Visiting in CDCR facilities must be conducted in as accommodating a manner as possible in keeping with the need to maintain order, the safety of persons, the security of the facility, and the requirements of institutional activities and operations. Failure to comply with the established regulations and policies my result in warning, termination, suspension, or revocation of visiting privileges. The CDCR Inmate Visiting Guidelines help ensure the safety and security of staff, visitors, and inmates.

    If you're interested in learning more about the locations of institutions to visit offenders, follow these links:

    For procedures on visiting CDCR facilities, follow the link below:

    • Guidelines for Visitors to Adult Prisons
    • Juvenile Visitor Guidelines (DJJ)

    Additional Resources

    • Contact a Prison Ombudsman
    • Find an Inmate (redirects to the CDCR Identification Unit)
    • View a list of Approved Vendors for Inmate Packages
    • Receiving Calls From Inmates and Youths
    • Visiting HOTLINE: 1-800-374-8474

     

     


 

 

 

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