Will house more than 1,500 inmates with dedicated room for rehabilitation
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today dedicated two new housing facilities at Mule Creek State Prison that include expanded space for rehabilitation programs and medical and mental health care.
“The activation of these beds is key to remaining below the federal population cap, and avoiding a court-ordered early release of inmates,” said CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan. “The medical, mental and rehabilitative space in the new facilities helps give our inmates a constitutional level of care. I'm also encouraged by the growth in our long-standing partnership with Amador County.”
The 60-acre, self-contained facilities are next to the original part of the prison. The new structures, known as Facility D and Facility E, are designed to house up to 1,584 medium-security inmates. The inmates become eligible for lower-custody housing based on their in-prison behavior and participation in rehabilitation programming. The new facilities also include 94,000 square feet of space for rehabilitation classes, family visits, and offices for teachers, counselors and other support staff, as well as support for medical and mental health needs.
In addition, the facilities are designed to meet Silver-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The environmentally friendly features of the new facilities include low-flow water fixtures, highly efficient lighting and low-emission construction materials.
Mule Creek State Prison is located in Ione in Amador County, approximately 60 miles southeast of Sacramento.
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APRIL 19, 2016
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