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Sending money to an inmate at this institution is changing

Beginning March 2, 2015, this institution will participate in a 60-day pilot program using the Lock Box service. Lock Box allows for incoming inmate monies to be mailed to a secured centralized depository. Upon completion of the pilot program, these institutions will use the Lock Box service for inmate deposits of checks and money orders up to $999.99. Checks and Money Orders in the Amount in of $1,000.00 or more will still be accepted at the institution.

The process for Electronic Fund Transfers remains unchanged for ALL prisons. Find out more about sending money to inmates.

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD)

Aerial view of Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility. CLICK to download a copy. Warden Daniel Paramo

Physical / Mailing Address:

480 Alta Road

San Diego, CA 92179

(619) 661-6500

Daniel Paramo,


Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility - Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) is to provide housing and supervision for inmates classified as minimum - high custody, encompassing a Minimum Support Facility; one (1) Level III, General Population facility, one (1) Level IV, Sensitive Needs Yard (SNY) facility, and two (2) Level III, SNY facilities. Designed as a training and work-oriented facility, the RJDCF provides vocational, academic, and industrial programs.

Institution Details and Programs

The Institutional Hearing Program (IHP) at the RJDCF is designed to prepare inmates, who are illegal immigrants, for release to the United States Department of Homeland Security's custody and return to their country of origin.

Self-Help and Inmate Leisure Time Activity Groups include Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Criminal and Gang Anonymous.

Institutional Juvenile Diversion Programs include Convicts Reaching Out to People (CROP). Inmates participate in face-to-face discussions with juveniles explaining the downfalls of drug use, gang life, and criminal thinking, while advising on how to avoid life in prison.

Rehabilitative inmate leisure activities include social, educational, recreational, and mentoring groups. The RJDCF offers study in the areas of Recycling and Green Industries; Food Handling; Coastline College; Creative Writing; and the highly acclaimed Thinking for a Change. Inmates may also participate in a Veteran's Group and other volunteer-led community service activities.

Academic opportunities include Literacy and Adult Basic Education through GED. Vocational opportunities include the Machine Shop, Welding, and HVAC.

Religious services are provided for inmates of all denominations. The RJDCF employs a Catholic Priest, a Protestant Chaplain, a Muslim Imam, a Native American Spiritual Leader, and a Jewish Rabbi. Additionally, nearly (430) volunteers provide volunteer-led religious and other programs such as KAIROS, Alternatives to Violence/Hands of Peace, the Urban Ministries Institute (TUMI), and many other faith-based programs. Additionally, California Prison Industries Authority (CALPIA) employs inmates at the RJDCF in its laundry, bakery, and casual shoe factory.

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