Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD)
Physical / Mailing Address:
480 Alta Road
San Diego, CA 92179
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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