CDCR-Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD)

State Prison

Last Updated: March 09, 2024
480 Alto Rd, San Diego, CA 92179
San Diego

RJD is for State Prison offenders sentenced anywhere from one year to life by the State Court in the county where the charges were filed

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Located at 480 Alto Rd in San Diego, CA, RJD carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. RJD offers diverse educational and vocational programs aimed at equipping offenders for successful reintegration into society and reducing recidivism. Through these initiatives, inmates gain skills and confidence, fostering personal growth and resilience.

When someone you care about ends up in a state prison, it can be tough to navigate the ins and outs of the system. From figuring out how to stay in touch to understanding what you can do to make their time easier, it can feel overwhelming. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get the lowdown on CDCR-Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) so you can stay connected and support your loved one during their time inside.

While incarcerated, reading is often the best use of time. Please note that books and magazines, puzzles, and word searches ordered for inmates must come directly from the publisher. This policy ensures that the items are new, untampered, and comply with the facility's regulations. Prisons and jails enforce this rule to prevent the introduction of contraband or prohibited materials. By restricting orders to publishers, the facility can better maintain security and control over the content entering the institution. Any books or magazines not received directly from the publisher will be rejected and not delivered to the inmate.

The RJD Correctional Facility operates with a multi-mission focus, catering to the diverse needs of its inmate population. The primary mission of RJDCF is to provide housing for General Population and Sensitive Needs Yard (SNY) inmates across Level I to IV custody levels. Additionally, RJDCF offers health care services and rehabilitative programs aimed at supporting inmates during their incarceration. Notably, RJDCF serves as a designated institution for inmates with severe mental illness and developmental disabilities, and it's responsible for providing officer coverage for inmates receiving treatment in community hospitals throughout San Diego County.

For SNY inmates, RJDCF provides separate facilities due to safety concerns, offering opportunities for work and education, including Adult Basic Education, college courses, GED programs, and Career Technical Education in fields such as Carpentry, Welding, Electronics, and Building Maintenance. General Population inmates, on the other hand, support the institution through various maintenance, food service, and janitorial roles. They also have access to educational programs like Adult Basic Education, GED programs, and Career Technical Education in areas such as Computer Literacy, Building Maintenance, and HVAC.

RJDCF houses three Non-Designated Programming facilities (Facility D, Facility E, and the Minimum Support Facility), where inmates from both SNY and General Population are housed together. This approach aims to provide greater access to self-help, educational, vocational, and rehabilitative programs, fostering a positive rehabilitative environment focused on inmates' successful reintegration into society.

Operated by CALPIA, RJDCF hosts a full-functioning bakery, a shoe factory, and laundry services. Inmates are employed in various roles, including maintenance, warehouse, and Health Care Facility Maintenance, providing valuable job skills training opportunities.

The institution also offers specialized programs such as the Substance Abuse Treatment (SAT) program, designed to provide intensive substance abuse treatment and support during incarceration and parole. Additionally, religious services are available for inmates of all denominations, facilitated by approximately 600 volunteers involved in rehabilitative and religious programs.

In terms of inmate healthcare, RJDCF follows strict protocols regarding the release of protected health information. Friends and family members can receive information about an inmate's health only if the inmate has provided authorization through an Authorization for Release of Protected Health Information form (CDCR-7385).

As a final note, the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility was named in honor of Assemblyman and Judge Richard J. Donovan, who sponsored legislation for its construction. The institution offers a wide range of programs, including vocational training, academic education, community service opportunities, and support services aimed at rehabilitation and reintegration.

Inmate Locator

RJD maintains a database of current inmates and their locations within the system. To locate an inmate, begin by using the DOC locator tool, which requires entering the first three letters of the inmate's first and last name, allowing for variations in spelling.

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