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      RJ Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) Information Guide

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      R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD)

      480 Alta Road
      San Diego, CA 92179

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      Mission Statement, Statistics, Programs and History

      George A. Neotti,

      Physical Address
      480 Alta Road
      San Diego, CA 92179
      (619) 661-6500

      Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility - Mission Statement
      The primary mission of the R. J. Donovan Correctional Facility is to provide housing and supervision for inmates classified as medium - high custody encompassing a Minimum Support Facility, two Reception Center Facilities, one Level III General Population Facility, and one Level IV, Sensitive Needs Yard. Designed as a training and work-oriented facility, RJD provides comprehensive vocational, academic and industrial programs.

      Institution Details and Programs
      In April 1989, the institution activated its reception center for incoming felons from local counties including San Diego, Imperial, Orange and Los Angeles. The reception center completes diagnostic tests, medical screening, and literacy assessments for classification to determine the inmate’s initial institutional endorsement.
      Institutional Hearing Program (IHP) at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility is designed to prepare inmates who are illegal immigrants for release to the United States Department of Homeland Security custody and the 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) and Say No to Drugs. Inmates participate in face-to-face discussions with juveniles explaining the downfalls of drug use, gang life, criminal thinking, and how to avoid life in prison.
      Rehabilitative inmate leisure activities include social, educational, recreational and mentoring groups. R. J. Donovan Correctional Facility offers study in the areas of Commercial Class B Driving License; Recycling and Green Industries; Food Handling; Coastline College; the FDIC Money Smart program; Creative Writing; and, the highly acclaimed Thinking for a Change. Inmates may also participate in United Through Reading, the 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, C-Tech Electronics and Welding.
      Religious services are provided for inmates of all denominations. R. J. Donovan employs a Catholic Priest, a Protestant Chaplain, a Muslim Imam, a Jewish Rabbi and a Native American Spiritual Leader. In addition, nearly 600 volunteers provide volunteer-led religious and other programs such as KAIROS, Alternatives to Violence, the Urban Ministries Institute and many other faith-based programs.
      The Prison Industries Authority employs inmates in the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility laundry, bakery, and casual shoe factory.

      Special Notes
      The R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility was named for the late Assemblyman and Judge Richard J. Donovan, who sponsored legislation to build a State Correctional Facility in the San Diego area. However, the Honorable Donovan passed away before the institution was built.

      Institution Details
      PBSP is located on 275 acres on the North Coast of California, 13 miles from the Oregon/California Border. The institution opened in 1989 to accommodate a need for a growing population of maximum security inmates. Currently in its twentieth year of operation, PBSP operates with a budget in excess of $180 million.

      Institution Statistics
      R. J. Donovan was opened July 1987, and covers 780 acres. As of Fiscal Year 2006/2007, the following statistics apply:

      Number of custody staff:
      Number of support services staff:
      Total number of staff
      391 1,353

      Annual Budget:
      $144 million

      Designed Bedspace & Count

      Facility Level
      Design Capacity Count
      200 392
      III 500 1,404
      IV 500 1,124
      RC 1,000 2,142
      Firehouse 8 8
      Total 2,208 4,770

      Inmate Programs

      • PIA: Bakery, Laundry, Optical Lens Manufacturing, and Casual Shoe Factory
      • Vocational: Cabinet Making, Machine Shop, Network Cable Technology, and Welding
      • Academic: Adult Basic Education, High School/GED, Pre-Release, English as a Second Language, Literacy Program, Limited College Courses, and Bridging
      • Other: Community Service Crews, Youth Diversion, Religious, Arts in Corrections, Bicycle Refurbishing, Victim Awareness, and Drug Treatment/Diversion

      Family Reunification Liaison
      CDCR provides through a contract with a community-based organization an on-site Case Manager as a family reunification liaison for inmates and family members, to assist with an inmate’s pre-release preparation; and conduct Parenting and Creative Conflict Resolution classes for inmates.

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      Visiting Information

      Visiting Days and Hours:

      Saturdays & Sundays Designated Holidays
      8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. New Year's Day, Independence Day
      Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

      Window visits require an appointment:

      Phone number for visiting is (619)661-6500 wait for automated system to start then enter 6670 this will take you directly to visiting.

      Mail the completed questionnaire to
      Attn: Visiting Sergeant and/or Lieutenant
      480 Alta Road
      San Diego, CA 92179

      Identification Required for Visiting

      All adults must present identification when being processed to visit. Acceptable forms of identification must be valid and current (not expired) and include:
      Also remember what you use on the CDCr 106 is the Identification you must bring with you to process for visiting
      • A driver’s license (from any state) with photo;
      • A Department of Motor Vehicle identification card (from any state) with photo;
      • An armed forces identification card with photo;
      • A United States Department of Justice Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) identification card;
      • A United States passport with photo or a foreign passport with photo; or
      • A photo identification issued by the Mexican Consulate.

      (children under 18 years old) are required to be accompanied by an adult who is an approved visitor. If the minor child(ren) is accompanied by his/her parent, the only paperwork necessary is a certified copy of the minor child(ren)’s birth certificate. If the minor is accompanied by his/her legal guardian, a certified copy of the minor child(ren)’s birth certificate and proof of legal guardianship is required. If the minor child(ren) is accompanied by someone other than his/her parent or legal guardian, in addition to the certified copy of the minor child(ren)’s birth certificate, the adult must also bring a notarized written consent authorization form (see
      Attachment 2) signed by the minor child(ren)’s parent or legal guardian expressly giving permission for the minor child(ren) to visit a prisoner. The written consent authorization form must include the name of the prisoner the minor child(ren) is allowed to visit, the name of the person who is authorized to bring the minor child(ren) into the prison, and the date(s) of the proposed visit(s). The notarization must be on the original written consent authorization form and cannot be attached to it. The written consent authorization form to bring in a minor child(ren) must be updated each year.

      Attire Restrictions

      There are restrictions on what you may wear to a prison. In general, there are four rules to remember:
      1. Do not wear clothing that resembles the clothing that prisoners wear
      a. Blue denim pants;
      b. Blue chambray shirts;
      c. Orange jumpsuits or Orange tops with Orange bottoms;
      d. Red tops (Pleasant Valley State Prison only); or
      e. Dresses that resemble prisoner muumuu (female institutions only)
      2. Do not wear clothing that resembles what custodial staff wear
      a. Forest green pants;
      b. Tan shirts; or
      c. Camouflage
      3. Dress conservatively and modestly; and
      4. Do not wear any item that cannot be taken off and will not clear a metal detector
      (such as an underwire bra or clothing with metal buttons).
      There are specific restrictions:
      • No blue denim, blue chambray, orange jumpsuits or orange tops with orange bottoms;
      • No forest green bottoms with tan tops;
      • No camouflage unless identification shows active or reserve military personnel;
      • No strapless, halter, bare midriff, sheer, or transparent clothing;
      • No skirts, dresses, or shorts that expose more than two inches above the knee;
      • No clothing that exposes the breast, genitalia, or buttocks area;
      • No very tight, form-fitting attire;
      • No wigs, hairpieces, extensions, or other headpieces except for medical reasons and with prior approval;
      • No hats or gloves, except with prior approval or in inclement weather; and
      • No shower shoes.

      Items a Visitor May Bring

      Visitors are strictly limited in the items they may bring into the prison. Items allowed without prior approval are limited to the following:
      • A $50 limit per adult and $20 limit per minor; only as dollar bills, dollar coins and quarters (change machines are usually available but they may be out of order or out of change);
      • A small (generally 6” by 8”) clear, plastic purse or bag;
      • Two keys on a ring with no other attachments. One key may be an electronic car keys;
      • Identification (as previously specified);
      • A comb or brush; non-metallic, no pointed end or detachable parts;
      • A small unopened pack of tissues or a handkerchief; no bandannas;
      • A pair of prescription glasses;
      • Ten Photographs, no larger than 8” by 10”; photos may be shown to the prisoner, but must be taken out by the visitor at the end of the visit; photos cannot be Polaroid and may not include any sexual or gang images; photos will be viewed by staff during processing;
      • Documents up to 10 pages, no larger than 8-1/2” by 11” (standard size typing paper); usually such documents will be either papers for the prisoner’s signature (for example, tax forms), information to share with the prisoner (for example, pages showing classes available through a correspondence course), or family papers (for example, a child’s report card, certificate of achievement, or drawing), but they can be anything that can be sent to the prisoner through the mail. Documents will be viewed and read by staff during processing and must be taken out by the visitor at the end of the visit;

      If you have an infant or toddler
      • The following baby items are allowed when bringing in an infant or toddler: any combination of two factory-sealed single serving size, ready to feed
      bottles of baby formula or two transparent plastic baby bottles either empty or containing pre-mixed formula/milk/juice/water; three non-glass containers of baby food in sealed packaging; one plastic spoon; six disposable diapers; one sealed package of baby wipes; one change of clothing; one small blanket; two searchable small toys; one transparent pacifier; one burp cloth; baby carrier; and clear plastic diaper bag (12” by 20”);
      • Inclement weather gear that may include hoods, raincoats, hats, scarves, and gloves during the winter or sun hats during the summer. [Note: Prisons still vary on inclement weather gear; it is recommended you check prior to your visit.]

      I. Medical Items Allowed
      If you have a need to bring in items relating to a medical condition, you must have documentation from your doctor as to its need. The documentation must include the doctor’s name, address, telephone number, and medical license number and must be updated every two years. With such verification as to its medical necessity, the following are allowed:
      • Prescription medications that are life-sustaining or condition-stabilizing, such as inhalers or nitroglycerin; medications must be in the original pharmacy container with the patient’s name, the pharmacy name, and the doctor’s name, as well as the medication’s name. Quantities of medication are limited to what may be needed during the visit.
      • Mobility devices such as canes, crutches, and wheelchairs; some prisons do not allow personal canes, crutches, or wheelchairs to be taken into visiting but require the visitor to exchange his/her personal device for a prison-issue device and then exchange back after the visit.
      • Hats with documentation that they are medically necessary.
      • Seat cushions or backs with documentation that they are medically necessary.
      • If you have an implant or prosthetic device that includes metal and will set off the metal detector, you must have documentation from a doctor specifying the nature and location of the implant or device. With such documentation, staff will use a wand to sweep your body instead of the metal detector to ensure security.

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      Friends on the Outside

      For over 50 years,
      Friends Outside has been providing services to
      incarcerated and reentering people, their families and communities.

      A Brief History of Friends Outside

      Established in 1955 by Rosemary Goodenough, a Quaker and tireless advocate for social justice, incarcerated people and their children and families, Friends Outside has over 55 years of experience working inside institutions and with families and children of incarcerated individuals. Our fundamental principles today are still firmly rooted in the Quaker philosophy from which they were born dating back to the eighteenth century.
      It was the height of the civil rights movement during an era when ideas and norms were being challenged; there was a growing awareness that huge groups of society were excluded and needed to be brought into the community. A small but passionate group drove a social justice cause that, over the next 50 years, produced programs and services that have made a significant impact on incarcerated people, their families and children.

      Su Casa Visitor Center
      R J Donovan Correctional Facility
      P.O. Box 432340
      San Ysidro, CA 92143
      (619) 710-1645

      They are located on the prison grounds, here you can seek shelter if you are waiting for someone to come out from visiting.
      Get a change of clothing if what you are wearing is not allowable.

      If you want to donate clothing or games and books for the visiting rooms
      here is where you can drop them off for them to be submitted to the prison

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      Mail/Packages (quarterly & special purchase)

      Inmate Mailing Address
      Sending Money To An Inmate Address
      480 Alta Road
      San Diego, CA 92179
      480 Alta Road
      San Diego, CA 92179

      How to Send Money
      There are four ways to send money: personal check, cashier's check, money order, and electronic funds transfer (EFT). Cash, traveler checks, and foreign currency are not accepted. See below for further explanation.

      Checks & Money Orders
      All checks and money orders should be sent by mail to the institution where the inmate is currently located; refer to the specific institution's webpage for the mailing address. The inmate's name and CDCR number, along with the sender's name and address is required on all checks and money orders.

      NOTE: Personal checks and Money Orders are held for 30 days before being deposited into the inmate's account.

      Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
      You may also send money electronically through one of the following companies:

      Items you CAN send to RJD
      Binder Paper -150 sheets of paper (white or yellow)
      Postal Stamps - 2 books of stamps (no personal stamps allowed)
      Envelopes - Total of 40 Must be moisture sealed- no self sealing envelopes
      Photos - 10 per mailing (no larger than 8x10, no Polaroids, nudity)
      Greeting cards - 10 per mailing 3.5x4.5 allowed (plain, no foil, glitter, metal springs, etc.)
      Letters - (no lipstick, perfume)
      Internet Printouts - 10 sheets
      Magazines and paperback books- must be shipped from the vendor (must be shipped from a book vendor)
      News Paper Subscriptions
      Calandards - no larger than 12x12 (no spiral binding)

      Items you CANNOT send to RJD:

      Cotton paper
      Frontal Nudity Photos

      Phone Calling Cards

      Stickers, Tape, or Glue-
      None on/inside ANYWHERE

      Padded Envelopes-
      (bubble wrap lined, etc)
      Anything Wire, Metal, or Plastic

      “Spiral” Notebooks
      Cash or Checks
      Photos larger than 8x10

      Quarterly Packages/Special order purchases

      January 1st through March 31st
      April 1st through June 31st
      July 1st through September 31st
      October 1st though December 31st

      Quarterly packages are any food, clothing, and toiletries there is no Dollar restriction just weight. Total package weight is 30 lbs, this includes the packing 450 ounces of product and 30 ounces for packing material

      Special order purchases - This is for TV's, Radios, Guitars, Typewriters things that would typically take up the weight limit for a regular quarterly package.

      Access Securepak
      P. O. Box 50028
      Sparks, NV 89435-0028
      Ph: (800) 546-6283
      1774 Industrial Way
      Napa CA 94558
      Ph: (800) 660-9255
      Mikes Better Shoes
      1252 Berlin-Haddonfield Road
      Voorhees, NJ 08043
      Ph: (800) 431-1911
      Music by Mail
      129 31st Street
      Brooklyn, NY 11232
      Ph: (718) 369-6982
      Packages R Us
      2648 East Workman Ave. #424
      West Covina, CA 91791
      Ph: (866) 303-7787
      Union Supply Direct
      P.O. Box 7006
      Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220-7006
      Ph: (866) 404-8989
      The Vitamin Outlet
      Fitness Systems Mfg. Corp.
      P.O. Box 2073
      Sinking Spring, PA 19608
      Ph: (800) 822-9995
      Yellow Ribbon Online
      580 N. Beach Street
      Fort Worth, TX 76111
      Ph: (866) 959-7426

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      Lodging Information

      Holiday Inn Express Hotel
      & Suites San Diego Otay Mesa

      2296 Niels Bohr Court
      San Diego, CA 92154
      (800) 718-8466
      Comfort Suites Otay Mesa
      2351 Otay Center Dr
      San Diego, CA 92154
      (619) 661-1966
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      (619) 429-8079
      Holiday Inn Express Chula Vista
      4450 Main St
      Chula Vista, CA 91911
      (800) 345-8082
      Rodeway Inn San Ysidro
      643 E San Ysidro Blvd
      San Ysidro, CA 92173
      (866) 611-6774
      Knights Inn-San Ysidro
      190 E Calle Primera
      San Ysidro, CA 92173
      (619) 690-9114

      Motel 6 San Ysidro
      160 E Calle Primera
      San Ysidro, CA 92173
      (619) 690-6663
      San Ysidro Hotel
      133 W San Ysidro Blvd
      San Ysidro, CA 92173
      (619) 428-9018

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      Don Felix Cafe
      143 W San Ysidro Blvd,
      San Ysidro, CA
      Tony's Mexican Food
      119 W San Ysidro Blvd,
      San Diego, CA
      Tacos Y Senor Mexican Food
      119 W San Ysidro Blvd,
      San Ysidro, CA
      106 E Calle Primera,
      San Ysidro, CA
      La Cachonda Cachonda
      110 E Olive Dr,
      San Diego, CA
      130 E. Calle Primero Rd.,
      San Ysidro, CA
      Ying Li Restaurant
      342 W San Ysidro Blvd,
      San Diego, CA
      Jack in the Box
      402 W San Ysidro Blvd,
      San Ysidro, CA
      East Coast Giant Pizza
      416 W San Ysidro Blvd Ste H,
      San Ysidro, CA
      Sundae Cafe
      360 E San Ysidro Blvd,
      San Diego, CA
      Mexico Viejo Mexican Food
      362 E San Ysidro Blvd,
      San Diego, CA
      Casa Mexicana
      380 E San Ysidro Blvd,
      San Diego, CA

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