R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility (Kairos Prison Ministry)

San Diego Reader Kairos Prison MinistryTall, barbed-wire fences surround R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility near the San Diego-Mexico border. Approximately 5500 inmates call the blue-and-white cement buildings home. Twice a year Kairos Prison Ministry runs a three-day weekend program for the inmates. All visitors sign in and acknowledge that in the event they are taken hostage, the authorities will not barter for their lives.

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  • lisa cole

    August 22, 2006, 12:24 pm

    please help me i dont know if my husband is o.k. its been over 2 weaks since ive gotten a letter, i dont think he has gotten any money i sent or stamps,, ive not been approved to visit its been 3 months since i applied. if you can help me know he is o. k. please contact me my phone # 760-317-6481 his name is david dawayne cole d.o.b. 09-04-1970

    thank you
    lisa cole

  • arielle locke

    February 23, 2007, 11:11 pm

    Hlleo I am going to see an inmate tomorrow 2/22/07, I will ask if he knows anything about your husband.
    Glory be to be God, keep your head up…

  • tracey willaims

    February 17, 2008, 10:18 am

    I have not herad from my husband in over a year. His family is not helping,,, please let him know that,,, I have sent letters and have not herad anything??? I am living with my mother still please call (619) 444-1363
    Thank you & God Bless
    Tracey Williams

  • Jim Stuart

    February 29, 2008, 11:16 am

    I applaud your ministry. I have been a volunteer counselor at prisons abroad and in Georgia and know there is a serious need for your kind services.
    God bless you.

  • Keri Davis

    March 4, 2008, 3:03 pm

    I dont know if you can help me or not. But I just located one of my mothers (sue) younger brothers in the RJ Donovan facility..I trying to find out why he is there and I know he has faith so maybe he attends your sermons.. His name is Patrick John Smith #V24116 I am is niece and I have grown children that he does not know please help if you can. feel free to give him my email if you can… Thank you, Keri Davis (Voyles)

  • Chester Mowery

    March 31, 2008, 5:50 pm

    My wife and I are inquiring about information and assistance to getting into prison ministry. We minister the gospel at Living Water Church in Bidwell, OH and are attempting to sow seed in the prison community. Could you help in this area?

  • helen davis

    May 17, 2008, 10:01 am

    my son has been in donovan since oct of 07 and has been in solitary confinement for most of the time that he has been there. Supposedly this time it’s for his own safety as he has been beaten, raped, and stabbed, since he’s been there. He spent two weeks in the Crisis Treatment Center not too long ago and then was transferred back to solitary. My son is not a violent person they have him on Lithum and Lord only knows what else. They took all of his personal belongings again and also charged him what little money I had been able to send him to mail stuff back to me. I don’t understand why, if solitary confinement is for his own safety, they have taken his belongings from him. He’s in lock down 23/7, they won’t let him call home, now they’ve told us he can’t have newspaper clippings, I was sending him comics, etc. nothing dirty or anything like that, poems, stuff to try and keep him uplifted. He is a soft-hearted person, loves people, and no he’s not perfect, but then who is?? I am 2000 miles away and can’t get out there again right at present and this is hard on me, always wondering, what next? If he was a violent person I could understand maybe. As it is, we, here at home are very concerned about his well-being. A few weeks ago the cell wiring caught fire and they made them all stay in their cells!! This is outragous and dangerous how can they do these things and get away with it? What if the place had caught on fire and the guys couldn’t have gotten out? How would the “officals” explain that ? My son wanted me to get an address for OSHA or someone that he could write to about all of this and apparently they don’t post recent addresses or one that a person can write to. I am hoping that my son will be able to get probation early or be moved somewhere better before long. I know that the governor is supposed to be transferring inmates etc. When? So far he hasn’t done much appears to us like. My daughter and I both e-mailed him, she was told there was nothing they could do and that’s a lie. He’s the only one that can do something to help us!! If you know of anyone would you please let us know? We are in Booneville, Ms. and I’m hoping to get to San Diego before the summer is out to see my son. Thank you for reading this.
    H Davis

  • helen davis

    May 17, 2008, 10:12 am

    How can we help my son from 2000 miles away? He has been beaten, raped, and stabbed since being confined to Donovan in Oct. 2007. He’s in solitary confinement for his own protection, yet they took his belongs again, won’t let him have the stuff I was sending him before to help try and keep his spirits up, comics, little upliftin articles, etc. nothing dirty or anything, just comments and stuff like that, things I knew that would help him to smile. He is not a violent person, in fact I sometimes think he would be fairing better if he was more aggressive. He yells, but he’s never been much at physical aggression, even after spending 6&1/2 years in the Navy. Please let us know if there’s somebody out there we can contact to help us help him. Thank you.
    H. Davis

  • F Benghiat

    May 24, 2008, 2:41 am

    Does anyone know if actor Tom Sizemore is at this faciity and if so his jail no?

  • Beth Manrique

    December 5, 2008, 9:32 pm

    Hi, I am a teacher at the neighboring East Mesa School. I’m just wondering if there is something I can do for your ministry? I have some students going to Donovan and since God sent me to juvie, I discovered more of His gifts and purpose for me. I write to my students in the prison and try to keep encouraging them. I’m interested to know more of your ministry. Thank you.