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PO Box 4381
Chula Vista
California 91909

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It is not adequate simply to incarcerate lawbreakers. The average CA prison population is about 4700 inmates in 4-5 secure yards. The CCPOA's May 1995 Public Safety position paper states,

We need to rehabilitate criminals. In this regard, prison ministry programs are probably the only worthwhile rehab programs because they go to the heart and motivation of a person. The rest is expensive window dressing...

It is impossible for one state-paid Protestant chaplain to be in all yards at once and to provide the time and training for effective, lasting change in the lives of broken people.

Pastors to Prisoners seeks funding to place an ordained minister on each yard, under the direction of the institutional chaplain, to facilitate the work of volunteer groups from the community, conduct follow up, Bible studies and worship services, pre-release seminars and be an ongoing role model. Yard Pastors serve the needs of all inmates, emphasizing shared beliefs and de-emphasizing disputable issues.

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I am a Chaplain for the California State prison system. I retired as the chaplain at the R J Donovan State prison in San Diego, CA. When I retired, this prison had 4800 inmates housed in 5 separate facilities. The State of California provides only one Protestant chaplain to serve all men on all ... more »
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