Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

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The prison cells were designed to house one person each, however, due to overcrowding, many house two prisoners each. As of March 2012, the facility's total population was 3,666, more than 166.6 percent of its design capacity of 2,208.In 1989, RJDCF opened a reception center which accepted newly-sentenced inmates from across Southern California. However, in 2012, the institution changed from its previous reception center mission, and completed the conversion of three of its five facilities to sensitive needs yards. Other missions have included housing and providing treatment to inmates with severe mental illnesses, and inmates who have been identified as having medium to high risk medical concerns.Donovan has five interfaith chapels. Each religion represented at Donovan gets a series of lockers to store materials.The prison includes a bakery that serves the facility and five other CDCR facilities. Each day, it produces about 9,760 loaves. About 85 prisoners work in the bakery, as of 2010. During that year, the monthly salary of a prisoner working in the bakery was between $90 ($105.52 when adjusted for inflation) and $100 ($117.24 when adjusted for inflation). KPBS said that bakery jobs were "desirable" compared to clerk and custodial jobs, which pay a monthly salary between $24 and $48.The prison also includes a shoe factory; it manufactures shoes used by prisoners throughout CDCR. It makes both high-top and low-top versions. About 1,000 shoes are produced every day. In 2010, the monthly salary for an employee was between $90 and $100, so the shoe factory positions are prized in Donovan.The prison formerly housed an eyeglass factory. It built glasses for Medi-Cal patients. About 115 prisoners worked in the factory. It closed in 2009. As of 2010, there are discussions about a possible reopening.On November 22, 2013, Sirhan Sirhan was transferred to Donovan. Sirhan was convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy. The transfer to Donovan occurred, coincidentally, on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert Kennedy's brother, John F. Kennedy.


Roy Norris – One of the two "Tool Box Killers"; was later moved to Donovan State Prison; died of natural causes on February 24, 2020.


Antron Singleton – Former rapper known as "Big Lurch" convicted of killing and cannibalizing his roommate; was later transferred to California Correctional Institution.


Anerae Brown – Former rapper and Crip known as "X-Raided" convicted of gang-related homicide; released on parole in 2018


The prison is situated on a mesa about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the Mexico–United States border, in the foothills of Otay Mesa overlooking the Mexican border. The Otay Mesa site is shared with six other properties related to law enforcement:


John Robert Schrieffer – Former physicist and Nobel Prize winner convicted of vehicular manslaughter; died in his sleep in July 2019.


the federal San Diego Correctional Facility privately operated by the Corrections Corporation of America


In 2010, it had about 4,800 prisoners. Between 150 and 200 of the prisoners were Native Americans.During that year prisoners belonged to 15 religious faiths.


Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF or RJD) is a U.S. state prison located in unincorporated southern San Diego County, California, near San Diego. It is a part of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. It is a 780-acre (320 ha) facility. It is the only state prison in San Diego County.


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