Ministry to Adults Imprisoned in County Institutions
In general, county institutions do not have chaplains. Instead, services are provided through the institutional programs deputy by volunteers.
Volunteers from Catholic Restorative Justice presently minister to those men and women confined at county adult facilities in Humboldt, Napa, and Sonoma Counties. Available services vary by location and depend upon the availability of volunteers and institutional requirements.
In Humboldt and Napa Counties, available services include one-on-one friendly visitation, pastoral visitation, limited Catechetical instruction, limited scripture study and limited liturgical support. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available upon inmate request and is dependent upon the availability and jail clearance of local clergy. Holy Eucharist is also available upon request.
In Sonoma County, a wide range of services are available to men and women at the Main Adult Detention Facility (MADF) and friendly and pastoral visitation are available at the North County Detention Facility (NCDF).
In Mendocino and Lake Counties, no regular services are offered. Arrangements can be made for pastoral visits. Please contact our office if you require services for someone confined in these two jurisdictions.
Ministry to Juveniles Detained in County Institutions
Unfortunately, few services are presently available for detained juveniles. limited pastoral visitation is available for those youths held in Napa and Sonoma Counties. Please contact our office for further information.