Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy

of Santa Clara County, Inc.

Jail Ministry is a Ministry of Love

The primary mission of CIC Ministries is to respond to the individual spiritual needs of detained youth and incarcerated adults in Santa Clara County, CA and present the good news of God's love and forgiveness. As people respond to those messages of faith, they can experience lives of purpose and hope.

3,500 men and women are incarcerated in Santa Clara County jails on any day. The average inmate's stay is six months, with some staying 8 - 10 years.

To serve their spiritual needs, CIC Ministries trains teams of volunteers to conduct Bible studies, group classes, worship services, and one-on-one pastoral counseling inside county jails. Join more than 300 volunteers from across the Bay Area who volunteer in jail.

The Chapel at Elmwood Jail

Volunteers entering the Chapel of the Minimum-Security yard of Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas.

Our Stories and Messages of Faith

Who would voluntarily return to jail, and be eager to do so? Rev. David Robinson tackles the problem of defining "success" in jail ministry.

Finding God in the Darkness

Chaplain Liz Milner interviews longtime volunteer Chaplain Sonia Lopez of Christian Worship Center Bay Area about her journey of faith. Sonia currently leads one worship service a month at CCW for the minimum security ladies, and sees inmates for 1-1 counseling in Spanish and English weekly. "God is using my brokenness and pain, allowing me to minister to the broken women here at CCW, and it moves me every time I come in. "

See the "Our Stories" section to read more about volunteer and inmate experiences inside the jails.

Send us a note to add your own.

"Going In, Staying In" Jail Ministry Training

CIC Ministries conducts three to four jail ministry training seminars each year, hosted by partner churches in throughout Santa Clara County. Our seminars are free and open to the public.

JANUARY 13, 2019

1:30 - 3:30 pm

484 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95112


Sat. April 27, 2019

9:30 - 11:30 am

460 S. Cypress Ave, San Jose, CA 95117

CIC Ministries is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Donations are tax-deductible. Please send checks to CIC Ministries, PO Box 360068, Milpitas CA 95036

Faith-building is recognized by all as a powerful factor in rehabilitation, restoration, reconciliation and successful reentry into our community. Thank you for supporting jail ministry.