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.

Our Stories and Messages of Faith

Our latest newsletter describes visits to medium-security units of Elmwood Jail. Here, you can read the full text of "Our Life Together" by Jim H. of Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church.

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

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.

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Latest News

"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.

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.