Our agency currently offers the following programs within the adult correctional facilities in San Mateo County, which provide rehabilitation, education, and stress reduction. These have had a positive effect on not only the Inmates, but also on our community as a whole.
The Inmate message requests are directed from the correctional facilities to the agency.
Phone calls can be made to family, friends, attorneys, and probation officers, in the following area codes: 510, 415, 650, 408, 925, 831, 669, and 707.
An appropriate short message must fit in the Nature of Request section on the Inmate Request Form only. No third party calls. We are unable to call programs that require some type of acceptance.
We are unable to go into the Inmate’s property to remove any kind of items. We do not pick up property or money for the Inmate. This includes, but is not limited to, going to the police station or courthouse to obtain reports.
The Inmate requests are directed to the agency and must be submitted and processed by the Service League. There is $10 fee and you must allow 7 business days to process the request. This service is provided once a week.
Documents or checks that need an Inmate’s signature must be brought to the Service League office only. If the document or check is approved it will be brought to the Inmate to sign. We do NOT cash any checks. We do not provide postage, fax or personally deliver mail for Inmates.
We can make 10 copies of legal documents for Inmates per week.
The Law Library is offered to all incarcerated offenders and is supervised by Service League staff. Inmates receive assistance from staff on how to access the legal materials. Inmates may ask for a specific item such as a particular code, case, legal form, or they may request to visit the jail law library to do research. The librarians are not allowed to advise Inmates in legal matters or conduct their research for them. This is primarily a criminal law library for the State of California. Anyone can request to go to the law library.Reading materials including books and magazines are provided to Inmates. A variety of materials including religious, educations and recreational reading materials are made available. Inmates may also have books sent to them per the guidelines regarding mail.
One brown bag of books can be picked up. Please include the Inmate’s name and ID number. Also, include the name and phone number of the person who is picking it up from the Service League office. Please only 5 books can be picked up at a time.
New books and magazines must be mailed in from the publisher or distributor. We are not allowed to bring into the jail books or magazines.
Our Religious Services Coordinator provides Pastoral visits, Bibles, religious material, a schedule of religious activities and marriage information.
Inmates may obtain two envelopes and two pieces of paper once a week if they have $9 or less on their books. The envelopes are 4 18 by 9 12 in letter style only. Service League is not allowed to deliver any mail for the Inmates. Reading glasses are also available upon request for Inmates who have $20 or less on your books once every 3 months.
Jail staff or the Inmate’s attorney must contact the Service League staff to initiate and arrange for clothing.
We are not allowed to give medical or legal advice. Service League is not allowed to provide counseling services.
The Service League has assisted in developing, and is presently monitoring these programs in San Mateo County Men’s and Women’s correctional facilities:
- Alcoholics Anonymous: This original 12 step program is a support group for alcoholics advocating reliance on a higher power to achieve total abstinence and a return to responsible behavior. Dedicated AA volunteers offer AA in both English and Spanish in the various facilities on a weekly basis.
AIDS Education: Because of the prevalence and consequent risk of HIV disease among IV drug users, this program is provided in the jails by the San Mateo County AIDS Project to make Inmates aware of the virus and to disseminate correct information about the disease and methods of protecting oneself against infection.
- Anger Management/Parenting: A voluntary, 4 week course of group work concentrating on exposing and teaching non-violent ways of dealing with frustrating situations both within families and in the real world.
- Domestic Violence Counseling: Because of the frequency of, primarily men, violating their probation and returning to jail for failing to complete a required number of hours of Domestic Violence Counseling during the year after sentencing, the Court in collaboration with Probation Department and the Service League, has instituted a program in the Maguire facility requiring certain Inmates to begin counseling while in custody, and to assist those Inmates in continuing the counseling when released.
- CHOICES: A program for men and women, sponsored by the County Health Department, offering a therapeutic community approach to substance abuse intervention based on the Delancey Street model. The Service League provides volunteers for special programs and Inmate services.
Mediation: Volunteers train with the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center and bring workshops to the Women’s Correctional Center. The workshops, held monthly in different locations in the jails, will present common Inmate-to-Inmate conflicts and will provide the participants with the tools necessary to negotiate rather than fight.
- GED Tutoring: The County Office of Education offers GED tutoring and testing at the Maguire Correctional Facility and the Women’s Correctional Center. The Service League aids this effort by recruiting and training volunteers to tutor Inmates one to one on various aspects of the test.
- Job Search Workshop: Inmates at the Women’s Correctional Center are offered this workshop weekly. Topics covered include interviewing skills, attitude adjustment, and proper behavior and dress while on the job. Participants construct their own resume. Group feedback is encouraged as a positive learning experience.
- Narcotics Anonymous: This 12 step program set up for drug addicts is offered in all facilities. Like AA, NA is a support group for addicts using reliance on a higher power to achieve total abstinence and a return to responsible behavior.
- One To One Contacts: The Service League facilitates contact with those on the outside by taking requests from the Inmate, medical staff, and custody staff and attempting to match the request with a volunteer.
- Project Read: In association with the Redwood City Library, the Service League is recruiting and training volunteers to carry this Basic English literacy program to Inmates. The interested Inmate is tested to ascertain a reading level, and then paired with a tutor who develops a program of interest in an effort to develop reading skills and comprehension. The inmate is re-tested periodically to measure progress.
- Substance Abuse Information and Pre-release screening: The Service League also provides access to the Inmate to community substance abuse programs for pre-release screening for post-release entry into these programs. The Service League continuously and actively seeks volunteers and programs to interact with culture and language specific Inmate populations.