The mission of the Department of Correction is to serve and protect the citizens of Santa Clara County and the State of California, by detaining the people under its supervision in a safe and secure environment, while providing for their humane care, custody and control. The Department will maximize opportunities for offenders to participate in programs that reduce criminal behavior and enhance the offender's reintegration into the community. This objective will be accomplished in a cost-effective manner in the least restrictive setting, without compromising public safety.
The Santa Clara County Department of Correction recognizes its contribution to the quality of life and a safe community through the delivery of professional correctional services. We meet the challenge of providing these services by basing our thoughts and actions on the following shared values:
Public Safety and Security
We value public safety and security by providing quality services to the community through accountability, dedication, professionalism, innovation and vision.
We value integrity by demonstrating ethical behavior, good character, and solid principles. We do what is right, fair and honest even when no one is looking. We uphold our position of trust.
We value respect and treating each other with dignity, while recognizing the ideas and opinions of individuals.
We value our staff by providing the opportunity for professional development and personal growth. We strive to encourage, recognize, and reward loyalty, commitment, demonstrated leadership and exceptional work performance.
We value teamwork because it promotes efficiency, increases performance and enhances effective communication. We are open-minded, cooperative and prepared to help.
Positive Behavior Change
We value our ability to deliver effective rehabilitative programs, activities and education, which will facilitate positive change in inmate behaviors while promoting healthy lifestyle choices.
These values guide our actions as we seek better ways to accomplish our mission.