About CDCR: Divisions and Boards
The Classification Services Unit
is committed to enforcing the placement of inmates into facilities and programs specific to their needs and toward the goal of providing opportunities for inmates to learn to live effective lives within the community. Through our partnerships with the institutions, parole division, Board of Prison Terms and other entities we are dedicated to providing the highest level of professional review, consultation and education in the field of inmate classification and effective population management. We strive to enforce a classification process that is fair and impartial, and to maintain a professional and cooperative relationship with the public .
The Program Support Unit
is a service-oriented unit responsible for analysis, guidance and assistance to the Division of Adult Institutions on issues related to fiscal, budgetary, personnel, inmate population, and institution resource needs. The Unit defines the elements and criteria required for current and future identification, interpretation, and accommodation of inmate housing; plans and directs division wide inmate bed activations and deactivations; and reviews custody position staffing at the 33 institutions associated with inmate bed activations and deactivations. In addition, the unit provides oversight, training, and direction regarding custody and food service positions Post Assignment Schedule and Master Assignment Roster, to ensure conformance to policy and reconciliation to budgeted position authority.
The Transportation Unit (TU)
is responsible for all transport needs of parole violators, and for transporting inmates to and from departmental institutions and contracted facilities. The TU’s Extradition Bureau is responsible for extraditing parole violators from locations within the United States and its territories, to return to the custody of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The Transportation Unit coordinates the transport of inmates with Classification Services Unit/Population Management, Parole and Community Services Division, and the Board of Parole Hearings.
The Correctional Case Records Unit
has the responsibility to administer and manage the Statewide Uniform Case Records System. The unit provides departmental and outside law enforcement staff with comprehensive information on which to base critical decisions affecting inmates and parolees. The unit provides training to Case Records Analysts at all the prisons.The unit oversees the Legal Processing Unit, the ID Unit, and the Archives Unit.
The Legal Processing Unit
reviews legal documents on cases with sentencing discrepancies and communicates with the court, District Attorney’s Office and Office of Attorney General to resolve discrepancies. The unit functions as liaison between CDC and related city, county, and State agencies on matters concerning the application of sentencing and parole laws.
Identification (ID) Unit
provides prison location of adult offenders within the jurisdiction of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. To locate an offender, you can call the Identification Unit at (916) 445-6713. You must provide the full name and the month, day and year of birth or CDC identification number for the subject of your inquiry. This unit can only provide the current location and CDC identification number for the offender. The Identification Unit does not have, and will not provide, any future release date information. This service is available only Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. excluding state holidays. You may also fax your inquiry to the Identification Unit at (916) 322-0500.
Please note that information for offenders recently admitted into or transferred between state prisons may not be available for 7 business days.
The Archives Unit
receives and maintains the records of all discharged felons. The Unit processes requests for documents for discharged felons from social service agencies, CDC staff, and State and national law enforcement agencies.
The Standardized Procedures Unit
provides guidance, support and oversight for the development and modification of procedures and/or operations impacting a wide variety of custody and security practices not otherwise assigned to the Mission Based Regions within the Division of Adult Institutions. These procedures include, but are not limited to:
- Institution Food Service operations
- Use of Force
- Recycle and Salvage Program
- Inmate Property, and
- Inmate Vendor Package Program
The unit is also responsible to review, propose, and prepare changes to the California Code of Regulations, Title 15, and the Department Operations Manual, as a result of, but not limited to, court order, legislation, executive order, or by Department action.
Inmate Appeals Office
This office reviews inmate appeals elevated to the third level and prepares the third level responses to such appeals.