Public Information on Inmate Integrated Housing
in Cells and Dorms

VideoView the video relating to Integrated Housing

In July 2008, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will implement Phase 2 of its Integrated Housing Program.

On this page, you will find information about in-cell integration.

You can see the video that has been shown to CDCR offenders over the past few months on the educational channels in adult prisons.

You can also download a copy of the brochure given to offenders about integrated housing. The brochure is in English and in Spanish.

Background on Court Case
In 1995, inmate Johnson filed a complaint in the United States District Court, Central District, alleging that CDCR’s reception center housing practice violated his right to equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment by assigning him cellmates on the basis of race.  CDCR prevailed in the District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Inmate Johnson filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court.  After clarifying the constitutional standard that applies to racial classifications imposed by government, the Supreme Court remanded the case to the Ninth Circuit for application of that standard.  The parties agreed to participate in mediation, which resulted in a Settlement and Release Agreement.

Typical CellOverview of New Policy
The integrated housing program is not about desegregating prisons.  Classrooms, programs, work assignments, yards, visiting, dining rooms, dorms, female offender housing, and conservation camps have long been integrated.  The integrated housing program ensures that inmate housing assignments in cells and dorms are made using rational objective criteria.  New procedures will utilize all available information and take into consideration inmates’ safety, security, treatment and rehabilitative needs in assigning inmates to cells and beds.  It also ensures that race will not be the sole determining factor in housing inmates.

Phase 1
has already been completed.
In Phase 1:

  • CDCR staff were trained.
  • Computer programming was completed.
  • Eligibility for integrated housing was determined for inmates by the review of individual case histories.
  • Each CDCR offender was assigned an integrated housing program code.
  • CDCR amended its Title 15 regulations and operational procedures to add new provisions to ensure the support of integrated housing.
  • The Office of Administrative Law approved the changes effective December 2007.
  • Informational brochures were given to offenders.
  • Inmates were educated about integrated housing by viewing a video on the institution television education channel.

On October 1st, 2008, Phase 2 of the Integrated Housing Program begin at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione and Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown.  Implementation will be by attrition.  Inmates will be housed in the first available and appropriate bed taking into consideration all relevant case factors.

Integrated housing will be gradually expanded to minimum-security general population housing and sensitive needs housing.

During Phase 3 integrated housing will be implemented in medium- and maximum-security institutions. 

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