The Rehabilitation Process

Programming opportunities are available to all inmates, and the best way for an offender to be prepared for success upon release. Programs are available at various stages during incarceration, and also available upon parole. The Rehabilitative Roadmap outlines this process (below).


The Inmate Journey

Rehabilitation diagram

(Above) Rehabilitation roadmap diagram. Click HERE to view the Inmate Journey video.

The Step-By-Step Process:

  1. Offender’s risk to recidivate and criminogenic needs are assessed.
  2. Offender meets with their correctional counselor and is placed in appropriate programs and/or education, based on rehabilitative needs.
  3. Offender may be placed in various educational programs, including Academic and Career Technical Education.
  4. Offender may receive Cognitive Behavioral Treatment programs, including: Substance Use Disorder Treatment, Anger Management, Criminal Thinking and Family Relationships.
  5. Specialized programming is available for eligible offenders receiving long-term sentences.
  6. Offender can apply for a California Identification card.
  7. Offender may also enroll in community-based programs designed to help them successfully reenter the community from prison.
  8. Parole Agent enrolls the parolee in programs specific to their rehabilitative needs.
    Needs-based programs could include:
    • Connection with Housing Resources, Life Skills, and Family Relationships
    • Academic and/or Career Technical Education
    • Employment Assistance
  9. Parolee successfully rejoins society.

Offender Status:


incarceration icon

  INCARCERATED

If the offender is new to prison, they start their sentence at a CDCR Reception Center to determine where they will be placed.



nearing parole icon

  NEARING PAROLE

If the offender is not in reentry programming, but is nearing release, they should get a COMPAS assessment to determine if they are eligible or special rehabilitative programs that support a successful release and reentry to society.



on parole icon

  ON PAROLE

While the parolee must follow a very specific set of guidelines and obligations, there are many services available to aid the parolee in getting back on their feet if they seek them out.


Today's Offender
is tomorrow's neighbor.

Division of Rehabilitative Programs

pic of family

DRP logo

Rehabilitative programs are the best way for an offender to be prepared for success upon release. The link below explains this process with an easy-to-follow diagram

See Rehabilitative Process

See Technology Solutions for more information.

Technology has opened the door to more educational opportunities while simultaneously reducing government spending. Below is a list of technology initiatives at CDCR.