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

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

The step-by-step process:

  1. Offender’s risks and rehabilitative needs are assessed.
  2. Offender meets with their correctional counselor and is placed in appropriate programs and/or education, based on rehabilitative needs.
  3. Cognitive Behavioral Treatment is provided for substance use disorder, anger management, criminal thinking, and family relationships.
  4. Offender applies for California Identification card.
  5. Eligible offenders enroll in pre-employment and financial literacy programs.
  6. Reentry assessment directs offender to appropriate parole programs.
  7. Parole Agent enrolls and supports parolee program participation and progress.
  8. Parolee successfully rejoins society.

Offender Status:

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

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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.

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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 Inmate
is tomorrow's neighbor.

Division of Rehabilitative Programs

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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.