Arts in Corrections

Arts-in-Corrections (AIC) is an arts program designed to reduce recidivism. AIC allows inmates to express themselves and create self-awareness through the integration of a visual, literary and performing arts curriculum. The program focuses on topics used for strengthening rehabilitation. The classes are led by professional artists and specialized organizations depending on the specific program. Inmates can express themselves therapeutically, through drawing, writing, dancing, poetry, acting and other artistic methods. When available, many program recipients take advantage of the public exhibitions and performances offered to inmates, giving them the opportunity to showcase their work.

Click [ HERE ] for printable information on AIC.


  • Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP)
  • High Desert State Prison (HDSP)
  • Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP)
  • Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP)
  • California State Prison, Corcoran (COR)
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (SATF)
  • Valley State Prison (VSP)
  • Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP)
  • San Quentin State Prison (SQ)
  • California State Prison, Solano (SOL)
  • California State Prison, Sacramento (SAC)
  • Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP)
  • California Institution for Women (CIW)
  • California Rehabilitation Center (CRC)
  • California Institution for Men (CIM)
  • Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD)
  • Centinela State Prison (CEN)
  • Ironwood State Prison (ISP)
  • Sierra Conservation Center (SCC)
  • California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC)


Program eligibility varies by institution and workshop.


Program enrollment varies by institution.


Program length varies by institution and contractor.

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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

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