Step Down Program (SDP)

The SDP is an incentive-based, multi-step process that provides offenders placed in a Security Housing Unit (SHU) the opportunity to earn enhanced privileges by refraining from participation in Security Threat Group (STG) affiliations and behaviors. The ultimate goal of SDP is to release the offender from the SHU.

Those who participate in the Step Down Program may be eligible for the following:

  • Interactive journaling
  • Group facilitation
  • Voluntary Education Program (VEP)
  • Elective programming
  • Pro-social videos

Click [ HERE ] for printable information on Step Down.

 LOCATIONS

  • California Correctional Institution (CCI)
  • Cal City Correctional Center (CAC)
  • California State Prison, Corcoran (COR)
  • Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP)
  • California State Prison, Sacramento (SAC)


 PLACEMENT

Inmates currently serving a SHU term due to their STG affiliation shall be afforded a Departmental Review Board (DRB) hearing to determine the need for continued retention in SHU and placement in the SDP. Newly validated STG affiliates will be placed into the SDP based upon level of affiliation and demonstrated involvement in STG activities.



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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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