Digital Textbooks

eReaders are secure digital textbooks that are accessed by inmates enrolled in college courses. The eReader initiative is designed to help inmates complete their academic milestone credits and reach their educational goals. Educational success is a key component to reducing recidivism.

eReader photo The Voluntary Education Program (VEP) checks out 7,500 eReaders each semester to inmates enrolled in college correspondence courses. VEP instructors download course textbooks digitally onto the eReader for the students. This initiative not only creates academic accessibility, but cuts hard copy printing costs. Cutting these costs help lower financial barriers for students, who are responsible for their own tuition, textbooks and materials.

Click [ HERE ] for printable information on eReader.


eReaders are available at all institutions through the VEP.


eReaders are available to all CDCR students enrolled in college correspondence courses through the VEP. Each student must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above to receive these training devices. Additional Consideration will be given to those closer to receiving their degree, nearing parole, or using financial assistance to participate in the academic 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.