DRP continues to make rehabilitation and education beneficial for the offenders while maintaining cost efficiency for the state. One solution is through technology.
Implementing new technology in California prisons create unique challenges including, but not limited to: physical space, location, security, connectivity, firewalls, and funding. DRP has developed a way to break those barriers, recently implementing new initiatives over the last couple years, including eReaders, Law Library Kiosks, and Internet Protocol Television Integration (IPTVI). DRP is currently implementing the following technology:
VRI provides infrastructure, service, and training, to accommodate deaf inmates enrolled in vocational or educational courses. This initiative provides reasonable, yet innovative, accommodations for inmates that use American Sign Language under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Combining the use of the internet, the CDCR network, and existing video conferencing infrastructure, it is one of CDCR’s technological advancements designed to aid in rehabilitation.
ARMS is a centralized, web-based data system that streamlines the lifecycle of rehabilitative treatment. It is the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR's) case management system solution which provides rehabilitation data for improved statistical analysis for program improvement.
ARCAID machines make comprehensive program and resource information easily accessible to parolees to help them successfully reintegrate into their communities. Each machine is a robust, durable kiosk featuring a user-friendly touch-screen interface, a dedicated printer, and access to a database of more than 800 community resources. Parolees can select a nearby resource from the category of their choice, view maps and contact information for their selections, and print directions to help them on their way. The self-guided interface makes it easy for parolees to find resources without the need for assistance. CDCR anticipates the ARCAID machines will increase utilization of rehabilitative programs while reducing parolees’ dependence on staff for research and referrals.
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.
IPTVI is a multi-channel streaming network that delivers secure educational and rehabilitative television programming to inmates.Programming consists of six channels, streaming a variety of up-to-date material. This material delivers rehabilitative and educational content, designed to supplement the offenders’ core curriculum and academic literacy, allowing them the opportunity to achieve milestone credits.
The Law Library Touch Screen is an Initiative developed to make legal research accessible to inmates – a requirement set forth by the courts. The kiosk is built rugged and durable, designed to withstand use in a high security environment. Through the simple use of its digital touch screen interface, the kiosk provides inmates access to a large legal database, while simultaneously helping them develop both research and digital literacy skills.
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
An offender who is serving, or has served, their time on good behavior has access to many rehabilitative services and programs if they are determined to be in need.In-Prison Services
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.