Arts In Corrections (AIC) is a program that allows offenders to create self-awareness through visual, literary, media, performing, and folk and traditional arts opportunities. AIC is a partnership between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Arts Council, designed to prepare offenders success upon release, enhance rehabilitative goals, and improve the safety and environment of state prisons. AIC programs are led by professional artists and specialized organizations, focusing on topics used for strengthening rehabilitation. The goal of AIC is to expose offenders to classes where they can express themselves therapeutically through drawing, creative writing, dance, poetry, theater, and other artistic methods.
AIC is available in all CDCR institutions.
AIC programs lengths vary by program, institution, and contractor.
AIC programming is voluntary and enrollment varies by institution and workshop eligibility varies by institution and workshop.
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. See Rehabilitative and Educational Services
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 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.
See Rehabilitative Program Videos for DRP program information and general insight of CDCR's offender rehabilitation.