The mission of Student Support Services within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), is to increase the academic achievement and success of offender-students with developmental, physical or cognitive disabilities and for those with a high risk of academic failure.
Student Support Services are focused on individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities; and is dedicated to developing policies that support quality academic services, accommodations, and modifications. These services are designed to strengthen student self-efficacy, resilience, and sense of belonging during the journey toward college and Career Readiness, High School Equivalency, High School Diplomas, Career/Industry Certifications and/or college degrees.
The Every Student Shall Achieve program provides support for youthful offender-students under the age of 22. The program seeks to ensure that all youthful offender-students have a fair and equal opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency in high school content standards and assessments. The program intends to meet the educational needs of low-achieving, and high-risk students enrolled in school by providing supplemental academic support from credentialed teachers.
Physical Education and Recreation is provided at each institution. Physical Education and Recreation provide offender-students with an opportunity to participate in organized fitness and recreational activities such as basketball, track, handball, board games, etc. Physical Education programs are based on the acquisition of knowledge and skills that are the foundation for engaging in physical activity. The program is geared to empower offender-students to sustain regular, lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive and fulfilling life.
Every Student Shall Achieve, and Physical Education and Recreation is available in all CDCR institutions.
Every Student Shall Achieve, and Physical Education and Recreation programs vary in length. Each offender-student progresses at their own pace.
Enrollment in these programs is voluntary and available to all offender-student who are interested in seeking additional support.
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.