Roadmap to Reopening for In‑Person Rehabilitative Programming

Reopening of rehabilitative programs will not be treated in a  “one size fits all” approach. Just as each prison is unique, so too are the programs that operate within them. When considering which in-person programs to activate, institutional leadership will consider such factors as reduced class size, staggered schedules or modified hours, and alternative sites such as outdoors or other nontraditional spaces to allow for physical distancing. 

When a facility enters Phase III, the progressive reopening of programs and services will be reviewed and implemented weekly by the institution — with the ultimate goal of returning to full operations.  

Anybody entering any CDCR institution must undergo verbal symptom screening, and temperature checks, wear facial coverings at all times, and submit to regular COVID-19 testing. 

Phase I  

  • No outside vendors, non-essential contractors, or non-employees permitted, other than those who are essential for supplying needed goods and services. Essential vendors, contractors, and non-employees include:  
    • Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment (ISUDT) program providers, including Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counselors.  
    • California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) representatives. 
    • Design and construction activities performed by consultants, general contractors, and the Inmate/Ward Labor (IWL) program. 
  • All students enrolled in academic programs to receive independent study packets.  
  • Students shall be administered educational assessments, with physical distancing.  
  • ISUDT participants receive program packets. 
  • The following programs are closed: Offender Mentor Certification Program (OMCP), in-person college, and Innovative Programming Grants/Arts in Corrections/volunteer programs.  
  • Congregate religious activities are not permitted. Services offered via video or cell-front when possible. 

Phase II

  • Inmate Activity Groups (includes Arts in Corrections, Innovative Grants Program, and other volunteer groups): The Community Resources Manager (CRM) will be the point of contact in coordinating the return of community-based organizations (CBOs) and volunteers to the institution. 
  • All Education courses, including Career Technical Education (CTE) and in-person college courses, may return when physical distancing can be maintained.  
  • ISUDT/OMCP services resume in group settings if physical distancing can be maintained.  
  • Indoor and outdoor congregate religious activities permitted if physical distancing can be maintained.  

Phase III 

  • Normal programming