The California Model

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San Quentin Transformation

In March 2023, Governor Newsom announced the future transformation of San Quentin State Prison into San Quentin Rehabilitation Center.


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What is the California Model and how is it transforming criminal justice in California?



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California’s prison system is on the verge of transformation that comes once in a generation.

Working with multidisciplinary experts, and building on international best practices and principles, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is building what will become the “California Model” – building safer communities through rehabilitation, education, restorative justice and reentry.

Various practices that will become part of the California Model are being incrementally tested in a handful of prisons, including Valley State, Central California Women’s Facility, Salinas Valley, and California Medical Facility.

(Read a message about the California Model from Secretary Macomber.)

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When we work together to change the environment of our prisons to be healthier for all, we will make a significant positive impact on the lives of our staff and incarcerated individuals.

CDCR Secretary Jeff Macomber