Frequently Asked Questions on Good Conduct CreditsCDCR is charged with providing a safe and secure environment for everyone who lives in, works in, and visits its institutions. The rehabilitation of individuals entrusted to the department’s care is also a priority. To that end, CDCR will begin to house members of security threat groups (STGs) the same as everyone else – according to their individual case factors – and end the practice of clustering certain incarcerated people based upon their STG affiliation or membership, or based on where they lived before their incarceration. This is consistent with CDCR’s move away from an affiliation-based system to a behavior-based system, afford all incarcerated people the opportunity to take advantage of every rehabilitative program, and enable them to engage in prosocial behavior within CDCR and in the community when they are released. A person’s behavior should and will determine where they are housed.
CDCR is charged with providing a safe and secure environment for everyone who lives, works, and visits its institutions. Furthermore, the rehabilitation of individuals entrusted to the department’s care is also a priority. To that end, CDCR will continue to move toward a behavior-based model that focuses on providing the most programming opportunities for inmates in the least restrictive setting. This carries greater significance as incarcerated people in California prisons now have more opportunities to earn credits and be reunited with their families.
CDCR cannot and will not allow gangs to dictate the operations of its prisons. CDCR maintains a duty to provide opportunities for robust rehabilitative programming and to prepare people for success after prison, including the ability to peacefully co-exist among different races, backgrounds, and cultures.
A multi-disciplinary committee of professionals to include counselors, mental health clinicians, nursing staff, and others use objective criteria as guidelines to determine whether an individual can safely conduct their behavior and engage in rehabilitative programs positively.
CDCR expects all incarcerated people to engage in positive programming and behavior. Any individual or group who does not follow the rules and who inflicts violence on inmates and/or staff, will be subject to the disciplinary process and potential placement into higher custody level housing where they can be appropriately managed.