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Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP)

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The Process

All incarcerated people should think about their future release from prison. Starting early with rehabilitative programs is the best way to prepare for success upon release.

The Rehabilitative Process
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The People

DRP is a branch of CDCR operating from headquarters located in Sacramento, California. DRP is at the heart of rehabilitation activity in CDCR. Its top priority is to provide rehabilitative programming and skills to incarcerated people and parolees to reduce their likelihood of re-offending by the time they return to their homes and communities.

Who We Are
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The Possibilities

Read stories about how formerly incarcerated people have found success through skills and job development completed through DRP.

Read Inside CDCR

DRP is a branch of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

An incarcerated person who is serving their time on good behavior has access to many rehabilitative services and programs. These needs may include: education, job training, and anger management counseling — just to name a few. Depending on where someone is in their sentencing, the options for rehabilitative services may vary.


To facilitate the successful reintegration of the individuals in our care back to their communities equipped with the tools to be drug-free, healthy, and employable members of society by providing education, treatment, rehabilitative, and restorative justice programs, all in a safe and humane environment.


DRP operates under three core values: quality, resources, and performance.

  • Quality: Ensures all DRP programs provide the necessary value, maximizing use of state funds, creating a safe prison environment, and effectively reducing recidivism.
  • Resources: Ensure DRP maximizes all resources, providing the most effective programming.
  • Performance: Monitor key performance indicators such as program completions, attendance, certifications, learning gains, and fidelity.

These guiding values provide a framework for DRP executives and staff as they work toward creating a “Roadmap to Rehabilitation”. Such a roadmap begins the day an incarcerated person is admitted to state prison and continues through their release to county jurisdiction or until the end of their parole supervision. A Roadmap to Rehabilitation is an essential element in navigating a productive and crime-free life. Essential to DRP’s success are partnerships with the Division of Adult Institutions (DAI), the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO), and Enterprise Information Systems (EIS). A renewed and focused partnership removes duplication processes and procedures, combines necessary resources, and breaks down perceived silos that create inefficiencies.

In-Prison Programs

Focusing on Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, pre-release education, planning, skills, and acquiring a California identification card.

Pre-Release Community Programs

Allowing eligible people committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the community, instead of an institution.

After-Prison Programs

Providing transitional and supportive services to parolees.

More DRP Resources

Still Have Questions?

If you need further information or assistance with DRP-related programs and services, please phone, email, or mail our division.