Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP)

The Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP) is a branch of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).


Our mission is to protect public safety by providing rehabilitative programming to California’s state prison population and community parolees. We provide opportunities to change criminal thinking patterns, promote pro-social behaviors through education and cognitive-behavioral intervention, and increase employability through career technical training and transitional reentry programs.


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

  • Program Quality: Ensure all DRP programs provide the necessary value, maximizing use of state funds, creating a safe prison environment, and effectively reducing recidivism.
  • Program Resources: Ensure DRP maximizes all resources, providing the most effective programming for men and women incarcerated in California’s state prisons.
  • Program 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 inmate is admitted to state prison and continues through his/her release to county jurisdiction or until the end of his/her 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 duplicative processes and procedures, combines necessary resources, and breaks down perceived silos that create inefficiencies.

Rehabilitative Process

From newly incarcerated to long-term inmates, everyone should think about their future release from prison. Starting early with rehabilitative programs is the best way for an inmate to be prepared for success upon release.

Rehabilitative Programs and Services

An inmate 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. These needs may include: education, job training, and anger management counseling — just to name a few. Depending on where the inmate is in their sentencing, the options for rehabilitative services may vary.

Click here to see all the rehabilitative programs and services offered by DRP.

Who We Are Video

Who We Are

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 inmates and parolees to reduce their likelihood of re-offending by the time they return to their homes and communities.