VRI provides infrastructure, service, and training, to accommodate deaf offenders enrolled in vocational or educational courses.
This initiative provides reasonable, yet innovative, accommodations for offenders that use American Sign Language (ASL) under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Combining the use of the internet, the CDCR network, and existing video conferencing infrastructure, it is one of CDCR’s technological advancements designed to aid in rehabilitation. VRI also meets a required mandate for CDCR.
The mandate stemmed from the 1994 Armstrong v. Schwarzenegger Case ¬ a case that found the State of California not meeting ADA compliance within their prison systems. Not only did the Division of Rehabilitative Programs respond with this initiative in place, but it will continue to expand and develop as its needs are identified.
Teachers and counselors who have one or more ASL deaf offenders in a rehabilitative class or session are trained on implementing this system. This includes operation of the equipment, scheduling VRI services, logging utilization and quality of the video conference sessions.
With the Department of Rehabilitative Programs advancing its rehabilitative efforts, offenders are given more opportunities to reach a successful parole. VRI is an initiative designed to help reduce recidivism and build upon this endeavor.
VRI capability is available at SATF, CMF, RJD and CIM.
Rehabilitative programs are the best way for an offender to be prepared for success upon release. The link below explains this process with an easy-to-follow diagram
An offender 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.In-Prison Services
See Technology Solutions for more information.
Technology has opened the door to more educational opportunities while simultaneously reducing government spending. Below is a list of technology initiatives at CDCR.