Cognitive Behavioral Treatment

Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment that teaches offenders how to identify and change destructive thought patterns, which have a negative influence on behavior.

CBT curriculum focuses on goal-oriented treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem solving that transforms thinking patterns and behaviors. CBT modalities are offered in the following areas:

  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Anger Management
  • Criminal Thinking
  • Family Relationships

Click [ HERE ] for printable information on CBT.


CBT is available in all CDCR institutions.


CBT programs vary in length from three months to six months.


Offenders with an identified criminogenic need for CBT modalities and have between six months to five years left to serve. Offenders are placed on the appropriate waiting list by the Classification Committee, based on the California Static Risk Assessment and Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions assessment.

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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.
See Rehabilitative and Educational Services

Specific Rehabilitative Offices:

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

See Rehabilitative Process

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.

See Rehabilitative Program Videos for DRP program information and general insight of CDCR's offender rehabilitation.