Rehabilitative programming opportunities are available to all offenders at various stages during their incarceration, including parole. During an offenders incarceration, they are provided medical, dental, mental health, institutional jobs, and an annual classification process. The basic steps of the rehabilitative process details the best way for an offender to be prepared for success upon release.
NOTE: Please note that each offender is subject to variables that may defer from the exact steps as listed below.
Step 1: Offender Enters Reception Area
Offenders received are provided orientation regarding key policies and procedures (PREA, ADA, Medical, MH, etc.) and various assessments, including their risk to reoffend and criminogenic needs.
- California Static Risk Assessment (CSRA)
- Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS)
- Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Reading
- Division of Adult Institutions (DAI) Security Assessments
- Healthcare Evaluations
Step 2: Begin Classification Process
Following reception and once at their home institution, an offender meets with their correctional counselor and goes through the classification committee process where they are placed on appropriate programming lists, including educational, treatment, and jobs/work assignments. Rehabilitative placements should be driven from CSRA, COMPAS, and TABE Reading along with an offenders discussion of needs/wants and case file information.
Once placed at a home institution, an offender will formally go through the classification process where DAI correctional counselors will review the offenders’ reception center information and discuss an offenders’ needs, wants, and goals while incarcerated, including different programming or institutional jobs that may be available to the offender at this specific location. The correctional counselor will review an offenders’ needs from COMPAS, TABE Reading scores, and any other applicable case file information to decide what programs best fit the offenders’ incarceration timelines. Here, counselors can leverage the Rehabilitative Case Plan in Strategic Offender Management System (SOMS) to help guide their recommendations during the classification process.
Step 3: Programming: Day 30 – Up to 60 months left to serve
Offenders’ may be placed in various programming aimed to focus on gaining any necessary educational achievements along with any voluntary programs.
- Innovative Grant / Offender Activity Groups
- Library Services
- Recreation Programs
If an offender has a need for education services and is placed on an academic list through the DAI classification committee, Correctional Education instructors will administer a full TABE and Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) battery. These tests are aimed to gather a full understanding of an offenders’ math and reading needs and estimated grade level. Here, it is critical that all barriers to receiving educational services be mitigated to avoid potential disruptions of the learning process.
During the Innovative Grant process, DRP awards grants to non-profit vendors. These vendors provide offender activity groups programming similar to historical self-help programming and include programs such as the Prison Yoga Project and gardening. They are coordinated at the local institution level through DAI’s Community Resource Manager. DAI is responsible for finding space, coordinating activities/times, developing class assignments, and coordinating all grantees access to the institution.
LIBRARY AND RECREATION
These services are made available to the offender population by the Division of Rehabilitative Programs. However, access to programming can sometimes be determined by safety and security issues. DRP plays a critical role to ensure offenders are provided literacy improvement opportunities, rich literature content, law library services, and research materials for college classes.
Once an offender reaches a High School Diploma or Equivalency (GED, HiSet) level of education, DRP works with local and national colleges to provide both on-site face-to-face college and college correspondence. DAI plays a critical role in the assignment process for these courses as they can significantly change from semester to semester – this drives a large workload for DAI. Creating and maintaining flexibility in assignments and scheduling allow the offender to attend college, assignments, jobs, or other programming.
Step 4: Programming: 48 – 60 months left to serve
Offenders may be placed in various programming aimed to address criminogenic needs, obtain a higher education level, or both.
- Career Technical Education (CTE)
- College Programming
CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION
While DRP delivers the career technical programming, offenders are also placed through the DAI classification and offender assignment process. This programming, geared toward an offender nearing their earliest possible release date, is often complicated by other offender programming needs and priorities, further creating complexities for the DAI classification and assignment process. Additionally, DAI’s Offender Assignments prioritizes placement in these programs for offenders closest to release with the highest risk and highest needs. This classification is often complicated by educational location, custody issues, and institutional job and other assignments needed prior to release. To be successful in CTE programming, having an appropriate math and reading level are often critical aspects. DRP’s Career Technical Education programming under DRP acts as a pre-apprenticeship program to potential Institutional and Prison Industry Authority jobs.
Once an offender reaches a High School Diploma or Equivalency (GED, HiSet) level of education, DRP works with local and national colleges to provide both on-site face-to-face college and college correspondence. DAI plays a critical role in the assignment process for these courses as they can significantly change from semester to semester – this drives a large workload for DAI. Creating and maintaining flexibility in assignments and scheduling to allow the offender to attend college, assignments, jobs, or other programming.
Step 5: Programming: 12 – 24 months left to serve
Offender may continue receiving treatment and educational programming in-prison or may elect, if eligible, to participate in community-based reentry programs.
- Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program (CCTRP)
- Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP)
- Transitions Reentry Program
- CAL-ID Program
- Cognitive Behavioral Interventions (CBI)
CDCR allows male and female offenders to participate in community-based reentry programming (CCTRP, MCRP) prior to formal release from custody. These reentry programs are aimed to supplement any programming not received while incarcerated (employment/education/treatment) while also creating linkages to critical community-based needs to better engage and create a warm hand off for an offenders formal release to parole/probation. Again, Correctional Counselors play a critical role here to ensure that offenders available to go to these programs go through the classification process and are placed on the approved programming lists in order to participate in this programming.
TRANSITIONS REENTRY PROGRAMMING
DRP employs Transition Reentry teachers that focus on employment, transitions, and financial literacy for an offender within their last year of incarceration. DRP supplies the DAI programming assignment office with a list of offenders to be assigned to the classroom. It is really important that appropriate case planning has occurred throughout an offenders’ incarceration to allow them adequate time to take this 5-week course prior to release. Equally as important, DRP should make this programming available to all offenders prior to release which often requires rotating on yards, etc.
Prior to an offenders’ release and with other pre-release programming/information, DAI Correctional Counselors will meet with offenders and discuss their eligibility/need to receive a California identification card upon release. DAI will work with the offender to complete necessary forms within appropriate time frames, where the forms are then routed to DRP for tracking and processing. If eligible, an ID will be sent back to the institution to give the offender upon checkout order. Ensuring the ID is available and given to the offender is critical to support an offenders’ successful reentry.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS
While DRP facilitates and delivers treatment programming through contracted providers, offenders are placed on wait lists through the classification process and offender assignment process at the right time. Importantly, the case planning is necessary to allow offenders to take multiple needs and accomplish other priorities prior to release. Additionally, DAI’s Offender Assignments office prioritizes placement in these programs for offenders closest to release with the highest risk and highest needs which can drive significant workload. These assignments are often complicated by treatment location, custody issues, and institutional job and other assignments needed prior to release. It is also very important for DRP to make this programming available to offenders prior to release which often requires rotating on yards, etc.
Step 6: Programming: 210 days left to serve
Offenders participate in Parole Planning designed to help them successfully reenter the community from prison.
During the pre-release phase of an offenders’ incarceration period, offenders will meet with DAPO staff that administers a COMPAS reentry assessment focused on criminogenic needs of those in post-incarceration. At this time, DAPO in-prison staff will work to refer offender to programming addressing any unmet criminogenic needs directly following incarceration. Once in the community, DAPO parole agents work closely with DRP to get parolees into available community based services, including treatment, employment, transitional housing, and other community services needed to best effectuate an offenders successful reentry into society.
Step 7: Parole / Back into the Community
Parolee successfully rejoins society. DRP works closely with DAPO to provide comprehensive post-release rehabilitative programs and services located in communities throughout the state of California delivered through residential, outpatient, and drop-in centers.
- Day Reporting Centers (DRC)
- Community Based Coalition (CBC)
- Parolee Service Center (PSC)
- Transitional Housing Program (THP)
- Specialized Treatment for Optimized Programming (STOP)