Caltrans Parolee Work Crew Program

The Caltrans Parolee Work Crew Program provides transitional employment through litter abatement services for the Department of Transportation (Caltrans). This program is a partnership between Caltrans, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the Butte County Office of Education (BCOE), San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD), and the City of Oakland Golden State Works (GSW). The BCOE and SBCCD Day Reporting Centers (DRCs) work with the CDCR Division of Adult Parole Operations.

Parolees are assessed for job readiness to legally and physically work on transitional work crews that require manual labor. Eligible parolees that have completed most of their Individual Treatment Plan, and the first five day portion of life skills education, are placed on a work crew for up to 90 working days. The GSW program provides life skills education, employment preparation, transitional employment, permanent job placement, case management, and employment retention services. Parolees work four days per week on the work crew; then focus on employment and job placement services on the fifth day. Job referral and retention services continue for up to 12 months.


The Caltrans Parolee Work Crew has six locations statewide.

BCOE operates in the North, Central and Southern regions of California. SBCCD works in San Bernardino County. GSW works through the City of Oakland in Alameda County.

Program Length

The Caltrans Parolee Work Crew Program lengths vary, up to one year.


Parolees attending a BCOE and SBCCD DRCs who have completed a job readiness assessment, and legally and physically able to work on transitional job sites may be referred for enrollment by the Parole Agent of Record via CDCR Form 1502, Activity Report.

In the GSW program, parolees complete an evidence-based employment assessment to determine eligibility and must also be referred by the Parole Agent of Record via a CDCR Form 1502 Activity Report. Parolees in GSW who have a history of either penal code (PC) 457.1 (arson) or PC 290 (sex offense) may be excluded on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Information


Hours of Operation: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Central Regional Office


Back 2 Work Fresno

Los Angeles/Orange County Regional Office


Back 2 Work Los Angeles

Northern Regional Office


Back 2 Work Sacramento

San Diego/Inland Empire Regional Office


Back 2 Work San Diego


Hours of Operation: 7:00 am to 4:30 pm

San Bernardino County


San Bernardino Community College District

Economic Development and Corporate Training

City of Oakland (Golden State Works)

Alameda County

(510) 251-2240

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