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 who have completed most of their Individual Treatment Plan 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, appropriate case management, and employment retention services. Each parolee that completes the first five-day portion of life skills education is also placed into transitional employment on a work crew for up to 90 working days. Parolees work four days a week on the work crew; on the fifth day, focus on employment and job placement services. Job referral and retention services continue for up to 12 months.
The Caltrans Parolee Work Crew has six locations statewide. The BCOE works with four DRCs in the following counties:
BCOE works with four DRCs.
- Los Angeles
SBCCD works in San Bernardino County. GSW works through the City of Oakland in Alameda County.
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.