Digital Textbooks

Educational success is a key component to reducing recidivism. eReaders are secure devices for digital textbooks that are accessed by offenders enrolled in college courses. The eReader initiative was designed to aid offenders in achieving their academic and educational goals. The eReader promotes accessibility and sustainability by providing access to academic resources virtually anywhere, and decreasing the environmental footprint by reducing hard-copy materials. Costs associated with printing and/or purchasing hard-copy academic materials is decreased, lessening the financial barriers for those students responsible for furnishing their own tuition, textbooks, and materials.

eReader photo The Voluntary Education Program (VEP) teachers check out eReaders each semester to offenders enrolled in college and other approved education programs. Academic textbooks are downloaded digitally onto the eReaders for offenders to access throughout the semester.

Click [ HERE ] for printable information on eReader.


eReaders are available at all institutions through the VEP.


eReaders may be available to all CDCR students enrolled in college correspondence courses through the VEP. Each student must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above to receive these training devices. Additional consideration is given to those closer to receiving their degree, nearing parole, or using financial assistance to participate in the academic programs.

DRP logo

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.