Alternative Custody Program

The Alternative Custody Program (ACP) is a voluntary program developed for eligible incarcerated individuals that allows them to serve up to the last 12 months of their sentence in the community in lieu of confinement in state prison. Eligible participants may be housed in a private residence, a transitional care facility, or a residential drug or other treatment program.

ACP participants remain under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and are electronically monitored and supervised by parole agents while in the community. One day of participation in ACP shall be in lieu of one day of incarceration in a state prison. Participants receive credits for time served they would have received while incarcerated in state prison.

The consideration process includes a preliminary assessment of the proposed residence or private program, identifying community resources available to the individual, developing an Individualized Treatment and Rehabilitation Plan, completing a thorough review of criminal activity and performance while incarcerated and supervised under probation and/or parole, culminating in an Institutional Classification Committee (ICC) chaired by the Warden or designee. If approved by the ICC, a final assessment of the residence or private program ensures the placement remains appropriate.

Adhering to the ITRP and conditions set forth by the participant’s Case Manager (Parole Agent), ACP participants are expected to maintain employment, further their education, and/or work on their rehabilitation through outpatient treatment, self-help classes, and groups to assist in controlling their addictions and developing employment, educational, vocational, and intrapersonal skills. Ultimately, the ACP provides participants a pathway to re-enter society as productive citizens with supervision while providing guidance to help them navigate their rehabilitation.

How to Apply for ACP

An incarcerated individual may request ACP placement by submitting an ACP Application and Voluntary Agreement (CDCR 2234) to the assigned Correctional Counselor II (CCII) at the institution; or mailing the form to:


Division of Rehabilitative Programs

Women and Children Services Unit (WCSU)

1515 S Street, Rm. 415S Sacramento, CA 95811

Note: The residence or program the individual notates on their CDCR 2234 ACP Application and Voluntary Agreement must be able to allow the prospective ACP participant to reside there until the incarcerated individuals’ Earliest Possible Release Date (EPRD), barring any unforeseen circumstances.

If an individual is requesting ACP placement in a private program, an acceptance letter from the program must be submitted with the CDCR 2234. The acceptance letter must be signed by an authorized representative of a private program acknowledging acceptance of the individual to their program.

Inquiries regarding the ACP should be directed to the Division of Rehabilitative Programs, Women and Children Services Unit at (916) 327-1283.