Male Community Reentry Program

The Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) is a voluntary program for eligible males who have two years or less of their prison sentence left to serve. This allows eligible people committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the community, in lieu of confinement in state prison. MCRP is facilitated by the Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP).

Launched in 2015, MCRP is designed to provide a range of community-based, rehabilitative services that assist with substance use disorder, mental health care, medical care, employment, education, housing, family reunification, and social support. MCRP assists participants to successfully reenter the community from prison and contributes to reduced recidivism by using community-based rehabilitative services.  Rehabilitative services may include guidance and support, family reunification, community resources, education, employment, health care services, recovery groups, and housing.


MCRP is located in the following counties:

  • Butte (Multi-County: Tehama, Nevada, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Placer and Yuba)
  • Kern County
  • Los Angeles County (3 locations)
  • San Diego County

Program Length

Individuals are eligible to participate up to two years, but no less than 60 days, before their Earliest Possible Release Date (EPRD).


All eligible incarcerated people may volunteer for MCRP placement. Those determined potentially eligible for placement will be reviewed by the Institution Classification Committee (ICC) and, if approved for placement, referred to the Classification Staff Representative for endorsement. All participants are subjected to mandatory electronic monitoring and must agree as a condition of placement.

An individual can be endorsed for MCRP by a Classification Staff Representative when within 32 months of release, but will not be transferred until they are within 30 months or less of their release date. Those with fewer than 60 days to serve are not eligible for MCRP placement.

The ineligibility criteria includes, but is not limited to:

  • The County of Last Legal Residence (CLLR) is not serviced by an MCRP. (An individual must be approved for a transfer of supervision to a county serviced by an MCRP, prior to ICC’s review, to become eligible for review
  • Has a Penal Code (PC) Section 290 registration requirement, an R suffix, or current or prior conviction for a sexually violent offense as defined in subdivision (B) of the Welfare and Institutions Code Section 6600
  • Has a California Static Risk Assessment score of five (high violence)
  • Mandatory Minimum Placement Code for escape or when a walkaway has occurred within the last ten years of ICC’s review
  • Has an active or potential felony hold, warrant, or detainer
  • Has an active or potential Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold, warrant, or detainer
  • Has in-custody misconduct (Division A-C offenses) within the last 24 calendar months, except physical possession of alcohol and possession of drugs (distribution/trafficking offenses remain exclusionary)
  • Has been released from Security Housing Unit/Psychiatric Security Unit (SHU/PSU) within the last 12 calendar months
  • Validated Security Threat Group I (STG I) pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 15 Subsection 3378(c)
  • Has an Arson arrest(s) and/or conviction(s). Offenders may be considered eligible on a case-by-case basis if the CLLR MCRP facility is noncombustible
  • Close custody

In additional to the above noted criteria, certain case factors require a case by case review by the classification committee.

Stanford University Study

The purpose of the study was to provide a quantitative examination of MCRP’s effect on recidivism. Stanford University’s evaluation was based on program participant data received from DRP from Fiscal Year (FY) 2016/17 through FY 2018/19. The evaluation was completed on June 5, 2021.

  • The study found that the longer participants participated in MCRP, the less likely they were to be rearrested and reconvicted.
    • After seven months of participation, there was an 8 percentage point decrease in rearrests when compared to the control group. This equated to a 20 percent decrease in the average one-year rearrest rates

After nine months of participation, there was an 11 percentage point decrease in reconvictions when compared to the control group. This equated to a 37 percent decrease in the average one-year rearrest rate and a 92 percent decrease in the average one-year reconviction rate.

MCRP Contact Information

(916) 327-8998