California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is responsible for the operation of the California state prison and parole systems. CDC&R is the second largest law enforcement or police agency in the United States behind the New York City Police Department which employs approximately 34,000 police officers. Unlike most corrections departments, CDCR correctional officers are considered law enforcement officers (have peace officer powers while on duty). As of 2009, CDCR employed approximately 29,000 peace officers (state correctional officers), 1,800 state parole agents, and 692 criminal investigators/special agents. Its headquarters are in Sacramento.

Some of Our Services

  • Pre-Sentence Assistance
  • Sentencing Advocacy & Assistance
  • Reception Center/Designation Assistance
  • Programs Eligibility Assessment
  • Good Time & Incentive Credit Strategies
  • Community Re-Entry Assistance
  • Early Parole Eligibility
  • Probation Assistance
  • Commutations of Sentence
  • Pardon Petition

Programs Available to Eligible Offenders

  • In-Prison Substance Abuse Programs (SAP)
  • Conservation Camps – Fire & Forestry
  • Offender Mentor Certification (OMC) Program
  • Trauma-Informed Substance Abuse Treatment Program (TI-SAT) – Female Inmates
  • New Start Program – Prison-To-Employment Program

Community-Based Programs Available to Eligible Parolees

  • Community-Based Substance Abuse Programs
  • Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program (FOTEP)
  • Parolee Services Network (PSN)
  • The In-Custody Drug Treatment Program (ICDTP)
  • Senate Bill 1453

CDCR Expanded Incentive Credits for Inmates

Offenders incarcerated in a California prison to earn up to six weeks per year off their sentences by completing certain rehabilitation programs such as earning a GED or obtaining a vocational certificate. These programs are proven to reduce crime and assist in a successful transition into society.

In addition to the six-week incentive, offenders may be eligible for:

  • Extend existing time credits to include day-for-day credit for time served in the county jail from the time of arrest for specified offenders;
  • Provide two days of sentence credit for every one day after an inmate completes firefighting training;
  • Provide two days of sentence credit for every one day an inmate works in an institution firehouse; and
  • Provide a consistent rule of one day of credit for every day served for all eligible inmates whether they are on a waiting list for a full-time assignment, participating in programs, or undergoing reception center processing, so long as the inmate is discipline-free during that time;
  • Continue policies that cause inmates to lose credits for criminal misconduct, rules violations, and violence in prison.

California State Prisons

  • Avenal State Prison
  • California Correctional Center
  • California Correctional Institution
  • California Institution for Men
  • California Institution for Women
  • California Men's Colony
  • California Medical Facility
  • California Rehabilitation Center
  • California State Prison, Corcoran
  • California State Prison, Los Angeles County
  • California State Prison, Sacramento
  • California State Prison, Solano
  • California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran
  • Calipatria State Prison
  • Centinela State Prison
  • Central California Women's Facility
  • Chuckawalla Valley State Prison
  • Correctional Training Facility
  • Deuel Vocational Institution
  • Folsom State Prison
  • High Desert State Prison
  • Ironwood State Prison
  • Kern Valley State Prison
  • Mule Creek State Prison
  • North Kern State Prison
  • Pelican Bay State Prison
  • Pleasant Valley State Prison
  • R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility at Rock Mountain
  • Salinas Valley State Prison
  • San Quentin State Prison
  • Sierra Conservation Center
  • Valley State Prison for Women
  • Wasco State Prison