Building Strong Systems

Office of Correctional Education Programs

Updated December 2016

This correctional education and re-entry initiative of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) provides incarcerated adults at state prisons with education and career training to help increase public safety and reduce recidivism. Programs include basic skills, career technical education (CTE), and high school diploma and equivalency acquisition. 

Initiative funding for FY 2016-17 was $199 million.

Resources: Overview, Legislature (SB1391)

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Correctional education programs that serve adults are required to join their regional Adult Education Block Grant Consortia and collaborate on a region-wide plan for adult foundational skill building.

Participants could benefit from alignment of education while incarcerated with opportunities during re-entry. Many communities offer programs through the Second Chance Act, focused on building support for those leaving incarceration.

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