Office of External Affairs

What is the Office of External Affairs?

The OEA was established to function as a liaison between CDCR and its external stakeholders, fostering a streamlined approach to information sharing. These stakeholders include local and statewide law enforcement groups, community and faith-based organizations, city and county government officials, nonprofit organizations, and any other community group or organization. The OEA serves to keep CDCR stakeholders up to date with events and news concerning the Department and values the input of each of their stakeholders. In addition, the OEA is responsible for identifying surrogates from media market to back CDCR when support or clarification is needed.


The mission of the OEA is to further the interests of the CDCR through collaborative and communicative efforts with California communities and CDCR stakeholders.


The Vision of the OEA is to build and maintain enduring relationships with CDCR stakeholders, communicate Departmental information, support regional events and partnerships, foster a sense of community collaboration and value the input of CDCR stakeholders.


  • Quality Service and Excellence
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Advancement of Public Information and Communication
  • Collaboration and Coordination
  • Delivery of News, Resources, and Information

External Affairs-related questions:

Phone: (916) 445-4950 or (916) 324-6422

Albert Rivas, Chief

Vacant, Deputy Chief

Vacant, Associate Governmental Program Analyst

Department Information and Resources

  • The Division of Rehabilitative Programs mission, as part of CDCR, is to help offenders leave prison with better job or career skills, education, life skills, and confidence, so they can succeed in their futures despite past obstacles. DRP provides numerous rehabilitative programs and services to both prison inmates and parolees. Evidence shows successful rehabilitation is good for communities in a multitude of ways, including a significant reduction in criminal recidivism.
  • In-prison and community based reentry resources.
The Office of Victims and Survivor Rights Service maintains a comprehensive victim services program and establishes justice practices to ensure crime victims and survivors are afforded the utmost respect in exercising their legal rights. To this end, OVSRS is responsible for providing information, notification, restitution, outreach, training, referral and support services to crime victims and their next of kin.
The primary function of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's (CDCR's) Statewide Mental Health Program (SMHP) is to ensure patients have ready access to mental health services based on their need. Additionally, the SMHP works to ensure that the individual level of functioning of serious mentally disordered patients is optimized so their care may be maintained in the least restrictive environment.
The primary mission of the Conservation Camp program is to provide an able-bodied, trained work force for fire suppression and other emergencies such as floods and earthquakes. Established in 1946, there are now 43 camps. Learn more and contact the Office of External Affairs to become a partner or for help with an existing agreement.
Stay informed about CDCR's Federal Three-Judge Court Population Reduction Efforts. View and download reports concerning monthly population updates to comply with the court ordered 137.5 population reduction order, Non-Violent Second Striker Parole Consideration, including other legislative parole consideration measures. Find Male and Female Reentry Program updates.
The Office of Research publishes outcome evaluation reports measuring recidivism, including other various statistical summaries of CDCR's adult and juvenile offender populations.
The Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) conducts parole consideration hearings, parole rescission hearings and parole progress hearings for adult inmates and parolees under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The Office of Business Services (OBS) administers CDCR's non-IT contract services and procurement activities; property and records management programs; mail center, reproduction and correspondence control operations; Small Business (SB) and Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (DVBE) activities; and Merit Award Program.
  • CDCR Hiring Workshop February 21, 2018. [more info]
  • National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 8-14, 2018.
  • Save the date the Women Working in Corrections Conference, Sacramento, California, October 14-17, 2018. [more info]