American Sign Language (ASL) Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) Services provides infrastructure, service, and training, to accommodate deaf offenders enrolled in vocational or educational courses.
This initiative provides reasonable, yet innovative, accommodations for offenders that use ASL under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Combining the use of the internet, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) network, and existing video conferencing infrastructure, it is one of CDCR’s technological advancements designed to aid in rehabilitation.
Teachers and counselors who have one or more ASL deaf offender(s) in a rehabilitative class or session are trained on implementing this system. This training includes the operation of the equipment, scheduling VRI services, logging utilization and quality of the video conference sessions.
With the California Department of Rehabilitation advancing its rehabilitative efforts, deaf offenders are given more opportunities to reach successful parole.
VRI capability is available at:
An offender who is serving, or has served, their time on good behavior has access to many rehabilitative services and programs if they are determined to be in need. See Rehabilitative and Educational Services
Rehabilitative programs are the best way for an offender to be prepared for success upon release. The link below explains this process with an easy-to-follow diagram
See Technology Solutions for more information.
Technology has opened the door to more educational opportunities while simultaneously reducing government spending. Below is a list of technology initiatives at CDCR.
See Rehabilitative Program Videos for DRP program information and general insight of CDCR's offender rehabilitation.