Female Offender Treatment and
Employment Program

The Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program (FOTEP) is designed to reduce recidivism through intensive substance use disorder, family reunification, vocational training, and employment services. The program is intended to provide a smooth transition for female offenders from custody to the community focusing on gender-responsive counseling services. In addition, there is a comprehensive case management component to assess the needs of the female parolees, and to provide the services and programs that would most likely result in their recovery and future gainful employment. Unique to FOTEP is the ability for the female parolees to have their children reside with them as they progress through their treatment and recovery.

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FOTEP facilities are located in the following counties:

  • Los Angeles
  • Merced
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • San Francisco
  • Orange


FOTEP program length varies with a maximum of up to 15 months.


FOTEP services are available to female parolees (with or without minor children) under the jurisdiction of the Division of Adult Parole Operations. Parolees should have an identified Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions need. Offenders are enrolled by the Parole Agent of Record via CDCR form 1502, Activity Report and all enrollments in the FOTEP requires a referral through the Specialized Treatment for Optimized Programming placement office.

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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.
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Specific Rehabilitative Offices:

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

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