Step Down Program

The Step Down Program (SDP) is an incentive-based, multi-step process for the management of Security Threat Group (STG) affiliates. The SDP provides offenders placed in a Security Housing Unit (SHU) or a Restricted Custody General Population (RCGP) the opportunity to earn enhanced privileges by refraining from participation in STG affiliations and behaviors. The ultimate goal of SDP is to assist validated STG affiliates with transitioning to a general population setting.

Those who participate in the SDP receive the following:

  • Interactive Journaling
  • Group Facilitation
  • Voluntary Education Program
  • Elective Programming
  • Pro-social Videos

Click [ HERE ] for printable information on SDP.


SDPs are available in the following institutions:

  • California State Prison, Corcoran
  • Pelican Bay State Prison


SDP vary in length up to 24-months.


Offenders who are currently serving an SHU or RCGP or are a validated STG affiliate are eligible for the SDP are enrolled via the Institutional Classification Committee or Departmental Review Board.

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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.
See Rehabilitative and Educational Services

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

See Rehabilitative Process

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.