Step Down Program (SDP)

The SDP is an incentive-based, multi-step process that 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 Security Threat Group (STG) affiliations and behaviors. The ultimate goal of SDP is to release the offender from the SHU.

Those who participate in the SDP receive the following:

  • Interactive journaling
  • Group facilitation
  • Voluntary Education Program (VEP)
  • Elective programming
  • Pro-social videos

Click [ HERE ] for printable information on SDP.


  • California State Prison, Corcoran (COR)
  • Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP)


SDP programs vary in length up to 24 months


Offenders currently serving a SHU or RCGP term with validated STG affiliation member or associates.


An offender that is a validated STG affiliate or member, are placed by Institutional Classification Committee or Departmental Review Board.

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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

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