Chapter 5. Gender Responsive Programs of California Penal Code >> Title 2. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 5.
The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shall do all
of the following:
(a) Create a Female Offender Reform Master Plan, and shall present
this plan to the Legislature by March 1, 2008.
(b) Create policies and operational practices that are designed to
ensure a safe and productive institutional environment for female
(c) Contract with nationally recognized gender responsive experts
in prison operational practices staffing, classification, substance
abuse, trauma treatment services, mental health services,
transitional services, and community corrections to do both of the
(1) Conduct a staffing analysis of all current job classifications
assigned to each prison that houses only females. The department
shall provide a plan to the Legislature by March 1, 2009, that
incorporates those recommendations and details the changes that are
needed to address any identified unmet needs of female inmates.
(2) Develop programs and training for department staff in
(d) Create a gender responsive female classification system.
(e) Create a gender responsive staffing pattern for female
institutions and community-based offender beds.
(f) Create a needs-based case and risk management tool designed
specifically for female offenders. This tool shall include, but not
be limited to, an assessment upon intake, and annually thereafter,
that gauges an inmate's educational and vocational needs, including
reading, writing, communication, and arithmetic skills, health care
needs, mental health needs, substance abuse needs, and
trauma-treatment needs. The initial assessment shall include
projections for academic, vocational, health care, mental health,
substance abuse, and trauma-treatment needs, and shall be used to
determine appropriate programming and as a measure of progress in
subsequent assessments of development.
(g) Design and implement evidence-based gender specific
rehabilitative programs, including "wraparound" educational, health
care, mental health, vocational, substance abuse and trauma treatment
programs that are designed to reduce female offender recidivism.
These programs shall include, but not be limited to, educational
programs that include academic preparation in the areas of verbal
communication skills, reading, writing, arithmetic, and the
acquisition of high school diplomas and GEDs, and vocational
preparation, including counseling and training in marketable skills,
and job placement information.
(h) Build and strengthen systems of family support and family
involvement during the period of the female's incarceration.
(i) Establish a family service coordinator at each prison that
houses only females.