San Diego, California - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced it will open the Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program (CCTRP) facility that will provide female inmates with rehabilitative and transitional services before their release.

“This reentry facility is yet another example of California’s commitment to rehabilitation and better preparing inmates for life after their release,” said CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard. “Investing in rehabilitation pays dividends in the long run. For every offender who successfully transitions back into society, California’s taxpayers save thousands of dollars.”

The CDCR-owned facility will house 82 female inmates, with the possibility of increasing to 118 in the future. Initially, the services will focus on inmates who have 48 months or less remaining to serve.

The CCTRP will be operated through a four-year contract with the WestCare Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides behavioral and mental health services in 17 states and two territories. Staff will comprise WestCare employees and several current CDCR peace officers. Inmates are expected to start arriving at the beginning of August.

Programs will provide participants with gender-responsive supervision, treatment and services that increase opportunities for successful reintegration in their communities. Some of the evidence-based programs include employment guidance, family reunification services and a substance abuse program for women who require it.

The building comes at no cost to CDCR, which already owns the facility. The annual operating cost is $2.4 million.