California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
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The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDC&R) is responsible for the operation of the California state prison and parole systems. CDC&R is the second largest law enforcement or police agency in the United States behind the New York City Police Department which employs approximately 34,000 police officers. Unlike most corrections departments, CDCR correctional officers are considered law enforcement officers (have peace officer powers while on duty). As of 2009, CDCR employed approximately 29,000 peace officers (state correctional officers), 1,800 state parole agents, and 692 criminal investigators/special agents. Its headquarters are in Sacramento.
Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals
The overarching vision is to end the causes and tragic effects of crime, violence, and victimization in our communities through a collaborative effort that provides intervention to at-risk populations and quality services from the time of arrest that will assist our clients in achieving successful reintegration into society.
The overarching mission is to improve public safety through evidence-based crime prevention and recidivism reduction strategies.
The overarching values are forthright and direct and require that we must continue to commit ourselves to principled leadership, embracing a set of core values that guide our behavior:
Integrity We conduct ourselves professionally, achieving the highest ethical standards.
Accountability We take responsibility for our actions and the consequences.
Justice Everyone receives equitable process and fair outcomes.
Collaboration-Everyone supports mutual understanding of ideas, open exploration of our differences, and works constructively and cooperatively with our stakeholders.
Employee Well Being We foster an environment that supports professional development and personal health.
The goals of the Department are two-fold and encompass:
Workforce Excellence: Ensure a well-trained, quality workforce.
Technology: Develop an information technology strategy and implement systems capable of managing both current needs and anticipated growth.
Risk Management/Organizational Effectiveness: Achieve organizational excellence in our operations and systems.
Legal Compliance: Develop preventive strategies to preclude class action suits and remedy identified violations.
Crime Prevention and Safety: Develop a comprehensive crime prevention program and establish evidence-based research to determine the impact of offender programs within the institutions and community to reduce criminality and victimization.
Outreach, Partnerships, and Transparency: Seek out partnerships and develop meaningful programs and processes to promote shared responsibility for community safety.
Health Care Delivery: Ensure an organization design and accompanying systems to provide efficient delivery of quality health care.