Arts in Corrections is a partnership between CDCR and the California Arts Council to combat recidivism, enhance rehabilitative goals, and improve the safety and environment of state prisons.
Arts in Corrections programs currently offer an array of performing, literary and visual arts disciplines, such as theater, music, creative writing, poetry, painting, drawing and sculpture for eligible CDCR inmates. Arts in Corrections programming is provided by professional artists – individuals who have actively participated in their particular arts discipline and who are trained to work in correctional settings. Since launching as a pilot program in 2014, California’s Arts in Corrections program has reached more than 2,000 inmates at 20 CDCR facilities. In 2017, the program will be offered in all 34 CDCR adult institutions.