By Staff | OPEC

CDCR has made available a new strategy to manage prison gangs and an inmate classification study from the University of California that evaluates the Department’s Inmate Classification Score System (ICSS). Both documents are available on the CDCR website at

The “Security, Threat Prevention, Identification and Management Strategy” report culminates years of studying CDCR’s policies and procedures for secured housing to manage violent prison gangs, as well as evaluating policies utilized in corrections systems nationwide. 

Because of the violent nature of these gangs and their far-reaching effects on our institutions and nearby communities, CDCR has found California prison gangs are connected to major criminal activities and have influenced virtually every corrections system throughout the United States. 

The previous policies concentrated on the violence in prisons, with really no emphasis on deterrents or strategies addressing prevention.  The new CDCR policies aim at addressing these deterrents and provide inmates with an incentive to leave the gang lifestyle.

CDCR also released an expert panel study of the Inmate Classification Study that looks at whether the current system accurately assesses an inmate’s threat to institutional safety and accurately places him in the appropriate security and housing level.

The University of California report, commissioned by CDCR, makes a number of recommendations to improve the ICSS to create a more efficient correctional system.

Visit CDCR’s Reports page for more about these and other important studies at