The CDCR will hold meetings in Los Angeles and Oakland to gather ideas for improving inmate rehab programs.
The department anticipates suggestions from organizations that provide substance abuse treatment, employment services and academic assistance.
Bill Sessa with CDCR says the realignment program has opened the door to provide inmates with more rehab options.
SESSA: "A lot of the short-term inmates are now serving their time in county jail, it is freeing up space inside the state prisons and that's where we will now have space for more of the rehabilitation programming that we're trying to create."
Sessa says before realignment inmates were crammed into prison gyms and hallways.
With more space available, the department is building facilities that would house rehabilitation programs for inmates nearing the end of their sentences.
The first meeting is in Los Angeles on Thursday and the second is in Oakland next Tuesday.