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To safeguard the integrity of the State’s correctional system by providing oversight and transparency through monitoring, reporting, and recommending improvements to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


To create an oversight agency that provides outstanding service to our stakeholders, our government, and the people of the State of California. We do this through diligent monitoring, honest assessment, and dedication to improving the correctional system of our State. Our overriding concern is providing transparency to the correctional system so that lessons learned may be adopted as best practices.


California Penal Code section 6125 establishes the Office of the Inspector General as an independent governmental entity and provides for the Inspector General to be appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation. Penal Code section 6126 assigns the Inspector General responsibility for reviewing departmental policy, practices, and procedures when requested by the Governor, Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, or by a member of the Legislature. Penal Code section 6126.5 provides the Inspector General with access to and authority to examine records of the entities under the Inspector General’s jurisdiction. Penal Code section 6128, subdivision (b) requires the Inspector General to establish a toll-free public telephone number for the purpose of identifying any alleged wrongdoing by an employee of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.