Chapter 3.5. The Robert Presley Center Of Crime And Justice Studies of California Penal Code >> Title 7. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 3.5.
The Robert Presley Institute of Corrections Research and
Training, which provides and aggregates research on youth and adult
corrections education and training, is hereby renamed the Robert
Presley Center of Crime and Justice Studies and shall be transferred
to the University of California. It is the intent of the Legislature
that the center be maintained on the Riverside campus of the
University of California.
It is the intent of the Legislature that the university seek
funding from federal, state, and private sources for research
projects carried out by the center under the university's direction.
The center shall have the following research goals:
(a) To better protect the public from crime by determining the
causes of, and means of preventing, violence, crime, and criminal
(b) To identify the methods and practices necessary for the most
beneficial operation of law enforcement and local and state youth and
adult correctional institutions.
(c) To reduce violence and recidivism rates in prisons, jails, and
The chancellor of the Riverside campus may appoint an
advisory committee to assist in establishing research priorities. The
university shall consult with the Department of Corrections, the
Department of the Youth Authority, local law enforcement, probation,
parole, and correctional agencies, and persons of experience or
education in other higher education institutions in the field of
corrections or related fields on the activities of the center. These
projects shall be related to the center's goals as specified in
Section 5086 and may also include, but not be limited to, applied and
theoretical research in the following areas:
(a) Methods of ensuring secure, cost-effective, safe, and
gang-free incarceration in California's correctional institutions,
including approaches to ameliorate overcrowding in those
(b) New approaches to reduce inmate and ward recidivism and
consequent victimization of California citizens.
(c) Correctional facility management, planning, design, and
(d) New approaches to rehabilitate inmates and wards during and
after incarceration and to integrate offenders into society after
(e) New approaches to inmate and ward diagnosis, classification,
(f) At-risk youth and street gang activity.
(g) Law enforcement.
The university shall negotiate and approve terms, services,
and costs of contracts and research projects for purposes of this