Chapter 9.2. Restitution Centers of California Penal Code >> Title 7. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 9.2.

The Director of Corrections may establish and operate facilities to be known as restitution centers.
The purpose of restitution centers is to provide a means for those sentenced to prison to be able to pay their victims' financial restitution, which includes direct restitution to victims as well as other restitution fines and fees, as ordered by the sentencing court or as agreed upon by the defendant and his or her victims. Inmates who commit crimes involving a direct victim shall receive priority placement in restitution centers.
The location for a restitution center or centers shall be determined by the Director of Corrections with approval from the county board of supervisors or city council in whose jurisdiction the center will be located.
Restitution centers shall be located in areas which will maximize the employment opportunities of persons sentenced to the centers.
The supervision, management, and control of the restitution centers and the responsibility for the care, custody, discipline, and employment of persons confined therein are vested in the Director of Corrections.
The Director of Corrections may commingle inmates who have been assigned to a restitution center pursuant to Section 6227 with inmates who are in transit for community correctional reentry center placement.
Supervision of inmates in the restitution centers may be by contract with private nonprofit or profit corporations, or by peace officer personnel of the Department of Corrections on a 24-hour basis. As a condition to any contract awarded by the state to a vendor for restitution center operations, a peace officer from the Department of Corrections shall be assigned to the site to provide daily oversight and guidance of custody and security activities. The peace officer also shall be the liaison between the vendor and the department. If the supervision is by a private entity, the per inmate cost of operating these facilities under contract shall be less than the per inmate cost of maintaining custody of inmates by the department.
The Director of Corrections in establishing a restitution center shall enter into an agreement with the county, city, or city and county in which the facility is located to reimburse the county, city, or city and county for any additional direct law enforcement costs that will occur as a result of the restitution center.
The court may order the Department of Corrections to place an eligible defendant in a restitution center if the court makes a restitution order, or if a restitution agreement is entered into by the victims and the defendant. The Department of Corrections may send a defendant to a reception center for classification prior to placing the defendant in the restitution center.
The Judicial Council shall provide information to sentencing courts to ensure that the judges responsible for sentencing are aware of the existence of the restitution center.
A defendant is eligible for placement in a restitution center if the defendant does not have a criminal history of a conviction for the sale of drugs within the last five years, or for an offense requiring registration pursuant to Section 290, or a serious felony, as listed in Section 1192.7, or a violent felony, as listed in Section 667.5, the defendant did not receive a sentence of more than 60 months for the current offense or offenses, the defendant presents no unacceptable risk to the community, and the defendant is employable. The provisions of Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 2930) of Chapter 7 of Title 1 are applicable to prisoners in restitution centers.
In each county, city, or city and county, in which a restitution center is established, there shall be a restitution center community advisory board to assist the Director of Corrections in establishing and promoting the restitution program of the center. The board shall include the sheriff or chief of police of the local jurisdiction, the district attorney, a superior court judge selected by the presiding superior court judge, the chief probation officer, a member of the city council or the board of supervisors of the local jurisdiction, selected by the council or board, and two public members chosen by the city council or board of supervisors. The public member shall serve for two years. All members shall receive only actual expenses approved by the Director of Corrections. The expenses shall be paid by the Department of Corrections.
(a) Offenders shall perform all the labor necessary to maintain the restitution center and meet the offenders' needs unless the director finds that a particular task can be better performed by other persons.
  (b) The director may employ and pay compensation to offenders to perform work at a center.
(a) Wages earned by an offender, less any deductions for taxes, shall be paid directly to the Department of Corrections.
  (b) Wage moneys received by the department shall be used to reimburse the offender for costs directly associated with continued employment, including transportation, special tools or clothing, meals away from the center, union dues, and other employee-mandated costs. The remaining wages shall be distributed as follows:
  (1) One-third shall be transferred to the Department of Corrections to pay the costs of operating and maintaining the restitution center.
  (2) One-third shall be used to pay restitution pursuant to the agreement or court order. After the restitution is paid these moneys shall be paid to the jurisdiction which prosecuted the offender to defray the court costs and attorney fees incurred in the offender's prosecution. If all restitution, court costs and attorney fees are paid, these moneys shall be paid to the local jurisdiction for crime prevention.
  (3) One-third shall be placed in a savings account for the offender, to provide support for the offender's immediate family, to purchase items necessary for the offender's employment or to give to the offender to purchase personal accessories. Any moneys in the savings account or not expended pursuant to this paragraph at the time the offender is released from the restitution center shall be paid to the offender.
(a) An offender shall not leave a restitution center except to go to work or when specifically authorized and shall return to the restitution center immediately after work or when required by the person in charge of the restitution center.
  (b) An offender who violates this section is guilty of escape, and notwithstanding any other provision of law shall be punishable as provided in Section 4530.
(a) The offender shall not be allowed to take employment if the rate of pay or other conditions of employment are less than those paid or provided for work of a similar nature in the locality in which the work is performed.
  (b) To help in administering the restitution center programs, the director may use volunteer help.
  (c) If an offender does not secure employment within three months after being sent to a restitution center, the director may, at any time thereafter, transfer the offender to another Department of Corrections facility if employment has not been obtained.
  (d) If the offender violates any of the rules and regulations governing the restitution center, the director may transfer the offender to another Department of Corrections facility.
The Department of Corrections shall, pursuant to Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, adopt regulations for administering restitution centers. To the extent practical, the rules and regulations shall be stated in language that is easily understood by the general public.
This chapter shall be known as "Restitution Centers."