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  ( Part 3 repealed and added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 106. )


  ( Title 7 added by Stats. 1944, 3rd Ex. Sess., Ch. 2. )

CHAPTER 10.5. Prison Visitor Services [6350 - 6356]
  ( Heading of Chapter 10.5 renumbered from Chapter 11 (as added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 17) by Stats. 1987, Ch. 56, Sec. 137. )


The Legislature finds and declares the following:

(a) Maintaining an inmate’s family and community relationships is an effective correctional technique which reduces recidivism.

(b) Enhancing visitor services increases the frequency and quality of visits, thereby discouraging violent prisoner activity.

(c) The location of prisons and lack of services to assist visitors impedes visiting.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 17, Sec. 1.)


The Department of Corrections shall contract with a private nonprofit agency or agencies to establish and operate a visitor center outside each state adult prison in California which has a population of more than 300 inmates.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 17, Sec. 1.)


Each visitor center shall provide, at a minimum, each of the following services to prison visitors:

(a) Assistance to visitors with transportation between public transit terminals and prisons.

(b) Child care for visitors’ children.

(c) Emergency clothing.

(d) Information on visiting regulations and processes.

(e) Referral to other agencies and services.

(f) A sheltered area, which is outside of the security perimeter, for visitors who are waiting before or after visits.

In addition, each center shall maintain working relations with the local community and institution.

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 160, Sec. 143.)


Each nonprofit agency which the department contracts with pursuant to Section 6351 shall submit to the department and to the Legislature an annual report which includes, but is not limited to, the following information:

(a) A description of the barriers to visiting.

(b) A quantitative and narrative description of the services which it rendered.

(c) A description of the impact of the centers which it provided on visiting.

(d) A description of areas for improvement of services or coordination with other public or private agencies.

(e) A description of the community resources which it utilized.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 17, Sec. 1.)


The Department of Corrections shall employ all the following criteria in selecting the agency or agencies with which it contracts pursuant to Section 6351:

(a) The number and quality of services proposed in comparison to direct program costs.

(b) Prior experience in establishing and operating prison visitor service centers in California.

(c) Prior experience in working cooperatively with the department, other correctional agencies, community programs, inmates, visitors, and the general public.

(d) The ability to use volunteers and other community resources to maximize the cost effectiveness of this program.

(e) The identified needs of visitors.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 17, Sec. 1.)


Nothing in this chapter is intended to limit the department in developing additional programs or making all reasonable efforts to promote visits to prisoners.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 17, Sec. 1.)


The department shall cooperate with the Department of Transportation in the development of public transportation services to prisons, pursuant to Section 14035.9 of the Government Code and Section 99317.9 of the Public Utilities Code.

(Added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 603, Sec. 2.)

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