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  ( Part 3 repealed and added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 106.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 3.5. The Robert Presley Center of Crime and Justice Studies [5085 - 5088]
  ( Chapter 3.5 repealed and added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 778, Sec. 2. )


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.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 778, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1994.)


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 deviance.

(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 youth facilities.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 778, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1994.)


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 and Rehabilitation, the Division of Juvenile Justice, 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 institutions.

(b) New approaches to reduce inmate and ward recidivism and consequent victimization of California citizens.

(c) Correctional facility management, planning, design, and construction.

(d) New approaches to rehabilitate inmates and wards during and after incarceration and to integrate offenders into society after incarceration.

(e) New approaches to inmate and ward diagnosis, classification, and treatment.

(f) At-promise youth and street gang activity.

(g) Law enforcement.

(Amended by Stats. 2019, Ch. 800, Sec. 16. (AB 413) Effective January 1, 2020.)


The university shall negotiate and approve terms, services, and costs of contracts and research projects for purposes of this chapter.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 778, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1994.)

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