The mission of the Center, as it is articulated in the Penal Code, is to conduct research toward the following goals:
|To better protect the public from crime by determining the causes of, and means of preventing, violence, crime, and criminal deviance.||To identify the methods and practices necessary for the most beneficial operation of law enforcement and local and state youth and adult correctional institutions||To reduce violence and recidivism rates in prisons, jails, and youth facilities|
Senator Robert Presley
Named for former State Sen. Presley, who was the Riverside County Undersheriff for 12 years before his election to the California Senate in 1974, the Presley Center was established at UCR in 1994. Presley worked with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for 24 years, served in the state Senate from 1975 to 1994, was chairman of the California Youthful Offender Parole Board from 1995 to 1999, and served as secretary of the California Youth and Adult Correctional Agency from 1999 to 2003.