About Us

Ryukoku University carries the tradition of the chaplaincy activities of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji Sect from the prewar period until the present day. Based on this history, Ryukoku University founded the Corrections and Rehabilitation Course at the Faculty of Law in 1977, becoming the only education program in Japan to offer a specialization in criminal justice policy. Since that time, we have been carrying out educational activities grounded in practical experience for students who aim for careers such as corrections officers in prisons, juvenile training schools and juvenile classification homes, those who aim to work as probation officers to offer helping hands for the rehabilitation of people who have committed crimes and offences, and also for those students who hope to engage in volunteer activities as volunteer probation officers.

In December of 2001, building on the educational achievements in fields like corrections and rehabilitations, Ryukoku University founded the Corrections and Rehabilitation Research Center (CRRC) to present a new concept of criminal justice for the new century. From 2002 on, the Center became the first university affiliated private research organization in the field of criminal justice policy to be selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) for an **AFC Grant,** and we have continued our research activities for 8 years with this support.

The CRRC`s research activities in the field of criminal justice policy both put into practice the ideals upon which Ryukoku University was founded and steadily achieve practical results in the field, for which the Center has come to be highly regarded.

In 2010 Ryukoku University established the Corrections and Rehabilitation Center (CRC). This integrated center will continue to further develop and break ground in both education and research, thereby continuing our activities to contribute to society through our field.

1. Educational Programs

Corrections and Rehabilitation Course

The Corrections and Rehabilitation Course offers education grounded in practical experience for the development of students who aim for careers such as corrections officers in prisons, juvenile training schools and juvenile classification homes, those who aim to work as probation officers to offer helping hands for the rehabilitation of people who have committed crimes and offences, and also for those students who hope to engage in volunteer activities such as volunteer probation officers.

Course Instructors

Course instructors include people with professional experience in the world of corrections and rehabilitations, ranging from retired profession such as a former District Chief of Corrections, a Prison Warden, a Juvenile Training School Manager, a Juvenile Institution Warden, and a Juvenile Classification Home Chief, and currently serving public servants such as a regional Parole Board Chair and a Probation Office Chief. The course instructors offer lectures and practicum based on their wealth of professional experience.

Courses of Instruction

  • -Introduction to Corrections
  • -Sociology of Corrections
  • -Corrections Medicine
  • -Rehabilitation and Probation Treatment
  • -Rehabilitations and Parole System
  • -Victimology -Corrections Education
  • -Corrections Psychology
  • -Adult Corrections Treatment
  • -Introduction to Rehabilitation and Parole
  • -Criminology

Visiting Institutions

As part of the educational program and with the cooperation of various institutions throughout the region, every year in August and September, students visit rehabilitation and corrections institutions as part of their class in order to supplement classroom learning with direct experience.

Corrections Institutions

Kyoto Prison, Shiga Prison, Osaka Prison, Katano Gaku-en Juvenile Training School, Wakayama Prison, Kyoto Juvenile Classification Home, Otsu Juvenile Classification Home, Nara Juvenile Training School, Naniwa Juvenile Training School, Izumi Gaku-en Juvenile Training School, Nara Juvenile Prison, Himeji Juvenile Prison, Kyoto Medical Juvenile Training School, Osaka Medical Prison, Harima rehabilitation Center, (and more)

Rehabilitation Institutions

Nishi Hongwanji Byakkoso, Osaka Prefecture Shutoku Gaku-in Rehabilitation Institution Kyoto Hogo Ikuseikai.(and more)

2. Research Projects

I Criminal Law Legislation Project

-researches the current situation of legislation on corrections and rehabilitation; examines current legislation and its influence on practice in order to make practical proposals for improving legislation.

II Punishment Theory Research Project

-researches the current situation of legislation on corrections and rehabilitation; examines current legislation and its influence on practice in order to make practical proposals for improving legislation.

III Experimental Research Project

-uses scientific methods, statistical analysis, and surveys to explore issues like public awareness about victims of crime and treatment of offenders, the tendencies of elderly offenders, possible causes for the increase in the number of crimes committed by the elderly, methods of managing elderly offenders, and the construction of a database for evaluating methods for dealing with crime (in conjunction with the Campbell Database Project)

IV Law and Psychology Project

-explores the psychology of people who work at penal institutions, volunteers in the criminal justice world (volunteer probation officers), and incarcerated people. Religious activities and drug dependency issues fall under the auspices of this project.

V Social Inclusion Project

-explores poverty and discrimination suffered by people who return to society from incarceration in the hope that understanding how such factors create isolation and effect parolees may help find ways to overcome these barriers to rehabilitation.

VI Corrections Success Research Project

Researchers the effectiveness of corrections methods in conjunction with the corrections institution branch of the Ginnan-Kai and the corrections education branch of the Toyu-kai.

VII Legislative Information and Education Project

-in conjunction with researchers, librarians, and journalists, this project studies the theoretical and practical aspects related to the dissemination of information about the law in society. This project also deals with judicial education for students and normal citizens, with particular relevance to the new citizen-juror, Saiban-in’, system, helping to plan public lecture series and curriculum for elementary school children designed to give them foundational knowledge necessary to serve as citizen-jurors.

3.Contributions to the Community

Based on our achievements in research, the CRC provides educational opportunities for the general public. So far, under the auspices of our corrections and rehabilitation course of study, approximately 400 members of the general public (non-university students) have studied at the center. Open lecture series provide opportunities for the general public to interact with chaplains, probation officers, and social workers, and educational opportunities are also provided to give citizens the chance to learn about the judiciary and the citizen juror system. To help citizens gain the knowledge and understanding necessary to serve as jurors, the CRC also develops curricula and educational materials for elementary, middle, and high school students.
We are also planning public lecture events and research groups in conjunction with various organizations, including the corrections institution branch of the Ginnan-Kai, the corrections education branch of the Toyu-kai, and also victim`s groups.

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