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Spring 2019

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CRJ113 - Introduction to Corrections

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines current American correctional institutions and community-based corrections in terms of development, objectives, standards, and philosophy. Includes jails, prisons, detention facilities, and correctional camps. Examines community approaches to corrections, including probation, parole, halfway houses, work release, prerelease centers, pretrial intervention programs and other alternatives to incarceration programs.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Explain the historical development in handling offenders from ancient times to the present.
2. Identify and define the contemporary goals of sentencing.
3. Describe and differentiate between the structure, functions, operations and duties of the correctional subcomponents including: prisons, jails, probation, parole and community-based intermediate corrections. *
4. Identify and define different alternatives to incarceration, including discussing the social benefits and costs for each.
5. Identify the various participants in the corrections field and describe the culture, perspectives, attitudes, styles and potential ethical issues faced by each.
6. Describe a typical inmate and identify the various rights and privileges that they are provided.
7. Demonstrate communication skills appropriate to the corrections field by communicating information orally in an effective manner and presenting written information employing proper grammar, spelling and structure.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
I. Historical Perspective of Corrections

II. Prisons and Correctional Ideologies

III. From Crime to Conviction

IV. The Court Process

V. Jail and Detention Facilities

VI. Probation

VII. Intermediate Sanctions

VIII. Imprisonment

IX. Federal, State, Local and Private Systems

X. Custody Functions

XI. Management and treatment of Inmates

XII. Inmate Types and Styles

XIII. Inmate and Ex-offender Rights

XIV. The Death Penalty

XV. Parole

XVI. Community Corrections

XVII. The Future of Corrections

Effective Term: Spring 2016