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Fall 2021

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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 the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Explain how society's handling of offenders has changed historically, from ancient times to the present.
2. Define the contemporary goals of sentencing.
3. Compare and contrast the roles (structure, function, operation, and duties) of a prison correction officer versus a jail deputy sheriff.
4. Describe how community based intermediate corrections (parole, probation, others) serve the needs of the criminal justice system.
5. Discuss the social benefits of incarceration compared to the costs of alternatives.
6. Describe the various rights and privileges that are provided to a typical inmate.
7. Discuss ethical issues as they pertain to the field of corrections.
8. Communicate effectively in a corrections environment.


Effective Term: Fall 2019