This course is an introduction to the various components of the corrections system within the criminal justice system. It provides an overview of corrections, including corrections history, the persons, agencies, and organizations that manage convicted offenders. Other topics that are covered include policy and procedure, sentencing, probation, and rehabilitations of prisoners.
Describe parole and other options for getting out of prison.
Describe how other nations view the use of imprisonment.
Identify the options available under community corrections.
Examine probation as a sentence and process.
Critique parole and mandatory release today.
Define the origins of rehabilitation in prison.
Evaluate alternatives to litigation.
Identify the needs of special, juvenile, mentally ill and substance abusing prisoners.
Examine the extent and nature of prison violence.
Analyze the evolution and perspectives of prison life.
Compare how jail and prison inmates differ.
Compare how state and federal prisoners differ.
Classify the background of male and female prisoners.
Correctional Policy & Procedures
Define prison privatization.
Discern the trends in corrections officer professionalization and the accreditation movement in corrections.
Describe the methods of secure custody in prison.
Identify the influence of the prison environment on management and custody.
Define the prison warden’s role today.
Assess the impact of sentencing on corrections.
Analyze the principal objectives of punishment.
Describe the history of state and federal prisons.
Examine the differing security levels in state and federal institutions.
Explain the reasons for the growth of state prison systems.
Identify problems within jails.
Describe the jail’s place in corrections and its role throughout history.
History and Development of Corrections
Describe the rise and fall of labor in prison.
Compare the two contrasting models of American Prisons.
Examine the move toward separate prisons for women and juveniles.
Examine the penitentiary ideal.
Compare and contrast prisons during and after World War II.
Identify the forms of punishment most often used in societies throughout the 1700’s.
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