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Introduction To Corrections

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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, and the persons, agencies, and organizations that manage convicted offenders. Other topics include policy and procedure, sentencing, probation, and rehabilitation of prisoners.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 9

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    Development of Corrections

    • Explain the penitentiary ideal.
    • Explain the move toward separate prisons for women and juveniles.
    • Compare the two contrasting models of American prisons.
    • Describe the rise and fall of labor in prison.

    Correctional Alternatives: Community Corrections

    • Identify the options available under community corrections.
    • Explain probation as a sentence and a process.
    • Describe how other nations view the use of imprisonment.

    Correctional Systems, Part I

    • Describe the role of jails in corrections throughout history.
    • Identify problems within jails.

    Correctional Systems, Part II

    • Explain the reasons for the growth of state prison systems.
    • Describe the history of state and federal prisons.
    • Examine the differing security levels in state and federal institutions.

    Correctional Policy and Procedures, Part II

    • Explain trends in professionalization and accreditation for corrections officers.
    • Identify the influence of the prison environment on management and custody.
    • Describe the methods of secure custody in prison.
    • Define prison privatization.

    Correctional Policy and Procedures, Part I

    • Analyze the principal objectives of punishment.
    • Assess the impact of sentencing on corrections.
    • Define the role of today’s prison warden.


    • Explain how jail and prison inmates differ.
    • Classify the background of male and female prisoners.
    • Compare state and federal prisoners.
    • Analyze the evolution and perspectives of prison life.
    • Examine the extent and nature of prison violence.
    • Identify the needs of special, juvenile, mentally ill, and substance-abusing prisoners.
    • Evaluate alternatives to litigation.

    Correctional Alternatives: Rehabilitation and Parole

    • Define the origins of rehabilitation in prison.
    • Describe parole and other options for getting out of prison.
    • Evaluate current parole and mandatory release policies.

    History of Corrections

    • Identify forms of punishment most used in societies prior to the 20th century.
    • Compare and contrast prisons during and after World War II.
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