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Survey Of Corrections In The United States

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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 that are covered include policy and procedure, sentencing, community supervision, and rehabilitations of prisoners.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    • Compare jail and prison inmates.
    • Analyze the evolution and perspectives of prison life.
    • Identify the needs of special, juvenile, mentally ill, and substance-abusing prisoners.
    • Identify the demographics and types of prisoners.

    Correctional Alternatives

    • Define the origins of rehabilitation in prison.
    • Identify different treatment programs for offenders.
    • Examine probation as a sentence and a process.
    • Explain the principle of evidence-based practices.

    Overview and Development of Corrections

    • Define the mission of corrections.
    • Identify the three parts of criminal justice system.
    • Examine the move toward separate prisons for women and juveniles.
    • Compare the Pennsylvania and Auburn Prison systems.

    Correctional Systems

    • Identify problems within jails.
    • Explain the reasons behind the growth of state prison systems.
    • Examine the differing security levels in state and federal institutions.
    • Describe the jail’s place in corrections and its role throughout history.

    Culture and Staff

    • Describe the different types of cultures and subcultures you might face in a correctional facility.
    • Explain how prison cultural influences the prison management culture.
    • Describe an example of one mental health program and how it is delivered within the correctional system.
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