May 19, 2022  
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CRJ 120 - Introduction to Corrections

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
A survey course reviewing the history, development, and function of the correctional system and programs.  Introduces the history, philosophies, goals, and processes of the correctional system with an emphasis on the U.S. correctional system. Students learn about the purposes and goals, the methods to achieve the goals of the corrections system, and examine the system components from the legal, ethical, and functional perspectives.  
Competencies
  1. Analyze the historical development of corrections.
    1. Explain the origins of corrections.
    2. Compare the different types of corrections used historically.
  2. Differentiate the purposes or philosophies of punishment.
    1. Identify the sentencing process, its goals, decision-making mechanisms, and strategies.
    2. Describe trends in sentencing and corrections.
  3. Compare and contrast institutional and community-based corrections.
    1. Identify the functions of diversion, intermediate sanctions and probation.
    2. Describe jail, prison, parole, and reentry into the community.
  4. Analyze major challenges in corrections.
    1. Recall principles and practices of treatment of individuals in various correctional settings.
    2. Explain rise in individuals with mental disorders.
    3. Summarize issues regarding gender and sex, youth, and issues involving other special populations.
  5. Examine emerging issues in corrections.
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of core controversies surrounding the capital punishment.
    2. Describe development and types of prisoners’ legal rights.
    3. Explain the history and status of private corrections.
  6. Compare different ethical frameworks.
    1. Analyze why people are motivated to commit ethical violations.
    2. Describe the importance of professionalism in the field of corrections.



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