May 22, 2018  
2017-2018 Saint Joseph's College Online 
    
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online
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SO 343 - Introduction to Corrections


This course will focus on the corrections component of the American criminal justice system as it relates to the conditions faced by those incarcerated within its jails and prisons. The course is an overview of the nation’s prisons and jails as well as the various community services available, which is also a part of the system.

The course will survey the historical, sociological, political, and legal evolution of the American correctional system. An overview of various organizations and legal structures within the system, as well as theory and evidence of methods of punishment will be examined. Issues will include studying the dynamics of reentry, the death penalty, women in prison, prison violence, race and ethnicity issues in corrections, and mental health issues of offenders.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units
Interactivity: None
Final Assessment: Final Project

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe the history of the correctional system and the organization of the modern correctional system.

  • Identify the key legal issues related to sentencing, punishment, and incarceration.

  • Understand and discuss the various correctional practices, including probation, institutional corrections, community corrections, and parole.

  • Examine and relate the issues related to life inside of prison.

  • Describe the process of reentry and the challenges facing those returning home after incarceration.

  • Explore and describe the issues facing corrections professionals in the 21st century and beyond.


Credits: 3



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