1 Criminal Justice Administration Introduction to Corrections CRMJ 2020 Spring Semester 2013 Course Information Course Description: This course is a study of the history of penology that examines the various types of penal institutions and the various methods of treating offenders. The social environment of the prison culture is examined including the survey of current prison conditions, operations, including prerelease, probation and parole programs. Learning Outcomes: For the successful completion of this course, you will be expected to : Demonstrate knowledge of the basic origin and history of correctional institutions of America. Identify the types of correctional and institutions used in America corrections. Identify some of the various methods used in treating offenders. Write a summary of prison facilities visited on field trips Prerequisites: None Course Topics: This course in 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 rehabilitation of prisoners. Specific Course Requirements: Complete all assignments by the deadline on the Course Syllabus and Outline. Complete all quizzes/tests and projects as required. Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements Required Textbooks: Clear, T., Cole, G., & Reisig, M. (2012). American Corrections, 10 th ed. California: Wadsworth. ISBN: Digital Access: hdv=6.8 You may purchase textbooks or view complete details at Supplementary Materials: None Instructor Information Instructor Name: Michael D. Brooks, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
2 Instructor Contact Information: Dyersburg State Community College Jimmy Naifeh Center in Tipton County, Room Highway 51 South Covington, TN Office Phone: (901) Office Hours: I encourage students to come and visit me in my office during the semester or contact me for an appointment. Communication with the Instructor: I will make every attempt to respond to inquiries within hours, although it may not be possible in all cases. If you require immediate assistance, please contact me personally during my office hours. Assessment and Grading Testing Procedures: The class presentations will begin on 2/5/2013 Exams: This course involves weekly discussions, 4 exams, one which will be the final exam, and an individual term paper/presentation. These exams will not be cumulative. Each exam will be multiple-choice, with short-answer questions as calling for the selection of one of the suggested answer as the best answer. Term Paper/Presentation: (10%) Prepare a two-page summary report and a class presentation based upon Institutional and Community Corrections regarding What Works. The inquiry should explore the designated topic as to whether it has historically been effective and if it should be continued, and issues encountered by correctional management. Grading will be based on logical consistency and completeness. Paper should be completed in proper American Psychological Association (APA) format, and include title and reference page. The class presentations will begin on March 19, 2013 and will continue each class session until the end of the semester. During the initial class, you will be assigned your designated presentation date and topic. Guidelines for this semester paper/presentation will be provided in a more detailed handout. Institutional and Community-Based Corrections What Works : o Women in Prison o Institutional Threat Groups (ITG) o Corrections for Juveniles o Drug Court o Mental Health Court o Scared Straight o Boot Camps o Probation/Parole
3 o Domestic Violence: Anger Management Counseling o Electronic Monitoring o Sexual Offenders Megan s Law o Day Treatment Centers o Aging Offenders o Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) o Sex Offender Therapy o Juvenile Sanctions o Determinate and Indeterminate Sentencing o Capital Punishment o Three-Strikes o Transfer of Juveniles to Criminal Court o Is the Segregation of HIV-positive inmates Ethical? o Should Serial Killers and Violent Sexual Offenders be Quarantined? o Can Community Corrections serve as an alternative to incarceration of for Minor Offenders. Grading Procedures: o Three Exams = 20% each o Presentation/Paper = 10% o Discussion, Attendance, and Participation = 10% o Final Exam = 20% Total..100% Grading Scale: = A = B = C = D Below 60 = F Assignments and Participation Assignments and Projects: Due Date The class presentations will begin on 2/5/2013 Week 1 Week 2 Labor Day Break Assignment Chap. 1 The Corrections System Chap. 2 The Early History of Correctional Thought Review the syllabus; purchase the textbook. Study chapter one and two entirely. Introductions and review of semester writing project and presentation. Chap. 3 The History of Corrections in America Chap. 4 The Punishment of Offenders Review chapters and prepare brief Start Term Paper/Presentation.
4 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Fall Break Week 9 Week 10 Chap. 5 The Law of Corrections Chap. 6 The Correctional Client Study chapters prepare brief comments for class discussions. Exam # 1 (Chapters 1-6) Chap. 7 Jails: Detention and Short- Term Incarceration Chap. 8 Probation Chap. 9 Intermediate Sanctions and Community Corrections Chap. 10 Incarceration. +++Class Presentations Begin++++ Chap The Prison Experience. comments for class discussion. Video Presentation: The Farm: Life in Angola. Exam # 2 (Chapters 7-11) Chap. 12 Incarceration of Women. Chap. 13 Institutional Management. Chap. 14 Institutional Programs. Class Chap. 15 Release from Incarceration Chap. 16 Making It: Supervision in the Community Chap. 17 Corrections for Juveniles Exam # 3 (Chapters 12-17) Chap. 18 Incarceration Trends Chap. 19 Race, Ethnicity, and Corrections Study chapters and prepare brief comments for class
5 discussions. Class Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 Chap. 20 The Death Penalty Study chapter and prepare brief Class Chap. 21 Surveillance and Control in the Community Class Chap. 22 Community Justice Review chapter and prepare brief Class Video Presentation: Life after Prison- Success on the Outside Chap. 23 American Correction: Looking Forward FINAL EXAMS REVIEW: Review chapters for the final exam FINAL EXAM REVIEW: Review chapters for the final exam. Week 16 FINAL EXAMS WEEK: Exam #4 (Chapters 18-23) Punctuality: Class begins on time and the doors will be closed at the exact time class should start. You will not be allowed in unless you have obtained a prior excuse from the instructor. Any unexcused absences will adversely affect your course grade. Class Participation: It is expected that prior to attending class you have read the assigned chapter and come prepared to participate in the class discussions. Course Ground Rules General: 1. Participation is required 2. Students are expected to communicate with other students in team projects 3. Learn how to navigate within the course
6 management system. 4. Keep abreast of course announcements 5. Use the assigned college or university address as opposed a personal address 6. Address technical problems immediately 7. Observe course netiquette at all times. Instructor guidelines for communication by , discussion groups, chat, and the use of web resources Discussions: Web Resources: 1. Always include a subject line. 2. Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your s. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases. 3. Use standard fonts. 4. Do not send large attachments without permission. 5. Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication. 6. Respect the privacy of other class members. 1. Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant. 2. Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic. 3. Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other's ideas. 4. Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks. 5. Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks. Written work citations should comply with the American Psychological Association (APA) format. To access the APA guide, go to and click the Learning Resource Center link. Scroll down and access Writing Research Papers. There you will find the APA guide Other Important Information Library For the DSCC library or help desk go to and click on Learning Resource Center link. For the Tennessee Virtual Library go to and click on TBR Virtual Library.
7 Reporting Fraud, Waste, or Abuse State law requires all public institutions of higher education to provide a means by which students, employees, or others may report suspected or known improper or dishonest acts. In addition, DSCC is committed to the responsible stewardship of our resources. If you would like to know more about reporting Fraud, Waste, or Abuse, please visit Technical Assistance: For technical assistance with online classes, contact the LRC Help Desk. The Help Desk telephone number for the Dyersburg area is The Help Desk telephone number for the Covington area is The Help Desk telephone number for the Trenton area is You may also contact the Help Desk by . The address is Library Resources: To ask a question about books, interlibrary loans or other LRC information, call the LRC at Students With Disabilities: Dyersburg State Community College is committed to providing a discrimination free environment for all students. Students with disabilities are encouraged to inform the College of any assistance they may need. Please notify your instructor and the ADA Coordinator at (731) Syllabus Changes: From time to time during the semester it may be necessary to make changes to the material in the course syllabus. Any necessary changes to the course syllabus will be sent to you by and posted within the online course material. Server Outage Disclaimer: The server on which DSCC s online courses are hosted will be occasionally unavailable due to upgrades and or maintenance. Regularly scheduled outages will occur during the early morning hours of the second Sunday and third Tuesday of each month. There may also be unplanned downtime due to failures of one kind or another. Because the server is not located at DSCC, the college cannot directly correct these situations. You will need to contact your instructor(s) directly to make accommodations should an unplanned outage prevent you from taking a quiz or submitting an assignment.
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