SRJC Course Outlines

12/10/2023 8:12:25 AMAJ 70 Course Outline as of Fall 2000

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  AJ 70Title:  INTRO CORR.  
Full Title:  Introduction to Corrections
Last Reviewed:2/22/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the history and trends of adult and juvenile corrections including probation and parole.  It will focus on the legal issues, specific laws and general operation of correctional institutions.  The relationship between corrections and other components of the judicial system will also be examined.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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History, philosophy and current procedures in contemporary corrections; to include probation, institutions, parole, and related community and private corrections.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: AJ 200 Introduction to Corrections SRJC Equivalent Course(s): AJ70

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. The student will demonstrate knowledge of historical development and
the trends of correctional practices.
2.  The student will describe the legal issues, specific laws and general
operations of corrections.
3.  The student will demonstrate knowledge of the competing correctional
   philosophies of punishment, treatment and the protection of society.
4.  The student will demonstrate working knowledge of probation theory
   and practices, and role requirements and expectations.
5.  The student will demonstrate working knowledge of institutional
   corrections practices, procedures and roles.
6.  The student will demonstrate working knowledge of parole
   philosophies and procedures.
7.      The student will be able to describe the relationship between
corrections, probation and parole.
8.  The student will demonstrate working knowledge of the various
   community based and private corrections programs.

Topics and Scope
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1. Orientation
   A. Focus of study
   B. Assignments, testing and grading
   C. Attendance and class participation
   D. Student and instructor responsibilities and expectations
2. History and Evolution of Corrections
   A. Early history - 2000 BC - 1700 AD
   B. A century of change, 1700 to present
   C. The Age of Prisons, 1800 to present
   D. The Swinging Pendulum of Correctional Philosophies
   E. Purpose of Corrections
   F. Society's Goals in Corrections
   G. Public Concern for Protection of Society and Punishment of
3. Corrections as a Sub-system In Justice Administration
   A. Crime and the Legal Process
   B. Discretion and the Funnel of Justice
   C. Corrections: Components within the Justice System
4. American Jails
   A. The booking process
   B. Cite and Release programs
   C. Types of facilities
   D. Pre and Post-conviction procedures
5. The legal process
   A. Judicial Procedures (adult)
   B. Judicial Procedures (juvenile)
6. Alternatives to Incarceration
   A. Probation: The alternative to Incarceration
   B. History and Philosophy
   C. Contemporary organization and administration
   D. Investigative functions and roles
      1. O.R. and Bail Reports
      2. Pre-plea Investigations
      3. Pre-sentence Investigations and Reports
   E. Casework Supervision
      1. Styles of supervision
      2. O.R. Supervision
      3. Probation conditions
      4. Caseload assignment models
      5. Supervision strategies
      6. Modification, violation and termination procedures
      7. Expungement procedures
7. Institutional Corrections
   A. Nature and scope of prisons
   B. Classification procedures
   C. Custody and Control
   D. Varieties of prison environments
   E. Inmate types
   F. Gender distinctions
   G. Prison programming'treatment, educational, vocational, security,
   H. Rights in confinement
   I. Pre-release planning
8. Post Institutional Programs
   A. Parole
   B. Origins and philosophies of parole
   C. Nature and scope of parole in America
   D. The indeterminate sentence model
   E. The determinate sentence model
   E. The Parole Board
   G. Re-entry programs
   H. Conditions of parole
   I. Supervision strategies
   J. Return or discharge process'revocation or release from further
      court obligation; pardon procedures
   K. Interstate Compact Agreement
9. Alternatives to Incarceration
   A. Public treatment facilities'county camps, community service
      work furlough
   B. Half-way houses
   C. Residential Treatment Centers
   D. Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs
   E. Privatization models
10. Current Trends in the Field
   A. The Justice Model vs. Rehabilitation
   B. Institutional vs. Community-based models
   C. Should probation officers be armed?
   D. The trend toward electronic monitoring
11. Corrections as a Career Field
12. Summary and Conclusions
   A. Nature, scope and purposes of Corrections reviewed
   B. Career opportunities and preparation
   C. Trends in Corrections

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As a transfer level course, students will be assigned reading and writing
work which will utilize both required textual materials and utilizations
of periodicals and manuals from the corrections field.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 30%
Written homework, Reading reports, Critiquing of reports and case scenarios
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Homework problems, Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 70%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Short answer/essay
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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1. May, G. Larry and Thomas Winfree, Contemporary Corrections, Wadsworth,
2. Allen, Harry E. and Clifford E. Simonsen, Corrections in America,
Pearson, 1995.
3. Braswell, Michael, T. Fletcher, and L. Miller, Human Relations and
Corrections, Waveland, 1998.
4. Standards and Training in Corrections, California Office of
Procurement, State of California (current).

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