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CRM-240-90, Corrections in America (FA14)

INSTRUCTOR: George Ackerman

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Online

CONTENT:

This course provides an examination into corrections in America. We will differentiate the purpose and operation of jails versus prisons. Additionally, we will look at the use of non-custodial corrections alternatives such as community service, probation and parole. In this course, the history of corrections as well as contemporary issues in corrections will be examined. Prerequisite: None [3 credits] (Taken from the course catalogue)

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Identify and discuss the practices within the correctional system in the United States as they relate to philosophies of punishment, sentencing reform, victim’s rights, and institutional limits
  • Apply knowledge of basic concepts in corrections and penology and describe the ethical issues involved in the fields of corrections and penology
  • Recognize the various levels of security and the cultures that develop among inmates with secure correctional facilities
  • Develop critical thinking skills necessary to identify the social, political, cultural and economic factors that impact the use or overuse of incarceration
  • Describe the impact of correctional practices on minority groups within correctional facilities and within communities subject to mass incarceration
  • Distinguish the ways in which males, females and juvenile offenders are processed and treated within correctional contexts

METHODS:

Lectures
Discussion Forums 
Podcasts
Reflection papers

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

Midterm Exam - 25

All Discussion Forums - 25

Term Paper - 25

Final Exam – 25

100 TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

Seiter, R. (2011). Corrections: An Introduction, 4/E Prentice Hall.

American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Post Biography to website

Read Chapter 1 of Seiter textbook