Criminal Justice-coas | Corrections and Criminal Justice
P303 | 1455 | Bill Head


This course focuses on those offenders who have been found guilty by
the courts, but for a variety of reasons, are punished primarily in
institutions rather than in the community.  We will explore the
decision making process whereby some offenders are incarceratd, and
the vast majority are not.  We will study the history and development
of punishment, as well as examining how correctional organizations are
influenced by other components of the criminal justice process - the
police, the courts, and other correctional agencies.  We will also
examine the philosophical foundations for corrections and the legal
aspects of corections.

We will look at the practices and problems associated with prisons,
including how decisions are made regarding sentencing and time served,
the conditions in prisons and jails, the utilization of intermediate
sanctions, and the reintegration of the offender back into society.
We will also discuss recent sentencing reforms and the decline in the
use of parole.  We will also examine innovative programs which have
been used to deal with offenders and their problems.

Overall, the aim of the course is to familiarize students with the
day-to-day functions and problems of the instututional corrections
segment of the criminal justice process.  The area of corrections has
taken on even greater imortance in recent years as a result of the
burgeoning prison population in the U.S. and the resulting
overcrowding problem in most correctional instututions.

Required texts:
Clear & Cole. "American Corrections," 5th edition, Wadsworth, 1999.
Floss. "Study Guide for Clear& Cole's American Corrections" 4th
edition, Wadsworth, 1999.

Testing, Grading, and Course Requirements:
There will be three examinations as well as pop/attendance quizzes in
this course.  Exams will be primarily objective in nature (mostly
multiple choice with some short answer/identification).  The exam
questions will be taken from your textbook AND from class lectures.
The final exam will not be comprehensive, but will incorporate aspects
from the entire course.

Class Meeting:  Two 75 minute classes per week, TR, 2:30-3:45P, OP 105

Instructor:  Professor Bill Head, Criminal Justice Department