Criminal Justice-COAS | Criminal Justice Management
P411 | 14443 | Head


If you are enrolled in P411, it is most likely that someday you will
be working professionally in the criminal justice system or a
related agency. Whether you find yourself in an entry-, middle-, or
upper-level position, your own vision of justice will be transformed
by the daily life of your new organization. Whether working in law
enforcement, court systems, prisons, probation, parole, victim
advocacy, dispute settlement, juvenile justice, etc., you will face
obstacles and issues that all professionals encounter. You will have
to know something about how to organize and work with large groups
of people, about how to meet goals and objectives with limited
resources, about how to manage conflicts and resolve disputes, and
about how to be a good leader and achieve job satisfaction. But as
criminal justice actors, you will also face a number of unique
circumstances unlike any other profession. You will be in the
position of making (in some cases, split-second) decisions about
people’s lives, careers, families, and futures. You will often face
non-voluntary, if not, hostile clients, frustrated co-workers, and a
stressful workplace.  However, you will have the opportunity to work
in a field where you will always make a difference.

In this course, we will build a foundation to help you understand
the kinds of issues criminal justice actors face on the job and
outline strategies to better address those concerns. We will do this
by working through the nature of management in bureaucratic
organizations and institutions, specifically in the context of
criminal justice. Our project will be guided by organizational
sociology, research on workplace environments, lessons from the
private sector, studies of police, courts, and corrections, and,
perhaps most importantly of all, practical experience. As a class,
we will seek to develop a well-informed, critical foundation from
which to envision and practice better justice.

This course is also designated as an “intensive writing” experience
by the university, which means that a good deal of your graded
efforts in the course will involve developing your writing skills
and expressing your thoughts and experiences on paper.

Service Learning Component:

P411 is designed to fulfill service learning credit.  Service
learning is “a type of experiential education in which students
participate in service in the community and reflect on their
involvement in such a way as to gain further understanding of course
content and of the discipline and its relationship to social needs
and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility” (Hatcher and Bringle,
1997: 153).  In P411, each student will visit with an assigned youth
at the Bloomington Juvenile Correctional Facility (BJCF) for one to
two hours a week and while there, work closely with the youth,
helping him meet treatment goals and plan for re-entry into the
community.  You will be provided mandatory training for this
activity during an orientation session at BJCF.  You must also
undergo a complete background check.  Students will need to provide
their own transportation or carpool with classmates.  We will spend
a portion of each class discussing your visits and relating your
experience to course materials and the topic of management.  You
will be assessing the nature of correctional treatment at BJCF by
exploring the ways in which treatment programs are being
successfully (or unsuccessfully) implemented.  You will conclude the
semester by making evaluations/recommendations to BJCF concerning
their administration.

This service learning component will most likely be the most
challenging and rewarding aspect of the course.  If you feel that
the service learning component will be difficult for you to fit into
your busy schedule, you are strongly encouraged to enroll in another
criminal justice course.  Although an alternative curriculum can be
devised in place of service learning for exceptional cases, you will
be isolated from most discussion and classroom engagement in the

Required Texts may include:

Champion, Dean.  Administration of Criminal Justice: Structure,
Function, and Process

Prentice Hall 2003

Class Meeting:  4:00-5:15, Tuesday and Thursday

Instructor:  Professor Bill Head, criminal justice department