Criminal Justice-COLL | Criminal Justice Management
P411 | 5949 | Head


If you are enrolled in P411, it is possible 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 also designated as a service learning course.  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
offender at the Monroe County Jail for one to two hours a week and
while there, work closely with the offender, 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.  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 management at the Monroe County Jail by
exploring the ways in which treatment programs are being
successfully (or unsuccessfully) implemented.  You will conclude the
semester by making evaluations/recommendations to the Monroe County
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 course.

By participating in the service learning option, you are making a
professional commitment to the facility staff and to the offenders.
If you cannot attend on your regularly scheduled appointment date,
you should re-schedule for the same week.  If situations arise
where you absolutely cannot attend in a given week, you must contact
me.

Class meeting:  Monday and Wednesday, 4:15-5:15

Instructor:  Bill Head, criminal justice department