May 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog
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CJ& 105 - Introduction to Corrections

Credits: 5
Course focuses on the historical ideologies of punishment and major programs developments within the corrections component of the criminal justice system. It includes the development of the penitentiary, the philosophy of incarceration, analysis of probation, and the benefits of community corrections.

Enrollment Requirement: CJ& 101  and ENGL& 101  or higher; or instructor consent.

Satisfies Requirement: Social Science
Course Fee: $5.00

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Explain and discuss the early developments of corrections from the Middle Ages to modern day corrections and identify the purposes of punishment.
  2. Compare and contrast the major differences between jails, prisons, probation, intermediate sanctions, and community corrections.
  3. Describe trends in sentencing disparities, including factors that led to mass incarceration and implications in the BIPOC community.
  4. Describe the issues regarding women’s incarceration and the impact on their families.
  5. Identify the major challenges in contemporary corrections, including the rise in mental disorders, the LBGTQIA community, and wrongful convictions

Program Outcomes
  1. Give reasons for conclusions, assumptions, beliefs and hypotheses.
  2. Meet obligations necessary to complete individual and group tasks.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Diversity and Equity - In order to advance equity and social justice, students will be able to examine their own and others’ identities, behaviors, and/or cultural perspectives as they connect to power, privilege, and/or resistance.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.

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