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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
The Correction Function
Course: AJS240

First Term: 2023 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Examines the history and development of correctional theories and institutions.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe the history and development of the corrections function within the criminal justice system. (I, II)
2. Explain the ideologies of prevention, rehabilitation, and retribution. (II)
3. Analyze the impact and implications of sentencing alternatives. (III)
4. Explain the development and administrative procedures associated with probation and parole. (III, IV)
5. Describe the various types of correctional institutions to include their role in the criminal justice system and how they are organized and managed. (V, VII)
6. Describe prison operations including the classification of prisoners, security operations, disciplinary procedures, industry operations, offender rights, prison programs, and services. (V, VI, VII)
7. Examine the implications of dealing with special populations. (VIII)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. The criminal justice process
   A. Police
   B. Courts
   C. Corrections
   D. Constitutional issues
II. Evolution of corrections
   A. Deterrence
   B. Reform
   C. Retribution
   D. Rehabilitation
      1. Basis for prisons
      2. Pennsylvania system
      3. Modern corrections
III. Alternatives to incarceration
   A. Restorative justice
   B. Probation
      1. Historical development
      2. Administration
      3. Pre-sentencing reports
      4. Condition of probation
      5. Supervision
   C. Work release
   D. Diversion
IV. Parole
   A. Historical development
   B. Parole boards
      1. Structure
      2. Authority
   C. Supervision
   D. Revocations
V. Correctional institutions
   A. Types based on security
   B. Physical plant
      1. Operations
      2. Maintenance
   C. Organization
      1. Structure/Management
      2. Prison programs/services
      3. Security operations
      4. Prisoners` rights
      5. Disciplinary procedures
      6. Industrial operations
VI. Diagnosis/Classification of offenders
   A. Process and procedures
   B. Contributions
   C. Reclassification
VII. Special institutions
   A. Federal
   B. Women
   C. Juvenile
VIII. Special populations
   A. Juvenile
   B. Women
   C. Pregnant
   E. Disabled
   F. Mentally ill
   G. Non-English speaking
   H. Geriatric
   I. Religious accommodations
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: February 28, 2023

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