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

First Term: 2000 Spring
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S

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

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Identify and describe the various components of the criminal justice process. (I)
2. Identify the historical development of the corrections system and describe the contributions made to corrections by the United States. (II)
3. Trace the development of American prisons. (II)
4. Describe the ideologies of prevention, rehabilitation, and retribution. (II)
5. Identify and describe sentencing alternatives. (III)
6. Describe the development of probation and identify and describe the administrative procedures associated with probation. (III)
7. Describe the development of parole and identify and describe the administrative procedures associated with parole. (IV)
8. Outline the differences between parole and probation and describe the appropriate circumstances under which each is used. (III, IV)
9. Identify and describe various types of correctional institutions and describe the role that corrections plays in the criminal justice system. (V)
10. Identify and describe the organization of various types correctional institutions and describe the management of each. ( V)
11. Identify and describe a variety of factors involved in operating and maintaining the the physical plant. (V)
12. Identify and describe prison operations including the classification of prisoners, security operations, disciplinary procedures, industry operations, offender rights, prison programs and services. (V, VI)
13. Identify and describe special correctional institutions. (VII)
14. Describe special problems involved in dealing with juvenile and female offenders. (VII)
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. Probation
      1. Historical Development
      2. Administration
      3. Pre-sentencing Reports
      4. Condition of Probation
      5. Supervision
   B. Work Release
   C. 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
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  10/26/1999

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