Correctional Systems and Practices

CRIJ 2313

Updated April 24, 2012

  • State Approval Code: 4301045424
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Catalog Description

Corrections in the criminal justice system; organization of correctional systems; correctional role; institutional operations; alternatives to institutionalization; treatment and rehabilitation; current and future issues.

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Speaking

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • To examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures.
  • To develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  • To analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on the area under study.
  • To differentiate and analyze historical evidence (documentary and statistical) and differing points of view.
  • To analyze, critically assess, and develop creative solutions to public policy problems.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

1. Examine an historical and philosophical view of the development of corrections (post-adjudication processing of criminal offenders) focusing on adult offenders.
2. Examine administrative and operational components of corrections.
3. Examine criminals in confinement through the post-adjudication procedures.
4. Discuss correctional problems and community corrections.

Specific Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Comprehend the relationship between society and the offender.
2. Understand the philosophical bases by which offenders are treated.
3. Comprehend the broader forces at work in institutional and community corrections.
4. Differentiate between corrections of misdemeanants and felons.
5. Understand the current correctional systems in the nation.
6. Understand the historical development of corrections in America.

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

See general course objectives.

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

The course is predominately lecture on theory and practice within Corrections, using PowerPoint and video when possible. Guest lecturers may be invited periodically to speak as well.


Students will be graded on a series of written objective tests for their grade. A subjective portion will be derived from class participation, class attendance, and preparedness for the class material.
Your grade will be determined from a series of written objective exams over chapter/course material and a comprehensive final exam. A subjective portion of the grade will be determined by the instructor from class attendance, class participation, and class preparedness as determined y responses during lectures.

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

1. Corrections in America, Allen/Latessa/Ponder, 13th Edition, Pearson

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