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Introduction to Corrections (LAWE 1250)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This is an introductory course designed to provide you with an overview of the problems and ethical dilemmas that face America's correctional system. The institution of corrections is not only a study of our prison system; it is myriad complex interrelationships among many components and institutions of society. This course will uncover the factors that influence corrections, both those who work and administer in corrections and the forces outside of the corrections industry.

Topical Outline:
1. History of corrections and prisons
2. Sentencing, appeals, probation and other diversion and intermediate sanctions
3. Custody, management, and treatment functions of jails, prisons, and detentions facilities
4. Parole and reentry into society
5. The male, female, and juvenile experience; offender rights; and, the death penalty

Learning Outcomes:
1. Recognize the history of corrections and prisons from ancient to modern times
2. Discuss the process of sentencing, including incarceration, probation/parole and other diversion and intermediate sanctions
3. Discuss the features of custody, management, and treatment functions of incarceration
4. Discuss the process and role of parole and reentry into society
5. Identify and discuss the experience of males, females, and juveniles in the correctional system, including prisoner rights and the death penalty

Prerequisites:  Placement score into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052