Community Corrections – CJUS 646

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course focuses upon the deinstitutionalization of the prison industry through the development and utilization of alternatives such as probation and parole as well as other elements that impact criminal justice reform. This course will review and examine various alternatives that may present plausible options to incarceration, such as academic and vocational programs that improve opportunities for education and employment.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Community Corrections provides an introduction, foundation, and framework for the Criminal Justice program/concentration by introducing students to the theoretical and practical foundations of the correctional system, assessing future directions, and by preparing students to approach these considerations from a Judeo-Christian worldview.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (8)

These discussions are meant to provide preparation for the Analysis Paper Assignments throughout the course. In addition to completing the required thread for these discussions, students must reply to their classmates. Thus, each Discussion allows for a more free-flowing discussion on key Module: Week topics and might allow students to assist one another in grasping the key ideas for the assigned module and assignments. The student will be required to complete these according to the instructions and grading rubric in the course.

Analysis Paper Assignments (3)

The student will write three 1½–2-page Policy Briefs in current APA format in which the historical evolution of corrections is discussed as well as the political and social forces that shaped policy. The paper must include at least 3–5 references in addition to the course textbooks, Learn material, and the Bible.

Research Paper Assignment

The student will write a 10–12-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on the historical evolution of corrections, and specifically community corrections, as well as the political and social forces that are shaping the future of community based supervision.  Additionally, at least 2 specific pieces of legislation must be cited and discussed in this analysis. The paper must include at least 20 references in addition to the course textbooks, Learn material, and the Bible.