Rehabilitation & Reintegration of Offenders – CJUS 650

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/02/2020

Course Description

This course will introduce the student to the historical, philosophical, legislative, and societal overview of offender rehabilitation and reintegration in corrections settings and in community-based settings.

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


This course will help the student relate to the latest information on rehabilitation, reentry, and reintegration of offenders. The student will have access to empirical studies and findings from current research, as well as theoretical discussions which will facilitate the development of his/her critical thinking skills in regards to these complex issues. This course will explore the challenges encountered by convicted offenders.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze the relationship between U.S. imprisonment policies and the challenges associated with offender reentry.
  2. Recognize the barriers to, and drivers of, successful offender reintegration and rehabilitation.
  3. Describe the interrelated effects of offender reentry on communities, public safety, health, families, and individuals.
  4. Evaluate the concepts of reintegration and desistance from crime, and how the criminal justice system and offender programs can facilitate successful reentry and reduce offending.
  5. Apply biblical principles to the discussion of rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–550 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. Each thread must support the student’s assertions with at least 3 citations in current APA format, and each reply must be supported by at least 2 citations.

Research Paper: Proposal

The student will submit a 1–2-page proposal for his/her Research Paper: Final with a list of the topic/content choices, academic references, and chosen Scriptures. The paper must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible (for a total of 7 references).

Thought Paper

The student will write a 3–4-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on the student’s personal analysis of prison-based and community interventions. The paper must include a reference page and cite at least 2 of the module/week readings in addition to 1 peer-reviewed journal not covered in the module/week readings.

Research Paper: Final

The student will write an 8–10-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on new rehabilitation approaches and the evaluation of these treatment service innovations. The paper must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible (for a total of 7 references).

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.