Advanced Corrections Policy – CJUS 703

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the origin, philosophy and objectives of the prison system. As an advanced corrections course, students explore the far-reaching impacts of prisons policy on society. Policies related to prisons, rehabilitation, re-entry, alternative court, community corrections, recidivism and other recent relevant topics may be explored. Additionally, students will prepare new evidence-based practice corrections policy.

Prerequisite

CJUS 700

Rationale

The challenges related to prisons, rehabilitation, re-entry, alternative court, community corrections, and recidivism within the broader context of criminal justice policy research poses some of the greatest questions in the field, and the need for additional understanding and research is great. The student will have the opportunity to extensively examine and discuss these challenges and to be equipped with the latest research on related topics.

 

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the three components of rival correctional theories.
  2. Measure the theory of retribution or just deserts and how these perspectives differ for liberals and conservatives.
  3. Evaluate rational choice theory and its underlying assumptions.
  4. Discuss the reasons the United States prison population is higher than any other nation.
  5. Evaluate what restorative justice is and its underlying assumptions.
  6. Evaluate the theory of rehabilitation and its underlying assumptions.
  7. Evaluate what reentry is, its underlying assumptions, and how public perceptions of reentry and rehabilitation have evolved over time.
  8. Know the difference between a longitudinal and cross-sectional study.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

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 (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to write a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. The thread must have a minimum of 2 scholarly references, and the replies must have a minimum of 1 scholarly reference. The references must be in current APA style, and the references must be reflected in the text (in-text citations) as well as at the end of each post. Discussion Board Forum threads and replies must be posted directly to the forum and not as an attachment; attachments will not be graded. Each reply must contain 1–2 sentences addressing issues, questions, or statements from a Christian worldview.

Biblical Worldview of Corrections

For the biblical worldview assignment, the student will write a short essay which critically examines corrections from a biblical perspective. This essay must internalize and express a biblical worldview of a correctional professional. The paper must be at least 5 pages and must properly follow current APA style.

Research Topic Selection with Research Questions

During this course, the student will compose an original 10–12-page Literature Review on a current topic or trend in criminal justice (see the instructions for the Literature Review assignment). In preparation for the Literature Review, the student will submit his/her topic for approval, along with a preliminary bibliography. The preliminary bibliography must cite at least 6 scholarly resources that are significant to the topic (current, relevant, credible, and each carries its weight), with a clear and meaningful connection between all the resources. The student must identify a research question for his/her topic.  The student must properly follow current APA style.  Minimum word requirement is 250 words.  

Journal Article Critique

The student will select a peer-reviewed academic journal article. The student may use one of the additional resources in the course. The student must write a 5 page critique of the journal article which includes at least 3 scholarly citations and uses current APA formatting.

Literature Review

The student will write a 10–12-page Literature Review on a specific problem in criminal justice. It will not be a descriptive paper, but must be one that critically examines the problems and the competing solutions. The student must make an argument if it is necessary. The paper must utilize at least 12 significant, scholarly resources that are significant to the topic (current, relevant, credible, and each carries its weight) with a clear and meaningful connection between all the resources. The paper must utilize at least 12 significant, scholarly sources and follow current APA style.  The paper should be 10-12 pages with Cover page, Research Questions, Annotations, Bibliography and any supporting documentation.

Policy Solution for Corrections Research Paper

The student will write a 12–15-page research-based paper in current APA format. The student must select a major criminal justice correctional issue and develop policy regarding the issue. The paper must include at least 12 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. At least 8 of the sources must be peer-reviewed sources published in the last 5 years.

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice, fill in the blank, and essay questions and have a 1-hour time limit.