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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: MSCJ 587
Course Title: Corrections Administration
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

The course develops students' capacity to develop and evaluate policies and procedures in all parts of the correctional administration arena. Judicial decisions which impact the legal status of the operation of correctional institutions and offender confinement are examined along with practical and operational decisions relating to corrections administration. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Graduate standing.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

The Effective Corrections Manager: Correctional Supervision for the Future
By Phillips, Richard L., and Charles R. McConnell (Jones and Bartlett Publishing)
Course Objectives
  • To understand current issues in the supervision and administration of modern corrections organizations.
  • To understand the legal, practical, political and operational nature of managing corrections organizations
  • To understand  training and policy and the extent the two interact and relate to one another.
  • To critically analyze trends and issues in hiring, discipline and supervision of corrections personnel.
Measurable Learning
  • Identify specific problems, trends and issues in the management of corrections organizations.
  • Distinguish between line-level supervision and the functions of command staff.
  • Demonstrate a practical and working knowledge of the hiring and promotional process; disciplinary proceedings and daily supervision of personnel.
  • Predict, explain, and support likely future developments in corrections management and supervision.
Topical Outline:
  • The corrections environment
  • The nature of corrections supervision
  • Management functions
  • Operating principles
  • Correction technology
  • Correction operations
  • Organizational communications
  • Administrative / staff functions
  • Personnel hiring process
  • Training and continuing education
  • Collective bargaining and correction management
  • Budgeting annual task

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Joseph Carrier Date: October 10, 2010
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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