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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: MSCJ 589
Course Title: Community Corrections
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Techniques and procedures utilized in the supervision of adult and juvenile probationers and parolees and other residents of community-based corrections facilities. Preparation of social history, pre-hearing and pre-sentence investigation reports. Emphasis on practical problems confronting the probation and parole and other community-based corrections officer. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Graduate standing.

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

Community Based Corrections
By Barton-Bellassa, Shannon M. and Robert D. Hunger (Sage Publications)
Course Objectives
  • To critically analyze how the roles of community corrections and the community interact.
  • To understand the community corrections needs of the community.
  • To understand the societal restrictions and limitations of the community corrections organization.
  • To predict social and community problems that impact the role of community corrections.
Measurable Learning
  • Distinguish between the needs of the community and the responsibilities of community corrections.
  • Identify solutions for resolving community concerns about the community based corrections.
  • Demonstrate a practical and working knowledge of community based correction practices as they relate to community service.
  • Predict, explain, and support likely future developments in community based corrections.
  • Master at least one trend or issue and become sufficiently knowledgeable about community needs and community corrections.
Topical Outline:
  • History and development of community based corrections
  • The viability of treatment programs used in community corrections
  • Assessment and risk associated with community corrections
  • Management and case planning
  • Residential and non-residential santions
  • Parole management and reentry issues
  • Special needs offenders and community corrections

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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