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Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2017/2018

MSCJ 587: Corrections Administration

Course Description

The course will develop 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 will be examined along with practical and operational decisions relating to corrections administration.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Seiter, Richard. Correctional Administration: Integrating Theory and Practice. 2nd ed. Prentice Hall, Inc., 2012.
    • ISBN-978-0-13-511362-2
  • Austin, James, & John Irwin. It’s About Time: America’s Imprisonment Binge. 4th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Inc., 2012.
    • ISBN-978-0-534-61596-3

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

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Course Overview

The course will address a number of Correctional Administration issues. Topics will include correctional management and administration; managing correctional staff; managing the environment; managing prisons; and issues for now and in the future. We will also look at the issues of enduring the pains of imprisonment (hard time) and living and working in a prison.



Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


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 the 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 Outcomes

  • 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.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 450-500 90-100%
B 400-449 80-89%
C 350-399 70-79%
F 0-349 0-69%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Introduction 10 2%
Short Papers (8) 80 16%
Short Paper Discussions (8) 40 8%
Discussions (16) 80 16%
Interviews (2) 100 20%
Research Paper 150 30%
Weekly Participation (8) 40 8%
Total 500 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Introduction 10 Tuesday
Short Paper 1 10 Wednesday
Discussion 1: Correctional Philosophies 5 Thursday
Discussion 2: Leadership Styles 5
Short Paper 1 (Discussion) 5 Sunday
Participation (Discussions 1 & 2) 5
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Short Paper 2 10 Wednesday
Discussion 3: Employee Morale 5 Thursday
Discussion 4: Strategic Planning Process 5
Short Paper 2 (Discussion) 5 Sunday
Research Paper Topic/Question Approval --
Participation (Discussions 3 & 4) 5
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Short Paper 3 10 Wednesday
Discussion 5: Correctional Training Programs 5 Thursday
Discussion 6: Dispute Mediation 5
Short Paper 3 (Discussion) 5 Sunday
Participation (Discussions 5 & 6) 5
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Short Paper 4 10 Wednesday
Discussion 7: Unit Management Approach 5 Thursday
Discussion 8: Promotion Potential 5
Short Paper 4 (Discussion) 5 Sunday
Participation (Discussions 7 & 8) 5
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Interview 1: Prison Administrator 50 Monday
Short Paper 5 10 Wednesday
Discussion 9: Private Correctional Facilities 5 Thursday
Discussion 10: Probation Caseloads 5
Short Paper 5 (Discussion) 5 Sunday
Participation (Discussions 9 & 10) 5
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Short Paper 6 10 Wednesday
Discussion 11: Budget Crisis and Cuts 5 Thursday
Discussion 12: Prison Gang Violence 5
Short Paper 6 (Discussion) 5 Sunday
Participation (Discussions 11 & 12) 5
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Interview 2: Jail Administrator 50 Monday
Short Paper 7 10 Wednesday
Discussion 13: Budget Cuts and Treatment Programs 5 Thursday
Discussion 14: Correctional Medical Costs 5
Short Paper 7 (Discussion) 5 Sunday
Participation (Discussions 13 & 14) 5
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Short Paper 8 10 Wednesday
Discussion 15: Mentally Ill Inmates 5 Thursday
Discussion 16: Restorative Justice Model 5
Short Paper 8 (Discussion) 5 Saturday
Participation (Discussions 15 & 16) 5
Research Paper 150
Total Points 500

Assignment Overview

Readings and Activities

You are expected to complete the assigned readings and activities each week.


Introduction

During the first week of the course, you will introduce yourself in the appropriate topic in the Discussions area of the course. Please include information such as your name, job title, location, or any other information that you may wish to share.


Level of Weekly Participation

Points will be assigned based on the quality of your posts, the time spent reading student posts, the dates of your log-ins, and the overall level of your participation each week. Do not expect full credit by participating on Saturday and Sunday each week, because there are also log-ins and readings as part of the participation grade.


Discussions

There will be two (2) general weekly discussion questions based on the readings in the Correctional Administration textbook. Each discussion is worth 5 points. You are required to participate in the discussions each week. Your discussion postings must be original and intelligible. The initial posting for each question must be a minimum of 75 words. You must answer each question posed. You must respond a minimum of ten (10) times to classmates’ postings. In your responsive posts, you should challenge, discuss, and debate. Please do not make posts such as “good post, I agree” without further comment. Posts without meaningful content or off-topic posts will be deleted along with all responses to the meaningless/off-topic posts.

Full discussion questions can be found in the Discussions area of the course. Initial discussion posts are due by Thursday each week. All additional discussion posts must be made prior to midnight Sunday. Discussion topics will be locked at midnight Sundays and you will be unable to make additional posts. You will be able to read all posts made prior to midnight Sunday each week.


Short Papers

There will be a short paper each week. For each paper, you will first complete that week’s reading assignment from the book It’s About Time: America’s Imprisonment Binge by Austine & Irwin. Write a summary and critique of the assigned reading material for the week. The primary purpose of this assignment is to evaluate your comprehension, critical thinking, and evaluation skills. Include comments on the strengths/weaknesses of the authors’ position. Do you agree or disagree with the authors’ position? Why or why not? The Short Paper assignment has two submission requirements. Each short paper must be completed and submitted to both the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area and to the Discussions area of the course, by Wednesday each week. Please see the description for “Short Paper (Discussions)” next. Discussions will continue through Sunday.


Short Paper (Discussions)

Once you have submitted your short paper to the Dropbox, you will also need to post a copy of your weekly paper to the appropriate “Short Paper” Discussion topic for class discussion. We will use the discussion thread to evaluate the author’s position and student evaluation of the material. You will read classmate submissions and offer comments for discussion. Discussion points earned will be based on the quality of your discussion only, not the content of your Short Paper.


Interviews

In Weeks 5 and 7, you will conduct a personal interview with a Criminal Justice Professional.  Interview 1 will be with an administrative/supervisory employee currently working for a state or federal adult correctional facility. Interview 2 will be with an administrative/supervisory employee currently working for a local/county/municipal jail. You should identify the individual, the agency, date and time of the interview and post a summary of the interview in the appropriate “Interview” topic in the discussions area of the course. Full details for the interview assignments will appear in the Content area of the course; see Interview Assignment Description. Interviews must be posted no later than Monday of the assigned week, 11:59 pm, CT, to allow for class discussion. (Phone interviews are not permitted.)


Research Paper

You will submit a research paper on a topic you perceive to be a critical issue today in corrections. The Research Paper is required to be a minimum of 15 pages in length. This does not include cover and reference page(s). Post your research question/topic on the Research Question Topic in the Discussions area of the course, for approval by the instructor, no later than the end of Week 2. A minimum of 10 primary sources are required to include journals, books, and other appropriate source material. Papers should include a cover page, introduction, body, summary/conclusions, and reference page. Papers need to be typed and double-spaced, with 12-point type. Use MLA or APA style for your citations. All source material must be properly cited in the body of the paper using APA or MLA. (I strongly recommend the use of headings in your paper to help organize your thoughts.) Research papers must be original work for this course. Do not submit a paper used in another course. The paper is due no later than Saturday, 11:59 pm, CT, Week 8.

Note: This is a 500 level course and your paper will be graded accordingly. There are several unacceptable internet resources which cannot be used for any course assignment, including your research paper. These include the following: Wikipedia, Wiki Info, and Anarchopedia.



Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Correctional Administration and Theories of Leadership
Readings
  • Chapter 1 and 2, pages 1 – 46 (Seiter)
  • Chapters 1, pages 1 – 18 (Austin and Irwin)
Introduction

Post your Introduction in the appropriate topic in the Discussions area of the course.

Short Paper 1
Write a summary and critique of the assigned reading material in the reading assignment from the book It’s About Time: America’s Imprisonment Binge.
Discussion 1: Correctional Philosophies

Answer question 2, page 20 in the Seiter text and post your answer to the discussion topic for class discussion.

Discussion 2: Leadership Styles

Answer question 2, page 43 in the Seiter text and post your answer to the discussion topic for class discussion.

Short Paper 1 (Discussion)

Post a copy of your Short Paper 1 to the Discussion Topic by the due date. Review postings by your classmates and discuss.

Participation (Discussions 1 & 2)

Participation during Week 1.

Week 2: Leadership and Management Setting the Tone
Readings
  • Chapter 3 and 4, pages 47 – 93 (Seiter)
  • Chapter 2 & 3, pages 21 – 64 (Austin and Irwin)
Short Paper 2
Write a summary and critique of the assigned reading material in the reading assignment from the book It’s About Time: America’s Imprisonment Binge.
Discussion 3: Employee Morale

Answer question 1, page 65 in the Seiter text and post your answer to the discussion topic for class discussion.

Discussion 4: Strategic Planning Process

Answer question 2, page 90 in the Seiter text and post your answer to the discussion topic for class discussion.

Short Paper 2 (Discussion)

Post a copy of your Short Paper 2 to the Discussion Topic by the due date. Review postings by your classmates and discuss.

Research Paper Topic/Question Approval

You must submit your Research Paper topic/question to the Discussions area for instructor approval by Sunday 11:59 PM. The topic should be relevant to a critical issue in corrections administration. For full details, see the Research Paper Instructions under Assignment Resources in the Content area of the course.

Participation (Discussions 3 & 4)

Participation during Week 2.

Week 3: Role of Correctional Staff and Human Resource Management
Readings
  • Chapter 5 and 6, pages 94 – 168 (Seiter)
  • Chapter 4, pages 66 – 91 (Austin and Irwin)
Short Paper 3
Write a summary and critique of the assigned reading material in the reading assignment from the book It’s About Time: America’s Imprisonment Binge.
Discussion 5: Correctional Training Programs

Answer question 1, page 122 in the Seiter text and post your answer to the discussion topic for class discussion.

Discussion 6: Dispute Mediation

Answer question 2, page 165 in the Seiter text and post your answer to the discussion topic for class discussion.

Short Paper 3 (Discussion)

Post a copy of your Short Paper 3 to the Discussion Topic by the due date. Review postings by your classmates and discuss.

Participation (Discussions 5 & 6)

Participation during Week 3.

Week 4: Staff Organization and Supervising
Readings
  • Chapter 7 and 8, pages 169 – 234 (Seiter)
  • Chapter 5, pages 96 – 117 (Austin and Irwin)
Short Paper 4
Write a summary and critique of the assigned reading material in the reading assignment from the book It’s About Time: America’s Imprisonment Binge.
Discussion 7: Unit Management Approach

Answer question 1, page 197 in the Seiter text and post your answer to the discussion topic for class discussion.

Discussion 8: Promotion Potential

Answer question 2, page 232 in the Seiter text and post your answer to the discussion topic for class discussion.

Short Paper 4 (Discussion)

Post a copy of your Short Paper 4 to the Discussion Topic by the due date. Review postings by your classmates and discuss.

Participation (Discussions 7 & 8)

Participation during Week 4.

Week 5: Fiscal Management and Risk Classification
Readings
  • Chapter 9 and 10, pages 235 – 307 (Seiter)
  • Chapter 6, pages 121 – 145 (Austin and Irwin)
Interview 1: Prison Administrator

Conduct personal interview with an administrative/supervisory employee currently working for a state or federal adult correctional facility. Students will identify the individual, the agency, date and time of the interview and post a summary of the interview on the interview topic. See Interview Assignment Description for additional information. Interviews must be posted NLT Monday, 11:59 pm, CT, to allow for class discussion. (Phone interviews are not permitted.)

Short Paper 5
Write a summary and critique of the assigned reading material in the reading assignment from the book It’s About Time: America’s Imprisonment Binge.
Discussion 9: Private Correctional Facilities

Answer question 2, page 259 in the Seiter text and post your answer to the discussion topic for class discussion.

Discussion 10: Probation Caseloads

Answer question 2, page 304 in the Seiter text and post your answer to the discussion topic for class discussion.

Short Paper 5 (Discussion)

Post a copy of your Short Paper 5 to the Discussion Topic by the due date. Review postings by your classmates and discuss.

Participation (Discussions 9 & 10)

Participation during Week 5.

Week 6: Managing the External Environment and Internal Security
Readings
  • Chapters 11 - 12, pages 308 -363 (Seiter)
  • Chapter 7, pages 147 - 166 (Austin and Irwin)
Short Paper 6
Write a summary and critique of the assigned reading material in the reading assignment from the book It’s About Time: America’s Imprisonment Binge.
Discussion 11: Budget Crisis and Cuts

Answer question 1, page 321 in the Seiter text and post your answer to the discussion topic for class discussion.

Discussion 12: Prison Gang Violence

Answer question 2, page 360 in the Seiter text and post your answer to the discussion topic for class discussion.

Short Paper 6 (Discussion)

Post a copy of your Short Paper 6 to the Discussion Topic by the due date. Review postings by your classmates and discuss.

Participation (Discussions 11 & 12)

Participation during Week 6.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Prison Programs and Basic Services
Readings
  • Chapter 13 and 14, pages 364 – 424 (Seiter)
  • Chapters 8, pages 169 - 193 (Austin and Irwin)
Interview 2: Jail Administrator

Conduct personal interview with an administrative/supervisory employee currently working for a local/county/municipal jail. Students will identify the individual, the agency, date and time of the interview and post a summary of the interview on the interview topic. See Interview Assignment Description for additional information. Interviews must be posted NLT Monday, 11:59 pm, CT, to allow for class discussion. (Phone interviews are not permitted.)

Short Paper 7
Write a summary and critique of the assigned reading material in the reading assignment from the book It’s About Time: America’s Imprisonment Binge.
Discussion 13: Budget Cuts and Treatment Programs

Answer question 2, page 387 in the Seiter text and post your answer to the discussion topic for class discussion.

Discussion 14: Correctional Medical Costs

Answer question 1, page 419 in the Seiter text and post your answer to the discussion topic for class discussion.

Short Paper 7 (Discussion)

Post a copy of your Short Paper 7 to the Discussion Topic by the due date. Review postings by your classmates and discuss.

Participation (Discussions 13 & 14)

Participation during Week 7.

Week 8: Critical Issues and the Future of Correctional Administration
Readings
  • Chapter 15 and 16, pages 425 – 474 (Seiter)
  • Chapter 9, pages 195 – 227 (Austin and Irwin)
Short Paper 8
Write a summary and critique of the assigned reading material in the reading assignment from the book It’s About Time: America’s Imprisonment Binge.
Discussion 15: Mentally Ill Inmates

Answer question 2, page 454 in the Seiter text and post your answer to the discussion topic for class discussion.

Discussion 16: Restorative Justice Model

Answer question 2, page 477 in the Seiter text and post your answer to the discussion topic for class discussion.

Short Paper 8 (Discussion)

Post a copy of your Short Paper 8 to the Discussion Topic by the due date. Review postings by your classmates and discuss.

Participation (Discussions 15 & 16)

Participation during Week 8.

Research Paper

Submit a copy of your Research Paper to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox by the due date and post a copy for student review in the Research Paper Discussion Topic.



Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

It is incumbent on each student to stay abreast of all due dates and class expectations. Late assignments will be penalized.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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