CRJ-136: Introduction to Corrections

Liberal Arts
Social Sciences
Criminal Justice
Academic Level
Course Subject
Criminal Justice
Course Number
Course Title
Introduction to Corrections
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC.
Catalog Course Description

Explores the history and philosophy of corrections. Covers probation, parole, and the impact of prisoner rights law on the system as a whole.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Corrections and other criminal justice components
    • Identify the three components of the criminal justice system
    • Analyze how the components systems combine to form a “system” of the criminal justice*
  2. Correction philosophy
    • Discuss the philosophy of corrections
  3. Types of punishment in corrections: historical and modern
    • Analyze how types of punishment imposed by criminal justice systems changed over the course of history*
  4. U.S. prison population growth
    • Explain the major contributing factors to the population growth in U.S. prisons
  5. Treatment programs in prison
    • Identify the various types of treatment programs that are commonly available in prison
  6. Legal rights of prisoners
    • Describe the ways prisoners’ rights have evolved over the past four decades
  7. Women in prison
    • Explain the numerous differences between the women and men prison
  8. Administration and operation of jails
    • Identify the major problems in the administration and operation of prison and jail systems
  9. Community corrections
    • Discuss the philosophy of community corrections
    • Discuss the pro-con differences of community corrections
  10. Probation and parole
    • Explain the major differences between probation and parole
    • Describe the difference between probation and parole officers
  11. Juvenile corrections
    • Explain the major difference between corrections for adults and corrections for juveniles

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

The primary method to assess the achievement of learning objectives will be written exams (multiple choice and a written essay). Students will also prepare a 2-4 page essay on the types of punishment and treatment programs within U.S. prisons. This essay will also incorporate ethics, ethical behavior, and contrasting race, education, and economics and its impact on corrections.


General Education Categories
  • Social Sciences
Institutional Outcomes
  • Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
MTA Categories
  • Category 4: Social Sciences
Satisfies Wellness Requirement
Effective Term
Winter 2022