|The major types of community-based correctional alternatives ranging from probation, shock incarceration, parole, work-release, overnight and weekend incarceration, and halfway houses to community-based centers; discussion of correctional laws, personnel development, correctional management, controversies, political pressures, and emerging trends in organization and goals.
|Professor SHERIDAN: Correctional systems will focus on circumstances in confinement and during re-entry. Students will understand basic theoretical constructs about the correctional experience, its literature, subfields, and role as a field of study within criminology, criminal justice and corrections. The student will be exposed to historical and emerging developments in the correctional field with special emphasis on evidence based practices. The student will explore correctional systems to understand strengths, weaknesses, limitations, and potential pitfalls. Special attention is paid to the social environment of prison as a change agent that must be addressed upon re-entry. Failure to effect change is viewed as contributing to failure and additional victimization in society. This course also deals with analysis of contemporary programs and trends in the criminal justice system's response to ex-convicts, their families, victims and society.
|Fall 2017 SHERIDAN