CJ322 Prob Parole & Comm Corrections

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CJ 322 Probation, Parole & Community Corrections


SP 2009 HO


Donnelly, Stephen


Adjunct Instructor


MS, Administration of Justice, American University
BA, Psychology, LaSalle University

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

January 12 - May 8, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

10:00 - 10:50 AM


CJ 232

Credit Hours


Leanne Fiftal Alarid, Paul Cromwell, and Rolando V. del Carmen, Community Based Corrections, 7th Edition, Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2007.

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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Course Description:
CJ322 Probation, Parole and Community Corrections: This intermediate course explores the use of probation and parole as alternatives or as adjuncts to confinement. The rules and functions of the parole and probation system and their supervision are discussed. Various techniques and methods for achieving the goals are considered, including community related programs. Prerequisite: CJ232 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I believe in using a variety of methods in the learning process.  The course will consist of readings, class discussions, case studies, writing assignments, field trips to community corrections facilities, and examinations.  Students will be required to analyze and evaluate information learned and apply this information in the examination of current issues in probation, parole, and community corrections.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Differentiate the principles of probation and parole.
  2. Analyze procedural methods within the probation/parole system.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Readings:  The entire textbook will be read for this class.  Assignments are indicated in the schedule below.  You are responsible for reading the assignment prior to the class in which the topic will be discussed.
Class Participation:  Class participation is expected.  If you are not present you cannot participate.  Class participation is graded (20 percent of your grade) and consists of regular class attendance and active engagement in class discussions. 
Written Assignment:  In lieu of a research paper you will conduct a presentence interview and write a presentence investigation report based on case materials provided.
Examinations:  There will be three tests and a final exam.  Each exam is equally wrighted.  All tests will cover both readings and class discussion.  Exam questions will be any combination of short answer and essay type. 


Grading will be based on the following:
Class participation                                                        200 points = 20%
Written assignment                                                       200 points = 20%                                
Three exams (each exam = 150 points (15 %)              450 points = 45%
Final exam                                                                   150 points = 15%
Total                                                                          1,000 points = 100%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
For each class period an assignment is late, points will be deducted.  Certain work may be made up in cases of legitimate absence.  Legitimate absences include student illness, death in the immediate family, and approved activities where students represent the university.  I reserve the right to make the final decision on what absences are excused and when make-ups will be allowed.  Generally tests will not be given after the class has taken them.  Once the test has been returned to the class, no student can take the test for grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1.  Attend class.  Five points for participation will be deducted for each absence.  Students with an excused absence may restore participation points by completing a written essay on the topics that were covered during the missed class. 
2.  Be prompt.  It is discourteous and disruptive to arrive late or leave early.
3,  Students will treat each other with courtesy and respect at all times.
4.  Please disable (turn off, silent mode, etc.) all cell phones or other electronic communication devices while in class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

JAN 12, 14, 16 - The State of Corrections Today - read Chapter 1 in the text.
JAN 21, 23 - Pretrial Release and Diversion - read Chapter 2 in the text. 
                     JAN 19 is Martin Luther King Day holiday.
JAN 26, 28, 30 - Sentencing and the Prersentence Report - read Chapter 3 in the text.
FEB 02, 04, 06 - History of Probation - read Chapter 4 in the text.  Exam # 1 on FEB 6.
FEB 9, 11, 13 - Probation Officer Issues - read Chapter 5 in the text.
FEB 18, 20 - Classification and Supervision in Probation and Parole - read Chapter 6 in the text.
                      FEB 16 is Presidents' Day holiday.
FEB 23, 25, 27 - Probation Modification and Termination - read Chapter 7 in the text.
MAR 02, 04, 06 - Residential Intermediate Sanctions - read Chapter 8 in the text.  Exam # 2 on MAR 6.
MAR 09 - 13-- Spring Recess - No Classes
MAR 16, 18, 20 - Non-residential Intermediate Sanctions - read Chapter 9 in the text.
MAR 23, 25, 27 - Economic and Restorative Justice Reparations - read Chapter 10 in the text.
MAR 30, APR 1, 3 - The History of Parole from its Origin to the Present - read Chapter 11 in the text. 
APR 6, 8 - Preparing for Prisoner Reentry - read Chapter 12 in the text.  Exam # 3 on APR 8. 
                  APR 10 is Good Friday holiday.
APR 13, 15, 17 - Parole Conditions and Revocation - read Chapter 13 in the text.
APR 20, 22, 24 - Juvenile Justice, Probation, and Parole - read Chapter 14 in the text.
APR 27, 29, MAY 1 - Collateral Consequences of Conviction, Pardon, and Restoration of Rights - read Chapter 15 in the text.
MAY 4-8 - Final Exam Week.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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