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CJ 232 Introduction to Corrections
Mendez, Bianca N.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

CJ 232 Introduction to Corrections

Semester

F2T 2012 DL

Faculty

Mendez, Bianca N.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Associate, Bachelor, and Master Degrees in Criminal Justice
Graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy/U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations Academy
Certificate of Child Protective Services, Texas and Office of Inspector General Academy

Office Location

Online or via telephone

Office Hours

8:00 AM-10:00 PM Mountain Time

Daytime Phone

(702) 250-7674

E-Mail

bianca.mendez@park.edu

acnaib_99@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

F2T 2012- October 22, 2012- December 16, 2012

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

Title:  American Corrections, 9th Edition

Author: Todd Clear, George Cole, and Michael Reisig

Publisher: Wadsworth, Thomsom, Leaning

Year. 2011 – 9th Edition

ISBN:  0-495-80748-6

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
 

The Corrections Connection

The Albany Education Corrections Sourcebook

The American Probation and Parole Association

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Department of Justice

Bureau of Prisons

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

American Corrections Association

American Jail Association

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Course Description:
CJ232 Introduction Corrections: This basic course discusses correctional concepts from their historical background to the present. An emphasis will be placed on the multi-faced approach to corrections in our society, including the use of alternatives to incarceration. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

 
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of inter-activeness based on lectures, readings, writings, and discussion thread dialogues. It is believed that such interaction will lead to the establishment of a life-long quest for knowledge and a continued appreciation for education.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Employ the vocabulary in corrections and learn to gather, evaluate, and communicate information about the subject effectively.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the American correctional system, its history, its evolution to the present and the future.
  3. Discuss the increasing role of private entities support the public system.
  4. Compare the American system to systems in other nations.
  5. Apply sensitivity to value questions in corrections and understand current issues and be able to communicate various positions on these issues.


Core Assessment:
  • Class participation, quizzes & exams
  • Weekly papers, individual activities with written assignments
  • Term Paper

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

 
 

You will be graded on the weekly submission of drop-box assignments from assigned readings. Look under the tabs for assignment and discussion in each weekly unit.

 You will be graded on the weekly submission of discussions of issues from assigned readings.  This will include required interaction with classmates. Look under the tabs for assignment and discussion in each weekly unit.

There will be seven weekly online quizzes over assigned readings. All quizzes and the mid-term will be a combination of multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions.


Proctored final examination- The final exam will be on the topics discussed weekly. For the final, there will be a combination of multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank responses.

A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.  

Other Information on proctored exams:

 
It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the Park University Distance Learning Department.

  
Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.

  
A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.

  
Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

 

Grading:

 
This subsection should list the grading scale and weighting for all of the graded work during a course. The grading scale must use the following scale below, and point totals for each letter grade must be included.

A = 90- 100% (or 900 points or higher)
B = 80-89%   (or 800 to 899 points)
C = 70-79%   (or 700 to 799 points)
D = 60-69%   (or 600 to 699 points)
F = < 60%    (599 or fewer points)

GRADES:
Proctored Final Exam               10%
Discussion Topics                     24%
Paper Assignments                  32%
Term Paper                              20%
Quizzes (7)                              14%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

 
 

Submission of Late Work:  Each week runs from Monday morning through Sunday night, 11:59 pm. I enter grades for the previous week on Monday morning and these grades are not changed.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Course-Specific Policies:

This course is offered online, over the Internet, using the eCollege platform. This course is different than many Online classes because it involves writing an extensive paper. You will be doing reading and writing primarily by yourself, but with close contact and guidance by your instructor.

You have some work with your classmates in the discussion area. 1) In one portion of the discussion area, you should respond specifically to the question, based on the text and outside readings. 2) In the second area, you should be responding to the responses of your classmates.

In order to satisfactorily complete this online class, you should plan to spend twelve hours a week. I would suggest three hours be spent on the specific readings, two hours on the discussion board responses, three hours on the drop-box assignments, and four hours working on the research proposal. This is a three-semester upper-division-level college course. Please spend the needed time on the course.
Class weeks begin on Monday and end on Sunday. You will be graded on the work you completed by the end of Sunday; that is, if you have an e-mail assignment, it is due before Sunday late and if submitted later, it will be counted late. You will be graded on your participation in the two discussion areas on Sunday. Because of the difficulty of the task required in this course, you must stay current; otherwise, you will never finish.

The instructor expects you to send research proposal assignments and drafts via the Internet in MS Word, not Word Perfect and not Works (that comes standard with many computers). If you plan to send by FAX or postal service, you must inform the instructor well in advance of due dates.

You should use e-mail for private messages to your professor and other students and for submission of research proposal drafts. The class discussion is for public messages. The discussion area is similar to a tradition classroom where anything you say may be heard/ seen by everyone in the class.

Students should review the applicable online policies noted below. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.
 
 

Online Course Policies:

Policy #1:  Submission of Work:

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am EST and Sunday at 11:59 PM EST. The first week begins the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date.
Create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch in cyberspace won't erase your efforts.
When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word, RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF file formats.

Policy #2: Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation

General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class.

Online threaded discussions: are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.

Online Instructor Response Policy:  Online Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.

Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/  and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.

Please check the Announcements area before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I submit assignment 3?).  If you don't see your question there, then please contact your instructor.

Policy #3: What to do if you experience technical problems or have questions about the Online classroom.  

If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your Online course, click on the  button in your Online Classroom, then click on the helpdesk menu item, and then fill out the form or call the helpdesk for assistance.  
If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact your instructor immediately.




Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week one
Discussion topic: Online discussion topics. Respond to each question in discussion board.

                         Respond to the submissions of at least three of your classmates.

              Submit initial individual response to discussion board nlt Friday to allow

              Classmates time to respond.

                          
Assignment:    Respond to the Critical Thinking question . Submit

                       A short paper (two pages in length; 350 - 500 words – excluding title

                       Page, outline, and bibliography). Outside sources should be used for your

                        Paper.

                       Read Chapters 1, 2 and 3 of text.

                        Read “History and Philosophy of Punishment” (Doc Sharing)

Read “American Penology” (Doc Sharing)

                        Read “Evolution of Modern Penal Systems” (Doc Sharing)        

Quiz:               Chapters 1, 2, and 3

Week two

 
Discussion topic:  Online discussion topics. Respond to each question in discussion board.

                         Respond to the submissions of at least three of your classmates.

              Submit initial individual response to discussion board nlt Friday to allow

              Classmates time to respond.

                          

Assignment:      Respond to the Critical Thinking question . Submit

                       A short paper (two – three pages in length; 350 - 500 words – excluding title

                       Page, outline, and bibliography). Outside sources should be used for your

                        Paper.

 

                        Read Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of text.

                         Read “Prisoner Rights” (Doc Sharing)

                         

Quiz:                Chapters 4, 5, and 6

Week three

 
Discussion topic: Online discussion topics. Respond to each question in discussion board.

                         Respond to the submissions of at least three of your classmates.

              Submit initial individual response to discussion board nlt Friday to allow

              Classmates time to respond.

  
Assignment:     Respond to the Critical Thinking question . Submit

                       A short paper (two  pages in length; 350 - 500 words – excluding title

                       Page, outline, and bibliography). Outside sources should be used for your

                        Paper.

                        Read Chapters 7, 8, and 9 of text

                         Read “Probation in a System of Justice” (Doc Sharing)

                         Read “Intermediate Sanctions and Community Corrections” (Doc Sharing)

 

Quiz:                Chapters 7, 8, and 9

                        
Week four

 
Discussion topic: Online discussion topics. Respond to each question in discussion board.

                         Respond to the submissions of at least three of your classmates.

              Submit initial individual response to discussion board nlt Friday to allow

              Classmates time to respond.

Assignment:      Respond to the question Critical Thinking question. Submit

                       A short paper (two pages in length; 350 - 500 words – excluding title

                       Page, outline, and bibliography). Outside sources should be used for your

                       Paper.

 

                        Read Chapter 10, 11, and 12 of text.

                        Read “Confronting Confinement” (Doc Sharing)

                        Read “The Female Inmate Social System” (Doc Sharing)

 

Quiz                  Chapters 10, 11, and 12


Week five


Discussion topic: Online discussion topics. Respond to each question in discussion board.

                         Respond to the submissions of at least three of your classmates.

              Submit initial individual response to discussion board nlt Friday to allow

              Classmates time to respond.

                        Read Chapter 13, 14, and 15 of text.

                        Read “The Debate Over Prison Privatization” (Doc Sharing)

Quiz                 Chapters 13, 14, and 15           


Week six


Discussion topic: Online discussion topics. Respond to each question in discussion board.

                         Respond to the submissions of at least three of your classmates.

              Submit initial individual response to discussion board nlt Friday to allow

              Classmates time to respond.

 

 

               

Read              Read Chapters 16 and 17.

                        Read “Jail Reentry and Community Linkages” (Doc Sharing)

                        Read “Juvenile Offenders and Juvenile Corrections” (Doc Sharing)

Quiz                 Chapters 16 and 17

Week seven
Discussion topic: Online discussion topics. Respond to each question in discussion board.
                     Respond to the submissions of at least three of your classmates.

              Submit initial individual response to discussion board nlt Friday to allow

              Classmates time to respond.
 
Core Assessment Paper Due:  Submit Core Assessment - 8 to 10 pages (2,000 to 2,500 words) in APA format
 

 

 

Read                Chapters 18 and 19

                        Review “The Sentencing Project” (Doc Sharing)

Quiz                  Chapters 18 and 19

Week eight
Discussion topic: Online discussion topics. Respond to each question in discussion board.

                         Respond to the submissions of at least three of your classmates.

              Submit initial individual response to discussion board nlt Friday to allow

              Classmates time to respond.

                      

Read                Chapters 20 and 21

Exam                  Proctored Final Exam, Comprehensive, Chapters 1 – 21

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism:
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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

Disability Guidelines:
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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
2,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Evaluates the characteristics of the following five aspects of the American incarceration system (history, structure, inmate treatment, correctional policies, and consequences of incarceration).  At least two characteristics for each aspect must be included. Evaluates the characteristics of the following five aspects of the American incarceration system (history, structure, inmate treatment, correctional policies, and consequences of incarceration).  At least one characteristic for each aspect must be included. Evaluates the characteristics of the following five aspects of the American incarceration system (history, structure, inmate treatment, correctional policies, and consequences of incarceration).  No characteristics for each aspect are included. (e.g. no evidence of operationally defined competency) Fails to provide evidence of judgment about incarceration 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1,2,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Using personal home confinement experience and/or inmate writings, constructs explanations for the five aspects of the  American incarceration system over time, for both state and federal systems Using personal home confinement experience and/or inmate writings, constructs explanations for the five aspects of the  American incarceration system for either the federal or state systems Using personal home confinement experience and inmate writings, constructs explanations for less than five aspects of the  American incarceration  system Failed to participate in the home confinement project (project and/or books) and failed to produce assigned paper 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Compares and contrasts the similarities and differences between the personal experience and that of inmate author(s) using all five aspects Compares and contrasts the similarities and differences between the personal experience and that of inmate author(s) using some (three to four) of the five aspects Compares and contrasts the similarities and differences between the personal experience and that of inmate author(s) one or two aspects Fails to follow directions and or fails to complete the project as assigned. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Demonstrates in writing an understanding of many (at least five)  aspects of America's current incarceration policies Demonstrates in writing an understand of some (three to four) aspects of America's current incarceration policies Demonstrates in writing little understanding of the consequences of America's current incarceration policies by discussing one or two aspects of the incarceration policies. Fails to demonstrate any understanding of the consequences of America's incarceration policies 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Using terminology from the course and research correctly, identifies more than 10 concepts about incarceration in the paper Using terminology from the course and research correctly, identifies ten concepts about incarceration in the paper Using terminology from the course and research correctly, identifies less than ten concepts about incarceration in the paper Using terminology from the course and research incorrectly and fails to identity  concepts about incarceration in the paper 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Paper contains no errors on the following items: works cited, spelling, grammar, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, APA or MLA formatting. Paper contains one to five errors on the following items: works cited, spelling, grammar, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, APA or MLA formatting. Paper contains from six to ten errors on the following items: works cited, spelling, grammar, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, APA or MLA formatting. Paper contains numerous errors (more than 10) on the following items: works cited, spelling, grammar, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, APA or MLA formatting. 
First Literacy (or Disciplinary Competency) Community and Civic Responsibility                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
Community and Civic Responsibility                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Demonstrates an understanding of the complexity of the American correctional  system using social, political, and economic concerns Demonstrates an understanding of complexity of the American justice system using two of the concerns (social, political, economic) Demonstrates an understanding of complexity of the American justice system using only a single concern (social, political, economic) No demonstrated evidence of an understanding of the complexity of the American justice system 
Second Literacy  (or Disciplinary Competency)                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Outcomes
Ethics and Values                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Demonstrates an understanding of more than  five ethics and value questions relating to the American correctional system Demonstrates an understanding of three to  five ethics and value questions relating to the American correctional system Demonstrates little  understanding of ethics and value questions relating to the American correctional system by discussing only one to three of these No demonstrated acquisition of tools for analyzing ethics and value questions relating to the American correctional system 

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