CJ322 Prob Parole & Comm Corrections

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CJ-322:  Probation, Parole and Community Corrections


F1T 2012 DL


Chave, Reid W.


Senior Instructor


B.A., University of Maryland
Ed.M, Boston University
M.A., Central Michigan University

Office Location

Joint Base Charleston Campus, SC, and Mt. Pleasant, SC

Office Hours

Daily, 8 - 10 A.M., and 11 P.M., Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Daytime Phone

(843) 856-9160

Other Phone

FAX:  (775) 908-8810




Web Page


Semester Dates

August 20 - October 14, 2012

Class Days

Monday through Sunday, each class week (8 weeks).

Class Time

By e-mail, FAX, and online as required.



Credit Hours



Community-Based Corrections, 8th Edition (2011); Roland V. Del Carmen, Leanne Fiftal Alarid; ISBN: 978-0-495-81242-5

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 Amereican Probation and Parole Association'
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice
Bureau of Prisons
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Amereican Corrections Association
American Jail Association

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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 W¨

Educational Philosophy:

The facilitator's 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.  Everyone putting forth the effort will learn something every day, and keeping an open mind will facilitate the learning experience.  A wise man once said, "Everyone has a right to their own opinion, but no one has a right to be wrong in relation to the facts."  Education, at least in part, is a learning process in fact-finding.

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:

Assessment in the course will be measured by each student's successful completion and active participation in the following assignment areas:
1.  Weekly reading assignments.
2.  Weekly discussion questions.
3.  Class participation.
4.  Submitting four short papers in the APA format (500 - 750 words) on various topics related to probation, parole, and community corrections. 
     Citations must be in the APA format.  No more than 20 percent may be copied directly from outside sources with proper citation.
5.  Writing a term paper in the APA format of at least eight pages, which includes a minimum of ten sources.
6.  Completing weekly quizzes.
7.  Completing a final examination with an approve proctor.


Students are expected to participate and complete all assignments during the eight weeks in which they are assigned. The due-date for all assignments is midnight, Central Standard Time (CST) on Sunday of each course week (Monday through Sunday) unless a different date is specified by the instructor.

                                                                                    Points              Percent

·         Drop box assignments.                                                 200                   14

·         Weekly discussion board assignments.                        460                   31

·         Weekly online quizzes.                                                290                   20

·         Term paper.                                                                  300                   21

·         Final examination.                                                       300                   14
Tot                                                                       Total:   1,450                 100       

Course Letter Grade

·         A = 90 – 100%

·         B = 80 – 89%

·         C = 70 – 79%

·         D = 60 – 69%

·         F = <60% (59 or fewer points)

Late Submission of Course Materials:

If assignments cannot be completed on time for valid reasons, the student is expected to contact the instructor by e-mail with information concerning the late submission and when a response can be expected.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Course-Specific Policies

The course is offered online using the approved Park University platform. The course is different than many online classes because it involves writing an extensive term paper in the APA format. 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 for each class week. In one portion of the discussion area, you should specifically respond to the question based on the assigned text and outside readings. In the second area, which counts for class participation, you are expected to reply or comment on question responses made by your classmates.

In order to satisfactorily complete this online class, you should plan to spend at least twelve hours each class week. I would suggest three hours be spent on specific readings, two hours on the discussion question responses, three hours on the drop-box assignments, and four hours working on research. This is a three-semester upper-division level university course. Please spend the time needed to complete all assignments on time in 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. You will be graded on your participation in the discussion question areas on Sunday. Because of the difficulty of the tasks required in this course, you must stay current or you will not finish your assignments within the eight-week time frame.

Assignments should be prepared in MS Word and not other formats. If you plan to send an assignment by FAX because of temporary unavailability of the internet, you must inform the instructor,  Use of the U. S. Postal service for submission of assignments is not authorized.

The Park University e-mail system is the official e-mail of record for the course and should be used for course communications. Note that many faculty members and Park University offices do not open or respond to private e-mails sent from private e-mail addresses so as not to risk importing viruses.

Online Course Policies

1.      For submission of work/assignments, a class week is defined as the period of time between Monday, 12:01 A.M., CST, and Sunday, 11:59 P.M, CST. The first week begins on the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and submitted by the posted due-date.

2.      Online Communication and Participation: Be sure to fully identify yourself by name and course number in e-mails sent to your instructor or other class members. Online discussion and comment areas in the course are public messages and will be viewable by the entire class or other assigned Park University group members.

Online instructors will check e-mail on a daily basis and will respond to course-related questions within 24 – 48 hours.

3.      Observation of “Netiquette”: All online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty, and tact. Spelling and grammar are important in an online course and what you put into the course reflects on your level of professionalism. Online references that discuss writing online: http://www.goto.intwg.com and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.

4.       Technical Problems: If you experience computer difficulties such as help in downloading a browser or plug-in, or 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 and find/click on the helpdesk menu item, or call the helpdesk for assistance. If the issue is preventing you from timely submission or completion of assignments, immediately contact your instructor by e-mail.



Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1:  August 20 - 26, 2012

Chapter 1. 

Topics: An Overview of Community Corrections

Assignments:  Read Chapters 1 and 2. Submit your introduction to the class.  Answer three discussion questions and reply to at least two other student answers in a meaningful manner for each question. Take online quiz.

Week 2:  August 27 - September 2, 2012

Topics: Sentencing and the Presentence Investigation Report; How Probation Developed

Assignments: Read Chapters 2 and 4. Answer three discussion  questions and reply to at least two other student answers for each question. Complete and submit  homework assignment. Complete online proctor form for final examination. Take online quiz.

Week 3:  September 3 - 9, 2012

Topics: Classification and Supervision; The Career Pathway of a Community Supervision Officer

Assignments:  Read Chapters 5 and 6. Answer three discussion  questions and reply to at least two other student answers in a meaningful manner for each question.   Complete and page homework assignment. Submit term paper topic. Take online quiz.

Week 4:  September 10 - 16, 2012

Topics: Probation Modification and Termination; Residential Community Supervision Programs

Assignments:  Read Chapters 7 and 8. Answer three discussion questions and reply to at least two other students for each question. Take online quiz.

Week 5:   September 17 - 23, 2012

Topics: Nonresidential Community Supervision Programs; Economic and Restorative Just Reparations

Assignments: Read Chapters 9 and 10. Answer three discussion  questions and reply to at least two other student answers for each question. Complete and submit homework assignment. Take online quiz.

Week 6:  September 24 - 30, 2012

Topics: The History of Parole; Preparing for Prisoner Reentry

Assignments: Read Chapters 11 and 12. Answer three discussion  questions and reply to at least two other student answers in a meaningful manner for each question. Complete and submit homework assignment.   Take online quiz. Insure that the final examination proctor form is completed by Friday of this week.

Week 7:  October 1 - 7, 2012

Topics: Parole Conditions and Revocation; Juvenile Justice, Probation and Parole

Assignments: Read Chapters 13 and 14.   Answer two discussion questions and reply to at least two other student answers in a meaningful way.   Submit term paper. Take online quiz.

Week 8:  October 8 - 14, 2012

Topics: Collateral Consequences of Conviction, Pardon, and Restoration of Rights

Assignments: Read Chapter 15.   Answer two discussion questions; reply to at least two other student entries for each question. Take the final examination administered by an approved proctor.



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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

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

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Last Updated:7/17/2012 2:06:28 PM