Charles W Russo
Ph.D.: University of Central Florida
DEGREE AT A GLANCE:
The Corrections Management Certificate program provides students with a foundation in the laws, ethics, and correctional treatment strategies directly related to the correctional field. Students analyze the philosophies and laws of punishment and sentencing, as well as the goals of rehabilitation. In addition, administrative and legal requirements pertaining to specific inmate special population groups and subsequent strategies for post-sentencing management are also examined.
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
Criminal Justice Administration
The course will provide the student with an overview of the American criminal justice system as an interdisciplinary social science involving aspects of criminology, sociology, law, and political science. This course will also examine the complexity of the American Criminal Justice System through its administrative process.
Stress Management in Law Enforcement
This course will explore the stresses of law enforcement, specific stress factors in law enforcement (i.e., shift work, hazards and dangers, dealing with death and severe injury, post-shooting trauma, testifying in court, and undercover work). Methods and techniques for reducing stress will be discussed as will applying these techniques in the field.
Ethics in Criminal Justice
This course concentrates on the major functions, structures and processes that underline ethical issues within the American Criminal Justice System. This course will explore the structure and nature of the various types of ethical debates within the American judicial system. There will be an assessment of the ethics in criminal justice, as it explores the issues of morality, virtue, honesty, and making ethical decisions in the United States criminal justice system. Assessments of various issues will be examined as they relate to decision making and ethics.
Contemporary Criminal Justice Issues
This course will examine a broad range of contemporary criminal justice issues. Including but not limited to sentencing issues, gun control, profiling and search and seizure laws. Students will required to research current criminal justice issues from journals and news articles in order to exchange analytical observations while employing concepts and methodologies covered in this course.
Corrections and Incarceration
A comprehensive study of the context, practices, and special interests of corrections. Topics include the early history and current trends of correctional thought and practice, jails and other short-term facilities, intermediate sanctions, the prison experience, women in prison, institutional management, educational/treatment programs, prisoners' rights, and race/ethnicity challenges.
Probation and Parole
An examination of the theory and practice of probation and parole, including pre-sentence investigation, supervision of probationers, parole administration and services, treatment theory, parole officers, juvenile services, and new concepts (such as community-based corrections, the justice model, and determinate sentencing) that have impacted traditional probation and parole theory.
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