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Undergraduate Certificate in Corrections Management




Program Description

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.

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Program Objectives

    Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

    • Analyze the history of the American Penal System and examine the philosophies and laws of punishment and sentencing.
    • Analyze key Supreme Court case decisions specifically pertaining to the constitutional rights of those incarcerated in an American correctional facility.
    • Use various research methodologies to obtain comprehension of research applications and explain the relationship between two or more variables relating to a varied range of theoretical explanations for crime and criminality.
    • Assess various correctional treatment strategies employed in correctional facilities as well as the impact of these strategies on the administrators of the facilities to comply with a variety of governmental agencies and their mandated requirements pertaining to specific inmate special population groups.
    • Assess the roles of probation and parole officials and the interrelationship with the correctional programs.
Certificate Requirements
18 Hours
Criminal Justice Administration
3 hours

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
3 hours

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
3 hours

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.

Corrections and Incarceration
3 hours

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
3 hours

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.

Law Enforcement Intelligence Applications
3 hours

The course will prepare students to use intelligence methodologies and templates to assist in case support or investigations, security and counterintelligence, trend development and forecasting, and efficient use of open source information to maximize resources. The course will examine the current use of intelligence in law enforcement (federal, state, and local) and its applications in support of investigations and operational planning. The methods examined in this course will be applicable in the private sector.

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