Correctional Systems and Practices

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. This course is a survey of institutional and non-institutional corrections. Emphasis will be placed on the organization and operation of correctional systems; treatment and rehabilitation; populations served; Constitutional issues; and current and future issues.
      Approval Number: 43.0104.54 24
      maximum SCH per student 3
      maximum SCH per course 3
      maximum contact hours per Course 48
  2. Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
    1. Describe the organization and operation of correctional systems and alternatives to institutionalization.
    2. Describe treatment and rehabilitative programs.
    3. Differentiate between the short-term incarceration and long-term institutional environments.
    4. Evaluate current and future correctional issues.
    5. Identify the Constitutional rights applicable to the correctional setting.
  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. Exams - there are two major exams, one at midterm and the other at finals, each with 100 multiple choice questions covering eight chapters of the text apiece
    2. Collaborative exercises - There are ten discussion forum assignments designed for the students to interact with one another on topics chosen and posed by the instructor in a discussion format.
    3. Reading quizzes - There are 22 chapter reading quizzes in true or false format to test student comprehension of the text material
    4. Writing assignment - There is a 1200 to 1500 word writing assignment due before the end of the course based on topics offered by the instructor and chosen by the student.
  4. Course Requirements, Methods of Assessment, Criteria, and Grading Standards 
    1. Student’s final grade will be weighted as follows:
    2. 15% - Responses to Discussion Questions each week, 150 to 200 word posts to Forum for each week, no less than two substantive responses to other student posts AFTER posting your own, required responses to instructor posts during the week
    3. 20% - Reading quizzes for each chapter
    4. 20% - Midterm, 100 matching questions, Chapters 1 – 11
    5. 35% - Final, 100 matching questions, Chapters 12 – 22, must be proctored
    6. 10% - Writing assignment
    7. Grades will be assigned on the following basis:
      Total Points                 Grade              Definition
      90 – 100                      A                     Superior
      80 – 89                        B                     Good  
      70 – 79                        C                     Average
         0 – 69                       D                     Passing
      69 – below                   F                      Failing
    8. Exam Make-up Policy: Absolutely no make-up exams will be given unless the absence has been documented and verified as a medical emergency. Exams will be open for a short time period on the day scheduled. If the student misses an exam, no credit will be given.
    9. Extra Credit:   NO extra credit is offered in this course.
  5. Class Conduct:
    1. This course will be taught in an electronic college classroom environment.  It is assumed that students will come to class prepared to participate in the learning process and that part of this preparation will include the demonstration of mature and purposeful behavior. 
    2. Class Discussions: Due to the sensitive topics that are addressed in criminal justice classes, students are expected to show tolerance and respect for diverse points of view (whether the student personally agrees with them or not).  Rude, racist, misogynistic, homophobic, profane, or other hurtful comments—out of context—will not be tolerated and may be referred to the appropriate authority for further investigation.
  6. Other Policies
    1. Bad Weather Policy:  In the event of class being cancelled for inclement weather, a holiday, national disaster, or other unavoidable circumstances, the instructor will be responsible for notifying the students as to what make-up requirements will be.  Sufficient work will be documented to offset the number of hours missed.  This required make-up work will be given to students within one week upon resuming classes.
    2. ADA Statement:  Students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, requesting accommodations in this class, should notify the Western Texas Counseling Office as soon as possible.  In accordance with federal law, a student requesting accommodations must provide documentation of his or her disability to the Director of Counseling.  For more information call 325-573-8511 ext. 313, or visit the Counseling Center located on campus in the Learning Resource Center.
    3. Disclaimer:  In addition to the above policies and procedures, any aspect of this course is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion. 
  7. Information on Books and Other Course Materials:
    1. Text: “American Corrections”, 11th Ed., Clear/Reisig/Cole, ISBN-13: 9781305093300 | ISBN-10: 1305093305 
  8. Other Policies: Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities.
  9. Course Organization & Tentative Schedule*
Week One Ch 1 The Corrections System, reading quiz and forum
Week Two Ch 2 The Early History of Correctional Thought and Practice, Ch3. The History of Corrections in America, reading quiz and forum
Week Three Ch 4 The Punishment of Offenders, 5. The Law of Corrections, reading quiz and forum
Week Four Ch 6 The Correctional Client
Ch 7 Jails: Detention and Short-Term Incarceration, reading quiz and forum
Week Five Ch 8 Probation, Ch9. Intermediate Sanctions and Community Corrections, reading quiz and forum
Week Six Ch 10 Incarceration, Ch11. The Prison Experience, reading quiz and forum
Week Seven Midterm Exam
Week Eight Ch 12 Incarceration of Women, Ch13. Institutional Management, reading quiz and forum
Week Nine Ch14 Institutional Programs, Ch15. Release from Incarceration, reading quiz and forum (or Spring Break)
Week Ten Ch16 Making It: Supervision in the Community, Ch17, reading quiz and forum Corrections for Juveniles.
Week Eleven Ch 18 Incarceration Trends, Ch19. Race, Ethnicity, and Corrections, reading quiz and forum
Week Twelve Ch 20 The Death Penalty, reading quiz and forum, finish work on research paper
Week Thirteen Ch 21 Community Justice, reading quiz and forum ,submit research paper (or Thanksgiving Break)
Week Fourteen Ch 22 American Corrections, reading quiz and forum
Week Fifteen Final Exam (must be proctored)

*The above schedule, policies, procedures, and assignments in this course are subject to change.



Last Modified: November 16, 2016