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Corrections

I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 140

       Course Name: Corrections

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is regarding the criminal justice system of corrections, which offers a functional analysis of corrections in the American criminal justice system. The course covers and explores various aspects of the social history of punishment, environmental conditions, staff and inmate safety, prisoner rights litigation, overcrowding, gender and ethnicity, special needs, gang control strategies, and growth of supermax prisons. The course is a useful introduction to career planning for employment in the corrections field.

IV.   Learning Objectives

•    Define terms related to corrections.

•    Assess the purpose, implementation, and effectiveness of corrections.

•    Trace the historical evolution of the correctional system.

•    Examine the organization of corrections.

•    Examine challenges faced by the correctional system.  

•    Compare and contrast the differences and similarities of the various clients of a correctional facility.

•    Analyze prison life and the effects it can have on individuals and society.

•    Appraise the legal rights of inmates and the use of capital punishment.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

•    Crime and Corrections

•    Correctional Options

•    Prisons

•    Parole and Rehabilitation

•    Adult Offenders

•    Special Offenders

•    Prison Management

•    Prison Life

•    Prison Employees

•    Legal Issues of Corrections

•    Correctional Challenges

•    The Future of Corrections

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, demonstration, audio/visual material
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading texts, writing notes, proficiency testing and written examination.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

A. Mid-Term Written Examination
B. Final Written Examination
C. Class participation

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.