I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 140

       Course Name: Corrections

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


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 and Student Conduct

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.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

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, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

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

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Text Description: Corrections: An Introduction, 2/e examines corrections not just from an academic view, but from those who are at the center of the system. It includes correctional history and theory, yet concentrates on what professional’s do, why they do it, and the challenges they face every day. Unique integration of the author’s experience sets the tone for this real-world approach and chapter case studies, career features, and personal interviews reinforce the theme. With accompanying media resources, the book shows students how corrections theory and research are put into practice and helps them experience the world of corrections from the inside.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Mid-Term Written Examination
  2. Final Written Examination
  3. Class participation

XI.   Other Course Information

Class attendance required and being in class on time.

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.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.