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466 Topics in Criminal Justice: Law & Prisons

Topics in Criminal Justice: Law & Prisons (47:202:466:B7:07519)
Class Dates: 5/26 - 7/2
Class Times: Meeting Time By Arrangement
Instructor: Staff
Format: Remote
Credits: 3
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This special topics course examines the history of the prison as a form of punishment, how policies and practices of the criminal justice system have influenced the day-to-day management and operation of prisons, and the most influential legal cases in corrections. With the prison being the most hidden process of the correctional system, this course begins with a deep dive into the history behind the prison as a form of punishment. After gaining a historical and theoretical understanding of the prison, the course will focus on the day-to-day management and operation of prisons by considering different administrative and employment roles inside of the prison such as the warden, correctional officers, and social workers. Lastly, the course will include an examination of the most influential legal cases in corrections to tie together the history of the prison, the daily operations of the prison, and how major supreme court decisions impact the modern-day functioning of the prison. This course is intended for those who have taken an introductory criminal justice or corrections course but is open to all who are motivated to both deepen and challenge their knowledge of the criminal justice system through daily engagement and active discussion. After the completion of this course, students will gain a novel insight into the historical intention of the prison, critical-thinking skills to deepen their reading comprehension, and evaluative skills to apply in the legal context. Not only will these new skillsets improve their academic performance but will help to translate the knowledge learned inside of the classroom to arenas such as law enforcement, policy, and law.

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