Course Number & Name:  CJI 103 Probation and Parole

Credit Hours:  3.0             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in CJI 101 or placement
Concurrent Courses:

Course Description:  This course presents probation as a judicial process and parole as an executive function. A historical review of trends in probation and parole such as the community-based programs in work release, half-way house contract program planning, therapeutic community, and treatment team concepts in probation and parole are examined. Modern trends, such as the justice model, determinate sentencing, restorative justice, “broken windows” supervision, and intensive supervision in the adult and juvenile system are also examined.  The course includes discussion of the community resources that can be brought to bear on the correctional task and the concept of shock probation.

<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. describe the evolution of  ‘community corrections;’
  2. explain the various components of probation and the role of the probation officer;
  3. explain the various components of parole and the role of the parole officer;
  4. discuss the goals of ‘community corrections’ and evaluate the effectiveness of various models;
  5. describe the role of the community and other stakeholders in ‘community corrections;’
  6. explain the legal concepts used within the criminal justice system and the function of ‘community corrections’ within this system;
  7. demonstrate critical thinking skills within the context of evaluating the complexity of criminal justice issues; and
  8. communicate effectively with accurate ‘criminal justice’ terminology in written and/or oral form.


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