Course Number & Name:  CJI 120 Prison Subcultures and Lifestyles

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
Concurrent Courses:

Course Description: This course focuses on the theoretical policy issues and dilemma of the American correctional system in handling citizens who have been imprisoned.  It examines the origin and nature of the inmate social systems, inmate social roles, and the inmate socialization process.  It explores, partly from the inmate’s own perspective, modern concepts of behavior modification, punishment, community alternatives to imprisonment, and probable trends in the practice of corrections both nationally and internationally.

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

  1. describe and examine the development of prison subcultures in America;
  2. describe and explain the types and characteristics of the most commonly encountered subcultures today in the prison system;
  3. compare and contrast the prison society to the outside society;
  4. describe the economic subculture and its impact, if any, on the approved administrative budgeted operations of the prison system; and
  5. describe and examine how the prison classification system itself contributes to the development of subcultures.


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