In this specialized curriculum, students can study the history of criminal punishment, including modern penal systems, prisoners’ rights, and factors used to develop personalized sentencing and treatment plans (such as those for prisoners who may have been diagnosed as drug addicts, mentally ill, psychopaths or sociopaths). Courses are structured to assist students in the development of their goals as they work to develop focused knowledge and skills that can be applicable to the fields of corrections and case management.
For an Online Corrections Degree, your classes may include:
This course examines the history of criminal punishment beginning with early developments in Europe. Special attention is given to theories of punishment and the development of prisons, correctional institutions, and other forms of punishment to the wider system of social control. Modern penal systems are then examined both from sociological and legal viewpoints.
Addiction Intervention in the Justice System
This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of substance abuse intervention and rehabilitative services and models available across the justice continuum. It will cover topics such as addiction issues, diagnosis, treatment planning, and strategic individual and group counseling models and techniques involving diverse populations within the criminal justice system. The course is designed to provide students with the information necessary to understand the language and application of clinical diagnostic criteria used in classifying substance use disorders and describing appropriate treatment modalities and placement criteria for the client/offender within the scope of available care. The course will also cover the ways in which appropriate treatment services are determined relative to the personal and cultural identity and language of the client.
Administration of Criminal Justice
This course focuses on the challenges administrators face in law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Students will examine the various organizational frameworks in the criminal justice system and the concepts, organizational principles, and models associated with these criminal justice agencies.
This course focuses on the historical context in which prisoners' rights were established in the United States. Students will examine landmark court decisions that established these rights and learn how they changed the administration of corrections.
This course focuses on the various factors utilized to develop personalized sentencing and treatment plans for individual offenders. It examines the personality of the offender who may be diagnosed as a psychopath, sociopath, drug addict or mentally ill person. Students will study how to develop treatment plans that will assist in the rehabilitation of the offender.
Advanced Topics in Corrections
This course examines the theories and practices involved in probation and parole processes and decision-making. Topics include pre-sentence and pre-parole investigations, probation and parole supervision, the administration of corrections services including treatment and release decision-making processes. Finally, this course examines juvenile corrections and the use of intermediate methods of treatment including electronic monitoring, community service, and the use of restitution.
Case Management & Treatment Planning
Students will study case management systems and techniques as used in both public and private rehabilitation and human service agencies. Topics include case identification, referral, eligibility determination, assessment, goal setting, plan development, intervention strategies, case monitoring, inter-agency coordination, advocacy, organizational structures, time management, critical case management skills, and funding sources.
Psychopharmacology for Criminal Justice Professionals
This course will explore several psychological and behavioral causes and effects of chemical dependency and the impact of various behavior-altering substances/chemicals (drugs) on criminality. This course will examine historical factors and trends, developmental issues, family system patterns, and addiction theories. Likewise, research findings in the behavioral sciences will be used to guide the students' understanding of the impact that social institutions, social structure, and cultures have in fostering the use of behavior altering substances.