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Site Teaching Modules CRMJ/SOCA 363: Corrections
Week 10 -- Community Corrections
You will be held accountable for purposes of grading for the readings and exercises listed here. There will be no "testing." That means that you will not have to live in anxious anticipation of what we will ask and how much you will have to know. Instead, we will provide weekly discussion questions, lectures, essays, and concepts we feel that you should know as a result of having taken this course. You will assure us of that learning and receive your grade for the questions and concepts about which you choose to write and talk with us. In addition, you will find detailed explanations and examples on our grading policies in the first week's reading.

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Week 10: Week of November 2, 2003

  • Topic: Community Corrections

  • Preparatory Readings and Other Materials:
    --- Haas and Alpert. Dilemmas of Corrections. ch. 27-28
    --- Sachar. Holes. ch. 11-26.

  • Lectures/Discussions: in class

  • Concepts:

    • probation
    • parole
    • prisoner re-entry
    • community surveillance
    • investigation and supervision
    • shock incarceration
    • reintegration
    • electronic monitoring

  • Discussion Questions:

    1. What are the similarities and differences between probation and parole?
    2. What is the purpose of probation? What is the purpose of parole?
    3. How does the use of probation effect the correctional system? Why is it used so extensively? Why.
    4. How could the investigative and supervisory function of probation be most effectively organized? Given these two organizational tasks, how should a probation officer parcel his/her time and effort? Why.
    5. Based on the readings and other class materials, how would explain parole in terms of "theory, policy, practice?" Why.

  • Ideas and Suggestions for Creative Measures
    • Research "what works?" in community corrections. In other words, what are today's most successful community-based rehabilitation programs? Why. How is success measured? Why.
    • Other books related to community corrections:
      --- H. Abadinsky. Probation and Parole.
      --- J. Augustus. John Augustus: First Probation Officer.
      --- D.J. Champion. Probation and Parole in the United States.
      --- Peggy Burke. Abolishing Parole.
      --- Richard McCleary. Dangerous Men
      --- Jonathon Simons. Poor Discipline: Parole and the Social Control fo the Underclass, 1890-1990.
    • A Creative Project with CSUDH students! Check out Visual Essays Project. If interested, let me know.

  • Recommended Readings:
    • Alfie Kohn. Beyond Discipline.
    • James Austin and John Irwin. It's About Time: America's Imprisonment Binge.
    • Jeffery Reiman. The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison.

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