SOC 351 Introduction to Corrections

This course is intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to address political and social issues related to corrections and to provide students with an important knowledge base for jobs or careers that involve corrections. The course includes a review of the history of punishment; alternatives to imprisonment through jails, probation, fines, and other intermediate sanctions; the various types of correctional systems found in state, local, federal, and private sectors; the custodial, management, and treatment functions of corrections; male, female, juvenile, and special offender clients of correctional agencies, the rights of correctional clients; the re-integrative correctional functions of parole and community programs; and the future trends and issues of corrections.