ADJ 140 Syllabus


Division:     Arts and Sciences                                                                                                      Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:    Administration of Justice


Course Number and Title:  ADJ 140, Introduction to Corrections


Credit Hours:     3             Hours/Wk. Lecture:  3       Hours/Wk Lab:                  Lec/Lab:



I.              Catalog Description:  Focuses on societal responses to the offender.  Traces the evolution of practices based on philosophies of retribution, deterrence, and rehabilitation.  Reviews contemporary correctional activities and their relationships to other aspects of the criminal justice system.  Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:


ADJ 140 is a first semester course and is a required course for those pursuing the corrections specialization within DCC’s Administration Justice program.  ADJ 140 does not require any special experience, prerequisites or corequisites.


III.           Required Background:


ENG 111 eligibility


IV.          Course Content:


A.     Historical Perspectives

B.     The Court Process

C.    Alternatives to Imprisonment

D.    Correctional Systems

E.     Corrections Functions

F.     Institutional Clients

G.    Rights of Correctional Clients

H.    Reintegration Systems

I.       A Link to the Future


V.           Learner Outcomes


The student

VI.          Evaluation

A.               will understand the major stages—early history to modern-day corrections—in the evolution of corrections

B.               will learn about major types of correctional institutions from jail facilities to prisons which provide long-term confinement for male and female inmates

C.               will understand the value of correctional research

D.               will understand the role of probation and other major intermediate sanctions as correctional options

E.               will comprehend major issues facing male and female inmates in jails, prisons, juvenile correctional institutions and those sentenced to serve a term of probation

F.                will comprehend major differences between adult and juvenile corrections

G.               will understand key issues regarding inmate and ex-offender rights and the death penalty

Students will be evaluated by quizzes, examinations, papers on special projects as determined by faculty.


All students must complete systematic writing assignments beyond examinations as defined by faculty.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.


VII.          This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives 


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding