ADJ 145 Syllabus


Division:       Arts and Sciences                                                                                                    Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:    Administration of Justice


Course Number and Title:     ADJ 145, Corrections and the Community


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



I.              Catalog Description:       Studies and evaluates the relationships and interactions between correctional organizations and free society.  Focuses on the shared responsibility of the community and corrections agencies to develop effective programs for management and treatment of criminal offenders.  Lecture:  3 hours per week.


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

ADJ 145 is a second semester course and is a required course for those pursuing the corrections specialization within DCC’s Administration of Justice program.  ADJ 145 does not require any special experience, prerequisites or corequisites.


III.           Required Background:

       ENG 111 eligibility

IV.          Course Content:


A.     The State of Corrections Today:  Why Community Corrections is Important

B.     History and Legal Foundations of Probation

C.    The Decision to Grant Probation

D.    The Presentence Investigation Report

E.     Conditions, Modification, and Termination of Probation

A.     Organization and Administration of Probation Services

B.     Supervision in Probation and Parole

C.    Probation Revocation

D.    The Development of Parole: From Its Origin to the Present

E.     The Parole Board and Parole Selection

F.     Parole Conditions and Revocation

G.    Residential Intermediate Sanctions

H.    Nonresidential Intermediate Sanctions

I.       Juvenile Justice, Probation, and Aftercare

J.      Direct and Collateral Consequences of Conviction

K.     Pardon and Restoration of Rights


V.           Learner Outcomes


The student will

VI.          Evaluation

A.               learn the history and philosophy of probation, parole, sentencing and treatment programs

B.               define key community-based corrections terminology associated with probation and parole

C.               learn about intermediate sanctions and learn about intensive probation  supervision, boot camps, house arrest and restitution programs

D.               be introduced to various juvenile justice probation and aftercare programs

E.               consider measures of effectiveness as they relate to probation, parole and intermediate sanctions

F.                discuss civil and political rights affected by conviction and consider the processes of pardon and restoration of rights

G.               be exposed to relevant URL references which will identify “real world” corrections issues, corrections dilemmas

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