College of the Siskiyous

ADJ 2524 - Introduction to Corrections

Online Course Information

Spring 2020 (Section #3346)

Course Description:

This course is a study of the origin, development and evolution of corrections in America. It begins with historical and philosophical views of the development of corrections focusing on adult offenders. Later topics include administrative and operational components of corrections, criminals in confinement, post-adjudication procedures and community corrections. This course will provide the student with a broad view of the history, processes, systems, people and problems shaping the function and facilities that constitute corrections in America today.

Additional Information: Students must have access to reliable internet service to access course material online. This course will be taught using Canvas our Learning Management System (LMS). Canvas will be utilized for submission of homework, quizzes, and other assignments. If you have questions about this class, please email the instructor at

Required Textbook: "Corrections in America, An Introduction", 14th Edition, by Harry E. Allen, Edward J. Latessa, and Bruce S. Ponder. ISBN: 13-978-0-13-359121-7, Pearson Education, Inc.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO's)

  • Analyze the history and evolving philosophy of punishment from ancient times to present.
  • Examine the role of corrections within the criminal justice system.
  • Describe corrections at the federal, state and local levels, and analyze the contribution of each to the criminal justice system.
  • Evaluate alternatives to imprisonment and critically analyze diversion and intermediate sanctions.

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