CJS5310 Leadership in Correctional Administration

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits

Course Description:

The course will examine in depth the nature of correctional work. The major topics include theories of criminal behavior, justifications for punishment, correctional philosophy, the correctional processes, correctional treatment methodology, recidivism, early American prisons, today’s prisons, prisons of the future, faith-based initiatives and the role of probation/parole in the criminal justice system.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Any minister, lay leader, or mission minded believer engaging persons who have a criminal conviction will inevitably ask themselves questions related to the correctional system. Those within the criminal justice profession seeking to live out a missional calling through their work would benefit from a structured and guided engagement about corrections. The topic regarding how to address and reduce recidivism while providing consequences for criminal behavior is a topic that affects all in society. Due to the current state, members of the community would benefit a better understanding of and knowledge of Corrections.

Why This Course Is Important:

The correctional system has far-reaching application. The outlook on crime prevention and control, the emphasis on making community members active participants in the process of problem solving, and correctional administrators s role in Corrections require changes within correctional organizations. By offering services during incarceration and providing alternatives to incarceration, recidivism can be lowered and successful reintegration of offenders into society can be achieved. This application of serving current and ex-offenders has long been explored in the Christian faith. It would benefit the larger mission of God for mission-minded individuals with training in criminal justice as well as community members to become active with the correctional system.