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CJ 237W - Jails & Local Detention

Credits: 3
Explains the operations of jails and local detention facilities and their unique role in the criminal justice system. Covers Michigan jail and lockup operations, as well as their organization, management, and emerging issues confronting American jails. Reviews differences in jails and prisons regarding operations and differing clienteles.

Prerequisite(s): READING LEVEL 2 or WRITING LEVEL 2 and CJ 110W  or CJ 130W  with a "C" or better
Corequisite(s): None
Lecture Hours: 45 Lab Hours: 0
Meets MTA Requirement: None
Pass/NoCredit: No

Outcomes and Objectives
  1. Describe the role of the jail in the criminal justice system.
    1. Trace the development of American jails and detention
    2. Trace the process through the courts from arrest to sentencing
    3. Distinguish between prisons, jails and lock-ups
    4. Contrast the jail's custodial model with the correctional models of rehabilitation, reintegration and punishment
    5. Differentiate between 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation jails
    6. Explain the consequences of overcrowding
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the various jail clientele.
    1. Explain some sociological and psychological causes of criminal behavior
    2. Discuss issues relating to the male offender
    3. Discuss issues relating to the female offender
    4. Identify particular issues concerning the following special category offenders:
      1. Juveniles
      2. Suicidal inmates
      3. Sex offenders
      4. Elderly and disabled offenders
      5. Substance abusers
      6. Developmentally-disabled offenders
      7. Mentally-ill offenders
      8. Gang-affiliated offenders
      9. HIV-infected offenders
  3. Discuss jail management and operational issues.
    1. Explain management styles and the chain of command
    2. Describe the duties of custodial and security personnel
    3. Discuss the duties of treatment personnel
    4. Understand and discuss the following major issues in jail security:
      1. Security and control
      2. External and perimeter security
      3. Prisoner transportation
      4. Internal security (The count, Housing unit management, Internal prisoner movement, Searches and contraband control)
      5. Special item controls (Keys, Tools, Medical items, Food service items, Use of force, Firearms, Gas, Restraints and unarmed force)
      6. Emergency plans and procedures (Riots, disturbances & hostages, Fires, Natural disasters, Escapes)
    5. Understand and discuss the following legal issues and prisoners’ rights:
      1. Medical care
      2. Personal and property searches
      3. Cruel and unusual punishment
      4. Due process
      5. Communications and religion
      6. Federal laws
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of other major issues in local corrections.
    1. Analyze common ethical dilemmas in local corrections.
    2. Learn and apply basic principles of report writing.
    3. Explain the conceptual partnership between jails and community-based sanctions.
  5. Perform writing tasks to promote learning of concepts.
    1. Document attainment of skills learned.
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of the subject.
  6. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
    1. Articulate important ideas.
    2. Select, organize, and present details to support a main idea.
    3. Employ conventions of written, edited, standard English (WESE) or the language of instruction.
    4. Use appropriate vocabulary for the audience and purpose.
  7. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
    1. Analyze course content in written form.
    2. Explain the subject matter in a coherent writing style.

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