Corrections

There is a need for men and women across the state, and women in particular for the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility. In Michigan, now only women can supervise women prisoners, and recently there has been a shortage of applicants.

To become a corrections officer, applicants need to complete a minimum of 15 college credits in a prescribed selection of courses, including correctional administration, criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, social work, counseling and guidance, law enforcement and more. JC offers associate degree and certificate programs in corrections. Students may benefit from Jackson College’s transfer agreement with Siena Heights University, allowing them to transfer up to 90 credits from JC to Siena Heights and with all courses needed for a bachelor’s degree available on JC’s campus.

Corrections Program Information at Jackson College

Courses

CRJ 117 Criminology (3 CR) (SAME AS SOC 117)

Provides an understanding of the cultural nature, origin and development of criminal behavior with attention given to the psychological and sociological factors involved.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 090*

CRJ 119 Client Growth & Development (3 CR)

A corrections-oriented course involving the study of normal versus criminal behavior, human development and criminal pattern. Also involves the study of specific problems including substance abuse, sexual and medical problems and disorders.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 090*

CRJ 120 Human Relations for Corrections (3 CR)

A study of the meaning and function of culture and the social and psychological implications of discrimination. Also involves a survey of minorities in Michigan, attitude formation and professional responsiveness.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 090*

CRJ 121 Introduction to Corrections (3 CR)

A survey of the American corrections system as a component of the criminal justice system.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 090*

CRJ 124 Institution Populations (3 CR)

The nature, composition and dynamics of the prison population as a separate society are central topics in this course.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 090*

CRJ 125 Parole & Probation (3 CR)

Pre- and post-institutional treatment and alternatives are presented. Consideration also given to diversion and communitybased correctional programs.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 090*

CRJ 127 Corrections Law (3 CR)

Deals with the law as it applies to the correctional system. Applicable court cases and legislation will be considered. Topics will include sentencing, prisoners’ rights and responsibilities; loss of rights, prisoner remedies; community corrections and restoration of rights of offenders.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 090*

CRJ 203 Field Studies (3 CR) (SAME AS SOC 203)

This course provides an opportunity for students to work for one semester in a law enforcement or corrections agency. Only open to students who have reached sophomore level (26 or more credit hours), minimum 2.5 GPA and permission of the instructor.

CRJ 224 Health and Safety in Corrections (3 CR)

This course is a Michigan Corrections Officer Training Council approved curriculum under Public Act 415, requiring the training of new corrections officers. The course provides information and practical demonstration to prepare the student for certification as a correction officer. Topics of instruction cover the health and safety of prisoners and corrections officers in the confined institution, identification and response in fire safety and hazardous material including applicable MIOSHA standards. Areas of safety include infectious disease, stress management and hostage awareness. Students learn and demonstrate the proper techniques to maintain personal and prisoner safety in the prison.

CRJ 225 Workplace Relations in Corrections (4 CR)

This course is a Michigan Corrections Officer Training Council approved curriculum under Public Act 415, requiring the training of new corrections officers. The course provides information and practical demonstration to prepare the student for certification as a correction officer. Workplace Relations covers the relations inside the prison setting as it pertains to communications, safety, harassment and prisoners conduct. Topics of instruction include: workplace policies, rules and guidelines for state corrections officers, discrimination, computer security, segregation, set ups and professional conduct, ethics and report writing.

CRJ 231 Offender Management in Corrections (6 CR)

This course is a Michigan Corrections Officer Training Council approved curriculum under Public Act 415, requiring the training of new corrections officers. The course provides information and practical demonstration to prepare the student for certification as a corrections officer. Offender management is a course in the management and discipline of prisoners in the institutional setting. The course instructs students in the areas of self-defense and prisoner restraints that are necessary to maintain order in a custody setting. Instruction includes firearms familiarization, restraints, chemical agent use and preparation and disturbance control. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in each technique to meet the standards for certification.

Law Enforcement

Personnel in law enforcement and corrections perform a variety of services to help protect the public and maintain order. Law enforcement fields include careers such as police officers and detectives, who are charged with protecting lives and property, and investigating and apprehending individuals who break the laws. Corrections officers are charged with overseeing individuals who have been arrested, are awaiting trial or have been convicted of a crime and are serving time in a jail or penitentiary.

JC offers associate degree and certificate options in both law enforcement and corrections, as well as the State of Michigan Certified Corrections Officer curriculum of 15 credit hours necessary now prior to employment in the field. Students may benefit from JC’s transfer agreement with Siena Heights University, allowing them to transfer up to 90 credits from JC to Siena Heights and with all courses needed for a bachelor’s degree available on JC’s campus. Police officers must also complete academy training prior to employment in Michigan.

Law Enforcement Program Information at Jackson College

Courses

CRJ 101 Criminal Law (3 CR)

This course covers both substantive and procedural law at local, state and federal levels. Special emphasis given to the Michigan Penal Code and landmark court decisions.

Prerequisite: ENG 085*

CRJ 102 Criminal Investigation (3 CR)

This course covers the fundamentals of criminal investigation, theory and practice, from crime scene to courtroom, with emphasis on techniques appropriate to specific crimes. Prerequisite: ENG 085*

Prerequisite: Instructor Permission Required.

CRJ 104 Criminal Justice Psychology (3 CR)

This course is an overview of criminal behavior from a psychosocial perspective. Contemporary research, theory and practice concerning the psychology of crime are reviewed.

Prerequisite: ENG 085*

CRJ 108 Criminal Justice Fieldwork-Security (3 CR)

This course is an introduction to security internship at Jackson College. Course includes, but is not limited to, training in AED/CPR, chemical irritants, courtroom demeanor and testimony. Also includes a minimum of 14 hours per week of job training.

Prerequisite: Instructor Permission Required.

CRJ 109 Advanced Security Training (2 CR)

This course provides students with advanced security training as a safety security officer at Jackson College. Instructor permission is required for this course.

Prerequisite: CRJ 108 and Instructor Permission Required 

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 090*

CRJ 111 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 CR)

This course covers the history, evolution and philosophy of the American criminal justice system. Emphasis on the interrelationship of system components: police, attorneys, courts and corrections.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 090*

CRJ 112 Crime & Delinquency (3 CR)

Introduction to deviant behavior and current criminological theories with emphasis on synthesis and police applications to juveniles; diversion and status offenses considered.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 090*

CRJ 113 Introduction to Criminalistics (3 CR)

Scientific methods applied to the collection, identification, preservation and transportation of physical evidence and taught in a laboratory setting.

Prerequisite: ENG 085*

CRJ 114 Police Administration & Operations (3 CR)

Administration and operation of a police department including line/staff activities are explored.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 090*

CRJ 116 Fire Investigation I (3 CR)

Reviews arson and fire laws and their application. Investigative methods unique to the fire scene will also be covered. Particular value to criminal justice students and fire fighting personnel.

Prerequisite: ENG 085*