Corrections – Skill Set

Corrections officers are charged with safekeeping any person who has been arrested, is awaiting trial or is in a correctional institution. Officers maintain order within the institution and enforce rules and regulations. This skill set meets the minimum education requirement for the State of Michigan to be employed as a corrections officer. Other options for employment would include private security, juvenile facilities or corrections officer in a jail setting.

Program Requirements

Minimum credits 15
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 15


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CRJ 119 Client Growth & Development 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

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.

CRJ 120 Human Relations for Corrections 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

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.

CRJ 121 Introduction to Corrections 3 ENG 085*, ENG 090*, and MAT 020*

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

CRJ 124 Institution Populations 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

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

CRJ 127 Corrections Law 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

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.