Correctional Systems and Practices

Course Details

Course Number: CRJU 2243  Section Number: 101

Fall 2010

Location: Martin Hall

Classroom Number: 108

Days & Times:

Monday, Wednesday

11:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Course Attachments


American Corrections
Ninth Edition; Wadsworth Publishing
  ISBN: 978-0-495-80748-3

MSU Faculty Member
Ted Paddack LPC, LCSW, DAPA   
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Course Objectives

Upon completion of this semester, each student will be able to:

1.  Describe the evolution of corrections;

2.  Relate the legal, philosophical, political and practical aspects of sentencing alternatives;

3.  Discuss the needs of reforms in the corrections field;

4.  Understand the issues related to offenders moving through the correctional process.

Course Expectations


CRJU 2243-101



Includes attendance, preparation for class discussion, no disruptive influence in class, and appropriate involvement in class discussion. Two (2) unexcused absences allowed during the semester; minus three (-3) points of final semester grade for each additional unexcused absences. It is the responsibility of the student to insure that requests for excused absences are presented in writing to the instructor.


1-2 pages typed or computer generated: 1) Name of Agency; 2) Date(s) of your observation; 3) Statement of what occurred during your observation; 4) Critique the positive and negative perceptions you had during the observation period.

15% AVERAGE OF CHAPTER QUIZZES (Drop two lowest grades)

20% MID-TERM EXAM [10/27/10]

20% FINAL EXAM [12/6/10; 10:30 A.M.]

20% RESEARCH PAPER [Due 11/29/10]

Cover page, six (6) to ten (10) page narrative text of research paper, double-spaced. Must be on instructor approved topic. Paper must address issues directly related to the field of corrections. In addition to the professional publications, the paper may utilize material from class notes, textbook, and correctional agency observation. Research paper must include no less than eight (8) reference sources, of which four (4) must be since January, 2006. No more than two (2) original internet sources may be used. Any publications found on the web should cite the original published source (newspaper, magazine, professional journal, etc.). Paper must be well documented (citations of original source in narrative), with cover page and bibliography /references/works cited. All notes and research materials used to construct the paper should be attached to the final work product as Appendix I.

Research paper must be typed or computer generated (no handwritten will be accepted). Student should use APA style [consult bookstore for College Style Sheet (Furberg & Hopkins), or The Little, Brown Handbook (Fowler & Aaron), or the library circulation desk].

By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for this course. This “limited right” includes the right to reproduce the student’s work product to verify the originality and authenticity of the work. Any evidence of plagiarism may result in failure of this course.

Should you have a documented disability, or are requesting specific needs to be address in the course, contact Ted Paddack, Martin Hall #112, 397-4090, at the beginning of the semester. Should the student require the use of electronic devices during the class period, prior consent of the instructor is required.

No request for extra credit work will be honored, except in extreme circumstances where a student has had unforeseeable and unpreventable circumstances within the semester.

No use of electronic devices is allowed in the classroom during the class period, including (but not limited to) cell phones, Ipods, text-messaging, electronic games, etc.

“As an MSU student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal or help anyone else to do so” MSU Student Honor Code

Final Exam12/6/2010  10:30 a.m.

Submission Format Policy

See "Grading Scale and Course Information"

Above "Course Requirements"   section

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Any coursework assignment not submitted on date/time required receives 50% credit for 1st day late, and 10% less for  each subsequent day (for 4 calendar days).

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

See above "Course Requirements"  section.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.