CJS 110 Correctional Community Syllabus

Lackawanna College

Intersession - Online Standardized Syllabus

CJS110 Correctional Community

3 Credits



Dr. George Ackerman









Office Hours

TUESDAY TO THURSDAY 11am to 3 pm Eastern






Community-Based Corrections Edition: 10th
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Author: Alarid
ISBN: 9781285458397
Copyright Year: 2015
Publisher: Cengage Learning



Police Operations This course examines the problems of police organization and management, the allocation of police resources, information systems, community relations concerns and determinants of police policy will be presented with major emphasis on the initial major component of the criminal justice system The Police. The history of policing will be explored as it evolved from the fifth century B.C. and the Roman Empire to today’s technologically advanced Department of Homeland Security. An examination of the problems of police organization and management, the allocation of police resources, information systems, community relations concerns and determinants of police policy will be presented. The course also provides the student with a basic understanding of modern policing and will identify the organization, function, operational strategies and culture of the police as well as more current critical issues such as ethics, computers technology, less than lethal weapons, terrorism, D.N.A. Profiling and modern forensics, uniform patrol functions, criminal investigations and forensics are discussed and analyzed. This course also explores the ethical, emotional and physical aspects of a career in law enforcement.



As a result of participation in this course, the student will be able to:

Discuss the ethical, emotional and physical aspects of a career in law enforcement

Define modern policing

Identify what constitutes a police policy

Describe the function of uniform patrols, criminal investigations

Identify problems and issues with police organizations including but not limited to initial

organization, management, resources, and community relation



Final Exam…………………………….25 %

Mid Term Exam…………………… 25 %

Term Paper……………...              25 %

Class Participation/Discussion (weekly) .25 %         

                                                         100 %



Throughout the course, each student should keep a record of his/her grades so you should have a very good idea of how you are doing.  I DO NOT change any grades; you get exactly what you earn. There will be no “extra credit.” The only way I will change a grade is if I have made a mathematical error in computing your grade. 


Online Course Attendance Policy

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.


Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes making posts and replies in a course-related graded discussion forum or submitting a course-related written assignment. Activities (Syllabus quiz, Course Navigation Quiz, Academic Honesty Pledge, Autobiography) not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.


Students that fail to participate in an academic activity as described above in the online classroom prior to the last day to drop/add, will automatically be dropped from the course.


  • You are required to engage in discussion by making an initial post to your instructor’s prompt by the assigned day of the week, and then submitting the required number of replies by the end of the week.
  • Students who do not participate in any course-related discussions AND who do not submit any course-related assignments for ONE week will be DROPPED from the course. It is the responsibility of the student to formally withdraw from the course at the Registrar’s office.



Online Course Discussion Policy

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

Good Discussions in Course Resources will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

Ask yourself the following questions to help guide you in having a great discussion:

  • Did I answer the discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material that promoted conversation?
  • Did I support my answers to the discussion questions with research and reading?
  • Did I make the required number of replies to my classmates?
  • Did I continue the conversation with peers that replied to my discussion?
  • Did I answer any additional questions the instructor may have asked?
  • Are all of my responses detailed and clear?
  • Did I make my initial post and replies by the assigned due dates?
  • Did I relate my responses to the course reading, notes, and/or personal life?
  • Did I provide the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learned from what I have contributed and can continue the conversation
  • Did I use proper grammar, spelling and netiquette?


Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will negatively affect your weekly score.


Withdrawal Policy

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.


Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.


Instructor Policies

  • All emails and responses posted in the General Questions section of the forum will be answered within one day.
  • All assignments will be graded within 1 week of the assignment due date
  • Class attendance and participation is strongly encouraged.  Post 2 times per week in depth, APA format. Your participation will be graded as per responses. Remember to follow the rules of netiquette.



Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points


96 – 100



90 – 95



87 – 89



83 – 86



80 – 82



77 – 79



73 – 76



70 – 72



67 – 69



60 – 66



0 – 59



Due Dates and Late Penalties

OA – Jan 22 to Mar 17 CJS 110 OA

CLASS RUNS Monday to Sunday (deadline each week Sunday night, 11:59 pm time)

WEEK 1                 1/22-1/27

WEEK 2                 1/28-2/3

WEEK 3                 2/4-2/10

WEEK 4                 2/11-2/17             MID TERM DUE 2/17

WEEK 5                 2/18-2/24

WEEK 6                 2/25-3/3               TERM PAPER DUE 3/3

WEEK 7                 3/4-3/10

WEEK 8                 3/11-3/17 FINAL EXAM DUE 3/17

Class ends 3/17, Final grades posted by 3/19, I am unable to respond or accept late work after 3/17. No exceptions

Reminder: Once the term ends, I do not check back to the course and cannot accept anything under any circumstances once the final date passes of this course as stated on the syllabus. No exceptions.


 *For Exams ONLY Papers received after the due date will receive point deductions as follows:

  • One day late – 25% deduction
  • Two days late – 50 % deduction
  • Three days late – 75% deduction
  • 4 or more days late – NO CREDIT GIVEN
  • There will be no “extra credit.”
  • Final week, no late work can be accepted


Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.


The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course


(Please see student handbook for more information)


Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.

Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 


In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 


Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589, piggam@lackawanna.edu.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Georgia Egan, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, EganG@lackawanna.edu or Gopu Kiron, Affirmative Action Officer/eLearning Director, Angeli Hall, Ground Floor, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 504-7929, kirong@lackawanna.edu.

Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at www2.ed.gov/ocr, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.   

Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.


Course Schedule




Course Objectives


Assignments/ Exams



Class Expectations

Syllabus Review







An Overview of Community-Based Corrections: Goals and Evidence-Based Practices


Discussion Board (2 responses)




How Probation Developed: Chronicling Its Past and Present


Discussion Board (2 responses)

WEEK  3              




History of Parole and Mandatory Release


Discussion Board (2 responses)

WEEK  4              


PreTrial Supervision, Sentencing, and the Presentence Investigation Report


Discussion Board (2 responses)


Mid Term Exam



Classification and Supervision


Discussion Board (2 responses)




Community Supervision of Offenders with Special Needs


Discussion Board (2 responses)


Term Paper/Case Brief

WEEK 7               


Community Supervision Modification and Revocation



Discussion Board (2 responses)


Week 8

Week 8 DB &

Take the Final Exam  Chapters 5-8



Discussion Board (2 responses)















































                The exam will consist of essay form questions. This will cover chapters 1 to 4.

Answers will be required to be in APA format and in depth. This will be an open book exam and you will have a week to complete. Please work alone. Please do not email me exams. They will not count unless through the drop box. Plan ahead and try tech support if needed. Once the deadline passes, I will be unable to respond to late exams.


                The exam will consist of essay form questions. This will cover chapters 5 to 8.

Answers will be required to be in APA format and in depth. This will be an open book exam and you will have a week to complete. Please work alone. Please do not email me exams. They will not count unless through the drop box. Plan ahead and try tech support if needed. Once the deadline passes, I will be unable to respond to late exams.