CJK0300V

Introduction to Corrections

Course Code: CJK0300V

Credit Hours: 32 clock hours

Effective beginning: Fall 2020

 

Course Description:
This is a basic course in which the overview of the correctional officer training program, basic criminal justice values and ethics, ways to demonstrate professionalism when interacting with others, the command structure, state and federal laws, and agency policy and procedures are studied. Objectives are addressed as specified by the criminal justice standards and training commission.

Course Details

Instructors:

TBD

 

Required textbooks/ course materials:

See instructor’s First Day Handout

 

Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.

 

Discipline-level learning outcomes:

COR Outcome 1: Students demonstrate mastery of Correctional Officer knowledge and skills.

COR Outcome 2: Demonstrate safety skills appropriate for employees in a Correctional Officer work setting.

COR Outcome 3: Apply critical thinking and problem solving proficiency as appropriate for employees in a Correctional Officer work setting.

COR Outcome 4: Exhibit interpersonal and ethical skills as appropriate for employees in a Correctional Officer work setting.

COR Outcome 5: Exhibit leadership, organizational, and professional skills appropriate for employees in a Correctional Officer workplace.

 

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Define correctional officer in accordance with F.S. § 943.10.
  • State that correctional officers must be able to work alone with little or no supervision.
  • Explain that correctional officers perform tasks without letting distractions interfere.
  • Explain that correctional officers must independently make decisions and stand by decisions made.
  • Explain that correctional officers are willing to learn new techniques and procedures.
  • State that correctional officers must be able to adapt to change without incurring undue stress.
  • State that correctional officers must always be attentive to their environment.
  • Explain that correctional officers are responsible for actions taken and consequences of inaction.
  • Identify the role of the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission established by the Florida Statutes.
  • Describe the requirements to become a correctional officer.
  • Identify the reasons the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission may take action against an officer’s certification.
  • Identify the penalties that may be imposed in the officer discipline process.
  • Define values.
  • State that correctional officers are honest on and off duty.
  • Define ethics.
  • Explain that correctional officers behave ethically on and off duty and avoid conflicts of interest.
  • Explain that correctional officers must be mindful in dealing with people who may be different than themselves.
  • Define professionalism.
  • Explain that correctional officers are service oriented and must respond to needs in a timely and efficient manner.
  • State that correctional officers must be conscientious.
  • Explain that correctional officers are dependable and fulfill obligations.
  • Explain that correctional officers consistently perform the best job possible.
  • State that correctional officers remain level headed and react appropriately in stressful situations.
  • Explain that correctional officers must avoid stereotypes.
  • State that correctional officers respect self and others, treating people fairly and with dignity.
  • State that correctional officers have the self-control to resist abuse of authority.
  • Define chain of command.
  • Explain why chain of command within a criminal justice agency should be followed.
  • Explain how chain of command facilitates communication within the organization.
  • Describe the role of the correctional officer.
  • List the major components of the Criminal Justice System.
  • Explain the function of the corrections system.
  • Describe the components of the corrections system.
  • Identify the key aspects of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Describe the components of the amendments to the U.S. Constitution that relate to corrections.
  • Define search.
  • Define seizure.
  • Identify the legal authority to search and seizure law as it applies to visitor searches in a correctional setting.
  • Explain Miranda rights application in a correctional setting.
  • Explain the retention and limitation of inmate rights.
  • Identify the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Define Baker Act as used in a correctional setting.
  • Identify the correctional officers’ role in the provisions of the Baker Act.
  • Define the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).
  • Explain inmates’ rights to privileged communication.
  • Define routine mail as used in a correctional setting.
  • Define legal mail as used in a correctional setting.
  • Define privileged mail as used in a correctional setting.
  • Define contraband as used in a correctional setting.
  • Identify common contraband articles found in correctional facilities.
  • Explain the Florida Model Jail Standards in relation to contraband in county correctional facilities.
  • Define introduction of contraband.
  • Explain the legal disposition of confiscated contraband.
  • Define criminal act.
  • Identify common crimes committed in a correctional setting.
  • Identify elements of crimes.
  • Define instrumentalities of a crime.
  • Define fruits of a crime.
  • Define evidence.
  • Describe major types of evidence found in a correctional setting.
  • Define chain of custody.
  • Identify components of the chain of custody in a correctional setting.
  • Explain that correctional officers can use force.
  • Define reasonable force in relation to a correctional setting.
  • Explain that officers are immune from prosecution if use of force is justifiable.
  • Identify the factors used in the objective reasonableness standard for use of force.
  • Identify the questions an officer will have to answer in any use of force situation.
  • Describe the officer’s duty in the protection of self and others.
  • Identify F.S. 776.07 as the authorization for the use of force to prevent escape.
  • Identify the penalties and liabilities for excessive use of force.
  • Identify the penalties and liabilities for failure to report use of force.
  • Define criminal liability in relation to a correctional setting.
  • Define civil liability in relation to a correctional setting.
  • Define tort in relation to a correctional setting.
  • Define negligence in relation to a correctional setting.
  • Identify the elements of negligence.
  • Identify the two main categories of damages.
  • Define civil rights violations.
  • Explain “under color of law” in relation to federal civil rights statutes.
  • Explain civil liability under state and federal laws.
  • Identify the impact on an officer who is found civilly or criminally liable.
  • Explain that agencies may be liable for the acts of a correctional officer.
  • Identify the legal protections available if an officer is faced with potential civil or criminal liability.
  • Define acting within the scope of employment.
  • Identify the effect of the Sovereign Immunity Law, Section 768.28, Florida Statutes, in state civil actions.
  • Explain the concept of qualified immunity.

COR Outcome 1: Students demonstrate mastery of Correctional Officer knowledge and skills.

COR Outcome 2: Demonstrate safety skills appropriate for employees in a Correctional Officer work setting.

COR Outcome 3: Apply critical thinking and problem solving proficiency as appropriate for employees in a Correctional Officer work setting.

COR Outcome 4: Exhibit interpersonal and ethical skills as appropriate for employees in a Correctional Officer work setting.

COR Outcome 5: Exhibit leadership, organizational, and professional skills appropriate for employees in a Correctional Officer workplace.

Tests, Skills Performance, Skills Demonstration, Behavioral Observation, Skills Check-Off

 

 

The course is competency-based using handouts, videotapes, textbooks, computer assisted instruction and instructor demonstrations.

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