Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CJA 115
Course Title:
Introduction to Jail Operations
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Course Description

Introduces jail operations including security, intake, classification and other daily procedures concerning inmates. Problems and issues facing contemporary jails will be explored and possible solutions studied. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

• Properly book and classify inmates entering the jail

• Conduct headcounts, searches and inspections

• Recognize and evaluate potential issues in the jail environment

Course Activities and Design

The materials in this court will be presented in lecture, writing and discussion format. The instructor will use power point presentations, in and out-of-class writing assignments and role-playing scenarios. The instructor may use videos, legal updates, or guest speakers.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment may include in-class and out-of-class writing assignments, along with student participation in, and contribution to, all class and group discussions, quizzes and tests.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

This course will address topics including, but not limited to:

• Development and history of jails

• Jail Security

• Booking and initial intake

• Classification and inmate housing

• Correctional programs and services

• Special needs population

• Staffing and training

• Correctional state and national standards