Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CJA 264
Course Title:
Introduction to Corrections Administration
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Course Description

This course provides an overview of the administration and management of corrections facilities, programs and field services. It provides insight into the role and purpose of effective management strategies for the professional delivery of correctional services. Prerequisites: CJA 100 and CJA 113. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Students attending this course study the proper use of management techniques including the hiring, training and retention of staff. In addition, the role of partnerships, agency and facility operations, budgeting, management styles, supervision and delegation, planning and community involvement will be discussed.

Intended Outcomes for the course

At the completion of the course, students will be able to:
(1) identify the reasons for different types of management styles,
(2) management programs associated with the operations of various types of agencies and institutions, and
(3) their affect upon the community. In addition, students will define and describe
(4) the role and purpose of different delegation and supervision styles utilized within the criminal justice system,
(5) the role of community involvement,
(6) laws, rules and standards associated with public safety management,
(7) dynamic budgeting, evaluation and its affect on various planning alternatives
(8) the use of strategic management within public safety agencies.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to assess student performance and progress, as well as the criteria for final grade. Methods of assessment will include the following: examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, research papers, class participation, and oral presentations.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

This course will address topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • The Purpose of Public Safety Management
  • Goal Setting (Vision/Mission/Objectives)
  • Understanding Agency Culture
  • Dynamic Budgeting, Evaluation, and Planning
  • Laws and Standards Applied To Public Safety Agencies
  • Community Involvement
  • The Proper Role of Politics
  • Nurturing Staff Resources
  • Executive Ownership and Accountability