Career & Technical Education > Criminal Justice

General Information


I. Catalog Course Description

Surveys the probation and parole system of the U.S. through its evolution to the present. Shows different systems within the U.S. and focuses on executive clemency, parole, rights of prisoners, probationers and parolees, and strategies for treatment.


II: Course Objectives

  • Define the classical school of thought about probation and parole
  • Define the positive school of thought about probation and parole
  • Defend the need of probation and parole
  • Analyze the court system: Federal and State
  • Summarize the history of parole and probation
  • Summarize the history of juvenile court
  • Explain the juvenile philosophy of probation
  • Compare the philosophy of the Juvenile Justice system to the positive school of thought
  • Compare juvenile judges to other types of judges
  • Contrast significant terms used in Juvenile Justice to those used within the adult system
  • Assess the need for pre-sentence investigations
  • Determine records necessary for the pre-sentence investigation
  • Determine the granting of probation and parole
  • Analyze violations of probation revocation and parole revocation
  • Discuss legal decisions affecting probation and parole

III: Course Linkage

The General Education Mission is to provide students with a core foundation of critical life skills with which to improve their lives. This course addresses the following Student Learning Objectives of the General Education Mission by ensuring that successful students:

  • Are able to demonstrate college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can engage in meaningful self assessments and work effectively with others.
  • Utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Have knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
  • Develop and improve their creative abilities.
  • Appreciate the value and importance of diversity, ethics, and public service.

Scheduled CRJ-215 classes:

Fall 2019