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JADM 435 DeVry Week 1 Discussion 1
Current Problem - Overcrowding (graded)
As the sheriff of a large county (population over 2 million), you are responsible for a large jail complex consisting of numerous buildings of varying ages. Th
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As the sheriff of a large county (population over 2 million), you are responsible for a large jail complex consisting of numerous buildings of varying ages. The original jail building, which is nearly 100 years old and houses 600 prisoners, has crumbling infrastructure and is no longer habitable. Those prisoners must be assimilated into the rest of the complex, causing severe overcrowding. Building a new jail is not an option. What solutions would you explore immediately? With your capacity permanently reduced, what options would you consider for the future? Explain.
JADM 435 DeVry Week 1 Discussion 2
Privatization has been touted as a practical solution to the problems of overcrowding and rising costs facing jail systems. What issues would you address with the potential bidders for the contract to privatize your jail system? Be sure to address what reassurances or proven track record you would need for the following: responsibility and liability, training, the use of force, and union issues involving current employees and job loss. What would you consider the most important factor in making your decision to privatize or not privatize? Explain.
JADM 435 DeVry Week 2 Discussion 1
Secure Environment through Behavior Management
Jail security is a significant concern for administrators regardless the size of the facility. How important are efforts at assessing the needs of the inmates and what part does this process play in the development of an overall security plan for a jail? And based on information from your readings, an Internet search of related publications, or your personal work experience, what methods seem best suited for efforts by jail staff to define and convey expectations for inmate behavior? In your opinion, what measures should jail staff use to hold inmates accountable when violating jailhouse rules?
JADM 435 DeVry Week 2 Discussion 2
Let’s talk security threat group programs. Using the Internet, locate and briefly summarize a credible publication on the topic of state or federal prison security threat group (STG) programs. In your initial post, describe the program, where it is used, and the criteria used to identify inmates who pose a significant security threat. Although STG programs such as the one used in the Arizona prison system are not uncommon, do you think every jail or correctional facility should operate this type of program? And given the opportunity, what additional criteria would you use when assessing an inmate’s potential threat to the security of a prison?
JADM 435 DeVry Week 3 Discussion 1
Risk and Needs Assessment (graded)
Drawing on your readings from the text and Week 2, describe the risk and needs assessment process at booking or intake screening. What criteria is used and why is the process conducted? Why are the assessment process responsibilities usually divided among different jail staff members? Why do you think the original assessment of an inmate should be reassessed in timely increments? Explain.
JADM 435 DeVry Week 3 Discussion 2
Proper Release Procedures (graded)
As the supervisor of your local jail, what protocol would you insist be followed before your staff let a prisoner bond out or otherwise be released in order to ensure that prisoners are not mistakenly released? Explain. This section lists options that can be used to view responses.
JADM 435 DeVry Week 4 Discussion 1
Women Offenders as a Special Category (graded)
Review the issues and problems of women offenders in jail as related by the author of your text. Then familiarize yourself with the Cook County Sheriff's Department of Women’s Justice Services (DWJS) by visiting their webpage. Discuss the main tenets of this program and how they relate to the issues presented in your text. What do you think is the most positive aspect of programs specifically designed for women inmates? Why?
JADM 435 DeVry Week 4 Discussion 2
Programs and Services (graded)
Based on a brief review of published articles on the National Institute of Corrections webpage, what programs and services are available for inmates at all levels of corrections? Do you think these programs adequately address the needs of inmates? What programs would you consider adding or removing? And what types of problems will likely develop if new programs are added and current programs are removed?
JADM 435 DeVry Week 5 Discussion 1
Recruiting and Retaining Personnel (graded)
Why do practitioners and scholars alike contend that recruitment methods, enticements, and endorsements as well as job performance expectations must take into account the employee’s generation? If you applied for a position with your local jail, what factors would play the most important role in your decision to accept an offer of employment? What factors would most likely support your decision to continue your employment with this agency and which factors would likely promote attempts to secure employment with another agency?
JADM 435 DeVry Week 5 Discussion 2
Roll Call Training (graded)
You are the night supervisor at your local jail. Identify a problem shared by several of the newly hired detention officers on your shift and discuss how you would address this problem at your next nightly roll call training. Given budget limitations, what innovative means would you employ to provide the training necessary to deal with the problem(s) you have identified?
JADM 435 DeVry Week 6 Discussion 1
Familiarize yourself with the issues addressed by the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) by conducting a brief review of information available from credible Internet publications. Discuss reasons why some feel the PLRA should be reformed and summarize the elements of the arguments in support of this movement. Also indicate in your response whether you agree or disagree with the reasons given and explain why you feel reform is or is not needed.
JADM 435 DeVry Week 6 Discussion 2
Jail Standards (graded)
Familiarize yourself with the standards in place for jail facilities as well as the American Correctional Association (ACA) standards and accreditation process through a brief review of the published literature available from the Internet. Then comment on why you think your state’s correctional facilities would or would not seek accreditation under ACA.
JADM 435 DeVry Week 7 Discussion 1
Electronic Monitoring (graded)
Given the potential benefit to both the offender and the community of successfully monitoring offenders through electronic means, discuss the positive and negative aspects of this form of minimally evasive surveillance. In your opinion, is it likely this form of monitoring will result in compliance by the offender? What are some of the ways in which persons being electronically monitored render the device or the process useless?
JADM 435 DeVry Week 7 Discussion 2
Local Community Corrections Programs (graded)
Describe the community corrections programs operating in your area. Do you think these programs are adequate as alternatives to incarceration? Do you see a need for additional programs? Also discuss the criteria needed and assess the effectiveness of community corrections programs. This section lists options that can be used to view responses.
JADM 435 DeVry Final Paper All Weeks
Final Paper: Issues and Topics on the U.S. Correctional System
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The final paper is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to research a topic of interest related to some aspect of the American correctional system. This final paper is an effort to allow students to more fully explore issues related to either correctional officials or prison inmates.
The final paper is worth 320 total points and will be graded on APA formatting, quality of research topic, quality of paper information, proper use of text citations, proper grammar, punctuation, usage, and sentence structure, and the deliverable components for Weeks 1, 2, 5, and 6.
There are four components to the final paper.
Title page, topic discussion, and list of 3 references
Final paper all content due
APA guidelines must be followed for all course component deliverables.
At least 6 authoritative, outside references are required for the annotated bibliography and the final paper.
All DeVry University policies are in effect including the plagiarism policy.
The final paper due Week 6 must be 8 to 10 pages of text in length, Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, include a cover page, introduction or abstract, body of the report, summary or conclusion and works cited page.
The final paper is due at the end of Week 6 of this course.
Any questions about this paper may be discussed in the weekly Q&A Discussion topic or instructor email.
Week 1: Title page, description of final paper topic, and references to three outside sources —80 points. This deliverable should include a properly formatted title and reference page and one page of text describing the topic selected, your reasons for selecting this topic and what you expect to learn from having explored this topic area.
Week 2: Annotated outline for the final paper — 80 points. Submit a polished outline for your final paper. Include in your outline a brief summary, two to three sentences, of key points for each topic area.
Week 5: Annotated bibliography for the final paper — 80 points. Your bibliography should include references to at least 6 outside sources. Also required is a one-paragraph summary of the publication and your reasoning as to why this source is important to the topic you are investigating.
Week 6: Final paper — 80 points. Submit an 8 to 10 page paper that includes a separate title and reference page. This paper should be well organized and follow the outline submitted for Week 2. It should also include the list of references, but not the annotations, submitted during Week 5. The final paper should adhere to all APA guidelines.
Week 1: Title page, topic description, and references to 3 outside sources
Properly formatted title page
One page topic description
References to 3 outside sources
Week 2: Annotated Outline
A properly formatted outline
A comprehensive outline that addresses key points
A brief summary of key points for all main topics addressed in the outline
Week 5: Annotated Bibliography
A properly formatted bibliography
A one-page summary of the publication
Substantive reasons for selecting the article
Week 6: Final Paper
Title and/or Reference Page
Introduction or Abstract
Text or body of the paper
Additional hints on preparing the best possible paper
Apply a three-step process of writing… Plan, Write, and Complete.
Prepare an outline of your research paper before you go forward.
Complete a first draft and then go back to edit, evaluate, and make any changes required.
Use visual communication to further clarify and support the written part of your report. You could use example graphs, diagrams, photographs, flowcharts, maps, drawings, animation, video clips, pictograms, tables, and Gantt charts.
Identify final paper topic.
Locate three sources of interest.
Develop a complete outline to include topics and subtopics.
Complete your literature search.
Develop a complete draft of your paper by Week 5.
Submit your final paper on or before the due date.
Title page, topic page, 3 sources
Completed course project
A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.
Begin the topic selection process and your literature search on day 1.
Contact your instructor if you have any questions as to the appropriateness of your topic.
Follow APA guidelines closely.
If you are not familiar with APA guidelines, several publications are available for purchase and information is also available online.
Turn in your written assignments before the deadline.
JADM 435 DeVry Midterm Exam
Question 1. 1.(TCO 1) Jails in the U.S. are used to house: (Points : 5)
juveniles who have committed a status offense.
only violent adult offenders.
individuals with mental health disorders.
both adult and, at times, juvenile offenders.
Question 2. 2.(TCO 2) There are basic rules for correctional officers when conducting headcounts. These include all but one of the following: (Points: 5)
Controlling the count
Physically observing flesh and breathing
Ignoring behavioral changes in inmates
Starting the count over if interrupted
Question 3. 3.(TCO 3) Measures to combat security threat groups include various practices. Which of the following is not one of those practices? (Points: 5)
Photographing all tattoos and markings
A minimum tolerance policy
Having an STG unit
Segregating known STG leaders
Question 4. 4.(TCO 4 & 5) The American Medical Association recommends medical attention for offenders with all but which of the following conditions? (Points: 5)
The offender is unconscious.
Inmates who claim to be on medication but that do not possess the medication.
Inmates who refuse their medication.
Pregnant women with serious physical problems.
Question 5. 5.(TCO 4 & 5) Inmates who should be segregated include all but which of the following types? (Points: 5)
Juveniles, if not certified as adult
Inmates in protective custody
Inmates who have behavioral problems
Prisoners who committed a white-collar offense
Question 6. 6.(TCO 5 & 6) According to Lt. Lance Bohn, prison programs and activities: (Points : 5)
pacify inmates and provide incentive for following the rules.
foster a competitive spirit between rival prison gangs.
serve a viable intervention function, preparing inmates for reentry.
do little to reduce prisoner misconduct
Question 7. 7.(TCO 5 & 6) Findings from a study conducted by the BJS and published in 2006 reveal all but which of the following concerning jail inmates? (Points: 5)
64 percent of inmates have some form of mental illness.
12.5 percent of inmates with mental health disorders were held for assault.
Far less than 45 percent of inmates with mental health disorders were male.
32 percent of jail inmates with mental health issues were violent offenders.
Question 8. 8.(TCO 5 & 6) All but one of the following will characterize the jail of the future; which trait will not describe future correctional facilities? (Points: 5)
Crowding and efforts to find alternatives to incarceration
A general disregard for inmate rights
Advances in security equipment
Advances in staff training and education
Question 9. 9.(TCO 2) Recommended guidelines for jail key control include all but which of the following steps? (Points: 5)
Keys should be cross-indexed.
Keys must be checked out and returned to a secure area.
Keys should never come into contact with inmates.
Each correctional officer should be issued a grand master key.
Question 10. 10.(TCO 4) Subjective jail classification is: (Points : 5)
the only accurate means of predicting a security threat.
a gut feeling based on personal work experience.
a reliable scientific approach to inmate threat classification.
Question 11. 11.(TCO 1) Some say the American correctional system is overwhelmed with problems it just cannot solve. Discuss in detail at least three problems commonly thought to impede the overall effectiveness of the correctional system. In your response, present a best practices solution to one of these problems.(Points : 25)
Question 12. 12.(TCO 6) Briefly discuss the problems associated with the incarceration of prisoners with mental health or co-occurring disorders. Identify contemporary efforts used by one or more correctional facilities in an effort to better serve and control inmates with mental health issues. (Points: 25)
JADM 435 DeVry Final Exam
Question 1.1.(TCO 7) The function of the jail command staff includes all but which of the following job tasks? (Points: 5)
Reads daily shift reports
Conducts jail inspections
Responds to inmate grievances
Conducts inmate rehabilitation programs
Question 2.2.(TCO 7) Auxiliary staff has limited privileges. Which of the following is not a privilege extended to an auxiliary staff member? (Points : 5)
Being allowed in some areas of the jail
Are allowed to carry weapons
Assist in many of the duties assigned regular correctional staff
Question 3.3.(TCO 7) According to the ACA and the GMU, all but one of the following is considered a top 10 stressor. (Points: 5)
Lack of support from supervisors
Question 4.4.(TCO 8) 42 U.S.C. 1983 litigation targets specific areas of prison operations. Which of the following is not one of those areas? (Points: 5)
Question 5.5.(TCO 8) Inmates’ rights are derived from all but which of the following amendments? (Points: 5)
Question 6.6.(TCO 8) Inmates’ expectation of privacy is a key issue. In general terms, the Fourth Amendment does not cover inmates as it does persons who are not incarcerated. Which of the following does not explain why the court has taken this approach? (Points : 5)
Inmates have no reasonable expectation of privacy in their cells
If full privacy were granted inmates, prison security would suffer
Random searches by correctional officers serve little purpose
Correctional officers must be free to seize weapons and contraband
Question 7.7.(TCO 8) Mryl Alexander, in his role as president for the ACA, stated all but one of the following rights in his presidential address. Which of the following rights was not part of Mryl Alexander’s inmate Bill of Rights? (Points : 5)
The right to clean, decent surroundings
Inmates should have the right to reinforce and strengthen ties with their families
The right to gainful employment once released from prison
The right to positive guidance and counsel
Question 8.8.(TCO 8) The National Commission of Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) was incorporated in 1983. Which of the following statements does not describe the NCCHC? (Points : 5)
Essential standards for inmate healthcare must be met
The NCCHC does not accredit small jails
The NCCHC has a total of 72 standards
The NCCHC has thirteen standards that apply to health services information
Question 9.9.(TCO 9) Community corrections efforts are not new. Minnesota enacted its Community Corrections Act in what year? (Points: 5)
Minnesota does not have a Community Corrections Act
Question 10.10.(TCO 9) Offenders involved in a community-based program are required to abide all but which one of the following restrictions? (Points: 5)
Drug and/or alcohol testing
Unannounced visits from correctional staff
Completing their education
Question 11.11.(TCO 9) Home detention programs offer inmates all but one of the following. Which practice is not considered as a positive alternative to incarceration by eligible offenders? (Points: 5)
Offender is not isolated from the community
Offender is not spending time with other inmates
Inmate does not occupy a cell in a crowded facility
Inmate continues to be monitored
Question 12.12.(TCO 9) Advances in security technology not considered hardware equipment include all but which of the following devices? (Points: 5)
Layered voice analysis
Automated light survey
Question 1.1.(TCO 1) Present a thorough but succinct summary of the complete history of jails and correctional facilities. Discuss at length the reasoning for the various methods used to imprison offenders as well as the types of prison programs and protocols thought to rehabilitate inmates.(Points : 35)
Question 2.2.(TCO 2) In your opinion, what are the three most critical incidents jail staff is likely to face in their efforts to control the prison environment? With each of these incidents in mind, briefly summarize the components identified by the author as behaviors and protocols that should comprise a comprehensive jail emergency plan. From this list, develop a best practices model for three critical incidents you have identified. Evaluate the proposed components provided by the author in your attempt to develop your best practices protocol for the incidents you have identified. (Points: 35)
Question 3.3.(TCO 3) Prisons have long been plagued with gangs as a security threat group. Provide a complete and insightful summary of the current gang problem in the U.S. correctional system. Make sure to distinguish between the problems faced by correctional officers when dealing with the various racial and ethnic oriented prison gangs. In your response, reference key identifiers that assist prison staff in identifying gang members and monitoring threat risks. (Points: 35)
Question 4.4.(TCO 4) Processing adult and juvenile offenders presents several distinct problems. Identify at least three of these problems and briefly describe each one. Then, based on material from the text and other sources as available, provide a complete list of guidelines by which correctional officers can prepare to handle problems commonly associated with the booking process. Analyze the existing criteria for problem resolution and in an attempt to ensure the safety of the officer and the inmate, present your ideas as to how problems during booking can be avoided. (Points: 35)
Question 5.5.(TCO 5) Based on knowledge gained from this course, any additional academic research you have conducted, and any related work experience you may have, identify and briefly describe at least three types of psychological or therapeutic programs available prison inmates. Then, develop a comprehensive summary analysis of prison programs designed to assist inmates with mental health issues. (Points: 35)
Question 6.6.(TCO 6) Inmates presenting with a mental health disorder or co-occurring disorders are a serious problem for correctional officials. Discuss the issue, arguing both for and against the notion, that regardless of the mental health issues present, the offense committed by the inmate should take precedence and treatment should not come at the cost of punishment.(Points : 35)dards for inmate healthcare must be met
Question 5.5.(TCO 5) Based on knowledge gai