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Community Based Corrections

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/31/2020

Course Description

This course introduces the student to the new philosophies within corrections to establish successful rehabilitation programs in the community and outside of traditional prison settings. Students will analyze different programs that are being implemented nationally to include electronic monitoring, boot camps, and restorative justice programs.



CJUS 200 and 230


Community Based Corrections enables the student to understand the legitimate, oftentimes superior, alternatives to traditional forms of incarceration. In lieu of the exorbitant financial burden, exceedingly high recidivism rate, and flawed philosophical theories driving various contemporary correctional practices, it is essential that future practitioners and policy makers understand that successful alternatives to incarceration exist. A Criminal Justice major who completes the degree program possessing an understanding of legitimate Community Based Corrections programs will be more professionally effectual and philosophically transformational within the criminal justice profession.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe community corrections concepts.
  2. Understand the policy implications of community corrections practice.
  3. Explain community corrections practice in a national context.
  4. Describe the strengths and weaknesses of community corrections as an alternative to imprisonment.
  5. Critically evaluate community corrections issues.
  6. Compare biblical scriptures and perspectives with real-world situations.

Course Resources

Required Resource

The resource below is provided in the course at no cost to the student. However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the resource, he or she may purchase it through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of physical copies is optional.

Alarid, L. F. (2019). Community-based corrections (12th ed.). Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.


Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. APA Style Guide:

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

There will be 5 opportunities for discussion participation on topics provided in Blackboard. Student participation is expected, and will be graded. The student must use proper etiquette in discussion as both quality and quantity count. Posts cannot be edited or removed, and file attachments are discouraged since they may slow up reading. For the thread, each student will present his or her own informed opinion on the assigned topic forums in at least a 300 word or more original essay (with citations to support their assertions for full credit to be possible). Later in the same module/week, the student will post 150 word or more responses to at least 2 other students’ posts (don’t let the minimums be your maximum: minimal participation means a minimally passing grade).

Case Studies (3)

Case Studies are an opportunity for the student to apply his/her reading and what he/she has learned in the course to real life situations. The student will propose a course of action appropriate to the context of the case/facts. The student must demonstrate critical thinking skills in analyzing, synthesizing, integrating, and drawing conclusions. The student must support his/her evaluation and recommendations with evidence. The student will need a minimum of 3–5 references for each case study. Each case study must be 5–7 pages. The student must integrate a biblical worldview in his/her proposed course of action for each case study. The paper must have a substantive conclusion that summarizes the student’s key points. The paper must also have a cover paper and a reference page in current APA format.

Exams (2)

There are 2 exams in this course. The student must think, reflect upon, and choose the best answer based on the readings. Each exam consists of 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions and has a 2-hour and 30-minute time limit. Exams are open-book/open-notes, but are not to be collaborated on with anyone.

Video Cases (12)

Each week students will watch a brief video and answer a few multiple choice questions related to the video.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (4 at 75 pts ea; 1 at 55 pts ea)


Case Studies (3 at 125 pts ea)

Video Cases (12 at 10 pts. Ea)



Exam 1


Exam 2





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


CJUS 322

Textbook: Alarid, Community Based Corrections (© 2019)

Module/ Week

Reading & Study




Alarid: chs. 1–3

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Chap 1 Video Case

Chap 2 Video Case

Chap 3 Video Case








Alarid: ch. 4

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Chap 4 Video Case




Alarid: ch. 5

1 presentation

Case Study 1

Chap 5 Video Case




Alarid: chs. 6–7

2 presentations

2 articles

DB Forum 3

Chap 6 Video Case

Chap 7 Video Case

Exam 1






Alarid: chs. 8–9

2 presentations

Case Study 2

Chap 8 Video Case

Chap 9 Video Case





Alarid: ch. 10

1 presentation

1 article

DB Forum 4

Chap 10 Video Case




Alarid: ch. 11

1 presentation

Case Study 3
Chap 11 Video Case




Alarid: ch. 14

DB Forum 5

Chap 14 Video Case

Exam 2






DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.