Topic 1: Correctional Goals of Community-Based Sanctions What are the primary goals of community-based sanctions? What criteria are used to determine the effectiveness of these approaches?
Topic 2: The History of Probation What are the strengths and weaknesses of probation today? Consider philosophies currently and formerly used. Justify your reasoning.
Topic 3: Changing Concepts of Supervision How has the concept of supervision changed over the past century? What factors have brought about these changes?
Topic 4: The Classification Process and The Effectiveness of Probation Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the classification process and the impact on community corrections. Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? Explain your reasons.
Topic 5: Recidivism Discuss the effectiveness of probation in terms of recidivism; and in comparison to other criminal justice interventions.
Topic 6: Current Topics Please research some current events related to the course topics covered in Units 1–4 and post at least two of these events to the Discussion Board. Within your posting, describe how your chosen items tie to the course so far. You may use the Kaplan Library or any other outside resource for your research. Be sure to use proper citation. Please remember to review your fellow students’ postings and respond to at least three events posting throughout the week.
Topic 7: Intermediate Sanctions and Traditional Incarceration Choose one of the programs addressed in this unit and explain how it differs from other correctional sanctions and traditional incarceration. What do you see as the advantages and disadvantages of the program? As you discuss the above subjects with your classmates, think about what you have learned from the various activities in this unit. Respond by clicking the Discussion link, to the left. Take time to read and comment on the responses of others.
Topic 8: Parole and Reintegration What problems do parolees have when they are released from prison? What ideas do you have that might assist parolees in their reintegration to society?
Topic 9: Types of Juvenile Probation and Parole Identify and discuss the different types of juvenile probation and parole.
Topic 10: Conviction and The Loss of Civil and Political Rights Identify and discuss the loss of civil and political rights after conviction
Topic 11: Reflect and Discuss Now that you have completed this course, reflect on the outcomes as well as your personal goals for the course. This is not intended to be a mere recap of the course. The emphasis here is what you have personally learned and how it will affect your professional goals. Discussing what you have learned during the term will not only help you better process the information, but will help you enhance each other’s learning experience. Please reflect on the previous units and post a response that addresses the following questions: What prior knowledge did you bring to this course? What were the most important new ideas you encountered and how did they change your understanding of this class? Do feel you have met the outcomes in your work on this course? Is there any outcome with which you feel you still need support or assistance? What have you learned from your discussions and collaborations with your fellow students? In what specific ways can you use the knowledge you have gained in this course in your chosen profession? What are your strengths and opportunities for growth in this area? What questions or concerns do you have about what you have studied? What areas of the subject would you like to continue to explore, and why?
You can click on each unit and find the discussion question and the reading material to each question. All Topics must be answered in 200 – 250 words. Please add reference behind each question and number each topic.