Public Correctional Policy on:
Capital PunishmentClassificationCommunity CorrectionsConditions of Confinement Correctional Industry
Female Offender ServicesHigher EducationManagement of Legal Issues and LitigationUse of Force
Policy on ProbationPrivate Sector Involvement in CorrectionsPurpose of CorrectionSentencing Policy
Religious Faith and PracticePolicy on ProbationCorrectional Staff Recruitment and Development
Correctional Standards and AccreditationAppropriate Sanctions and Controls

Higher Education

The purposes of higher education include instruction, public service, and research. Corrections can and does benefit from academic endeavors in each of these areas.

Policy Statement:

The field of corrections in cooperation with higher education should contribute to the improvement of the professional practice of corrections. Academic programs concerned with criminal justice and corrections should:
A. Provide a pool of qualified candidates for correctional service, and assist in the delineation of dimensions of work responsibilities that may emerge as a result of changing social, economic, political, and technological trends;

B. Promote understanding, both for correctional practitioners and for the public at large, of the complex social, ethical, political and economic factors that influence all areas of corrections;

C. Challenge assumptions about crime and correction, and stimulate change when change is needed;

D. Promote and support high standards in research, planning, and evaluation in all areas of corrections;

E. Engage in public service related to corrections, including informational programs, training such as internships and practicums to enhance the relationship between the academic community and correctional practitioners;

F. Support, through program and faculty development, the evolution of corrections as a distinct professional discipline; and

G. Implement programs in corrections at the associate degree level that can serve as a minimum requirement for full Professional status as a correctional officer, and as a minimum requirement in certification.

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