These lively and stimulating ideas for use in and out of class reinforce active learning. The activities apply to individual or group projects.
There are many programs designed for correctional populations. In this activity, students will assess the evaluation data available on a chosen correctional program. Students may select from a program highlighted in the text, one offered by a jail or prison in your jurisdiction or choose a program from the National Institute of Justice’s website CrimeSolutions.gov (https://www.crimesolutions.gov/TopicDetails.aspx?ID=2).
Students will use the following criteria to evaluate the program:
- Who is the target population?
- What are the characteristics of the population?
- What services are needed?
- What specific services are rendered?
- How can the program best deliver the needed services?
- What resources does the program need to be effective?
- Was the program evaluated for effectiveness; what were the results?
Future of Technology in Corrections
In this exploratory essay, students will outline the use of technology in correctional facilities from one of the following perspectives:
- Security (e.g., monitoring offenders in the community).
- Health care (e.g., telemedicine).
- Reentry (e.g., contact with family/friends).
Students should address in their essay the need for technological advances in their chosen perspective; current use of technology, and its limitations and potential; and how technology can be used to support the sentencing models introduced in Chapter 2.