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Dr. Linda Keena
University of Mississippi
Department of Legal Studies
207 Odom Hall
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Linda Keena

Dr. Linda Keena

Professor: Dr. Linda Keena obtained her Bachelor's (1984) and Master's (1991) degrees in Criminal Justice from Southeast Missouri State University and her Doctorate (2006) from the University of Missouri. She is a former State of Missouri Adult Probation and Parole officer and for the last nineteen years has taught various corrections courses, community and institutional based. She has established a record of scholarly publications which reflects a variety of criminal justice, restorative justice, religion, corrections, and community-based research topics. In addition, she is co author and project director for MEDFELS, a nationally recognized methamphetamine program for elementary schools. Finally, Dr. Keena is the co-director of the Violence Prevention Office, a program funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, aimed at educating students and staff about realities of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.

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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

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Course Description

This is a fourteen lesson independent study course. The course will study corrections, a wide variety of functions carried out by government agencies having to do with the punishment, treatment, supervision, and management of individuals who have been accused of or convicted of criminal offenses.

Textbook Information:


Siegel, L., & Bartollas, C. (2010). Corrections Today. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. ISBN 978-0495602408.

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You will also be required to watch several videos. Most of the videos are embedded in your class and can be viewed online. Please be aware of copyright restrictions and make no attempt to copy the videos, or retain them for future use.

You will be required to obtain copies of videos. For specific details please go to the lesson folders. You have several options, which include purchasing, renting, viewing online or ordering the videos through interlibrary loan. Please allow sufficient time for request and delivery of these videos.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Examine and gain a better understanding of the historical development and philosophies in the handling of offenders.

  • Examine how the offender is processed from arrest through the legal and justice system.

  • Know the major alternatives available to the courts when deciding whether or not to send an offender to prison.

  • Understand the processes, impacts and potentials of imprisonment in the past and present systems in the United States.

  • Examine the rights of convicted offenders.

  • Examine the lessons learned from a simulated terrorist attack and natural disasters.

  • Explore the two major systems that attempt to rehabilitate offenders: parole and community-based systems.

Course Outline:

This course is composed of fourteen instructional modules:

Lessons & Exams


Assigned Readings

Lesson One

Crime and Corrections

Chapter 1 The Correctional System

Lesson Two

The Reformers

Chapter 2 From Vengeance to Reform: A Historical Perspective

Lesson Three

Issues in Sentencing

Chapter 3 Sentencing and the Correctional Process

Lesson Four

Probation Conditions and Revocation

Chapter 4 Community Corrections: Diversion and Probation

Lesson Five

Restorative Justice

Chapter 5 Intermediate Sanctions

Course Exam #1

Test 1

Test 1

Lesson Six

Jail Inmates at Midyear 2008

Chapter 6 The Jail: Detention and Short-Term Confinement

Lesson Seven

Prisoners in 2008

Chapter 7 Correctional Institutions

Lesson Eight

Prisoner Radicalization

Chapters 8 and 9 The Prison Experience: Males and Females

Lesson Nine

Prisoners' Rights

Chapter 10 Prisoner Rights

Lesson Ten

Faith-based Programming in Corrections

Chapter 11 Correctional Programs and Services

Lesson Eleven

Sex Offenders

Chapter 13 Special Prison Populations

Course Exam #2

Test 2

Test 2

Lesson Twelve


Chapter 12 Parole and Release to the Community

Lesson Thirteen

Death Penalty

Chapter 14 The Death Penalty and the Death Penalty Inmate

Lesson Fourteen


Chapter 15 The Juvenile Offender

Final Exam




90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 60% = F

Grading Information
Each lesson submitted will be read and given a numerical grade. If you make below a 60 on 5 lessons you will fail the course. Also, if receive a grade below 60 on a lesson, you will be expected to re-do that lesson and resubmit it to the instructor. As for your 2 course exams and Final exam, you will be graded using a letter scale of A, B, C, D, F. The final grade will be calculated as follows:

Point Value
40 points each
Exam 1
100 points
Exam 2
100 points
Final Exam
100 points






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