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CJ 444 Law of Corrections

University of Mississippi
Department of Legal Studies
203 Odom Hall A
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Linda Keena

Dr. Linda Keena

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 twenty 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.

Contact Information:

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Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
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University, MS 38677

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Course Description

This is a fourteen lesson independent study course on the topic of Correctional Law. This course examines analyzes prisoner rights, state and federal prisoner litigation, and the constitutional basis of these areas. Course assignments, quizzes, and readings are reflected with each lesson.

Textbook Information:


Required Textbook:

Cripe, C. A., Pearlman, M. G., & Kosiak, D. (2013). Legal aspects of corrections management (3rd ed.). 

Sudbury, MA: Jones and Barlett.                       

ISBN-10: 0763725455                 

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Course Objectives:

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

  • Understand the general history of the law and how the legal system in the US works

  • Know how the different components that make-up the field of corrections and how they fit into the bigger criminal justice picture.

  • Recognize the specific legal provisions that are most often encountered in corrections litigation and the types of legal actions that are most often used by prisoners to complain about conditions and treatment.

  • Know the legal steps that should be anticipated and experienced by a corrections worker in a corrections lawsuit.

  • Understand the different areas of corrections in which different provisions of the Constitution have been examined to see whether they define or limit what may be done by corrections officials.

Course Outline:

This course is composed of fourteen instructional modules:

Lessons & Exams

Reading Assignments

Due for Grades

Lesson One

Chapters 1 and 2: Intro to Law, Corrections and the CJ System


Lesson Two

Chapter 3 and 4: Habeas, Torts, Section 1983 and Going to Court


Lesson Three

Chapter 5: General View of Prisoners' Rights


Lesson Four

Chapter 6: Access to Courts


Course Exam #1

Chapters 1-6

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Lesson Five

Chapter 7: Inmate Mail


Lesson Six

Chapter 8: Inmate Visiting


Lesson Seven

Chapter 9: Religion


Lesson Eight

Chapter 10: Search and Seizure


Lesson Nine

Chapters 11 and 12: Inmate Discipline, Classification, Transfers, Personal Injuries and Property Loss


Course Exam #2

Chapters 7-12

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Lesson Ten

Chapter 13: Female Offenders and Others


Lesson Eleven

Chapter 14: The Death Penalty


Lesson Twelve

Chapter 15: Cruel and Unusual Punishment


Lesson Thirteen

Chapter 16: Health Care


Lesson Fourteen

Chapter 17: Probation and Parole


Final Exam

Chapters 13-17

To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit


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:

The GRADING SCALE will be based upon a percentage of total points:

Point Value

11 @35 points each
3 @ 45 points each

Exam 1 100 points
Exam 2 100 points
Final Exam 100 points
Total Points 820

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