Correctional Systems: History, Development and Practices

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|CJ121 Corrections | |Key Graded Assignment #1 – Corrections Timeline |

This assignment supports the following outcomes:

• Illustrate the history and development of correctional systems. • Analyze how past correctional practices influence the contemporary correctional system. • Defend your recommendations for improving the current correctional system.

For this assignment, you are to conduct background research and develop a time-line on the history of corrections.

Develop a timeline covering four eras within the correctional system. Select four of the following eras to research and summarize in your timeline in chronological order: 1800, 1900, 1920-1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, and 2000.

Your timeline must include the following elements for each era:

• Description of the treatment and punishment of offenders. • Description of the secure holding and / or monitoring of offenders. • Description of alternatives to incarceration.
• Description of how, if at all, the correctional practices of the era influenced the correctional system and related policies in effect today. • Indication of which of the four eras researched was the most beneficial to the correctional system and why. • Citation references for resource(s) used to conduct research.

Using your acquired knowledge of corrections, provide a written response including your recommendations for ways in which the current correctional system could be improved upon. Provide a rationale for each of your recommendations. Your faculty member will provide guidance around the written response length requirements.

You MUST include in-text citations as well as a Bibliography/References page in order to receive any credit for the assignment.


References: page in order to receive any credit for the assignment.
Grading Criteria
The Corrections Timeline Grading Sheet provided by your instructor will be used to evaluate your assignment.
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