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    An Open Educational Resources Publication by Taft College

    Authored and compiled by Dave Wymore & Tabitha Raber

    Copy Editor: Trudi Radtke

    Editor: Dr. M. L. Jiles PhD, MPA

    Version 1



    We would like to extend appreciation to the following people and organizations for allowing this textbook to be created:

    Taft College

    Written & Compiled by:

    Dave Wymore and Tabitha Raber

    Special Thank You to Copy Editor Trudi Radtke for formatting, readability, and aesthetics.

    Editor: Dr. M. L. Jiles, PhD, MPA

    *Unless otherwise noted, the content in this textbook is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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    Welcome to Introduction to Corrections at Taft Community College.

    This textbook was designed especially for Taft Community College Administration of Justice students. The following chapters will cover topics such as: judicial process, types of prisons, how to deal with Juvenile delinquency, and different types of sentencing.

    There are two types of interactive features in this book to help you, the student, engage with the various concepts and procedures behind the duties of a correctional officer.

    1. Pin

    Pin It! Boxes

    These boxes refer to information that you should mentally “pin” for later. Remembering the information included in “pin it” boxes will help you better understand following textbook material.




    Think About It . . . Boxes

    “Think about it…” boxes encourage you to do just that, think about the information provided in the box and form an opinion. Often what’s placed in these boxes are ideas or issues that are controversial, such as the death penalty or immigration concerns. Sometimes these topics can be difficult to think about objectively because they are emotionally charged. However, taking a moment to consider your values and beliefs and how they affect your opinions and decision making, produces mental stamina which is an important skill for a correctional officer. Remember, the brain is a muscle too.

    We enhance public safety through safe and secure incarceration of offenders, effective parole supervision, and rehabilitative strategies to successfully reintegrate offenders into our communities.

    -California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Mission Statement

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