Course Description
This course is concerned with providing the student with an understanding of the history, concepts, and practices of criminal punishment. It will explore the reasons why the state (and only the state) administers punishment to those who deviate from societal norms from both utilitarian and nonutilitarian perspectives. The roles of rehabilitation and community corrections as they relate to criminal punishment will be reviewed and explained especially as they may or may not have an impact on recidivism. The “derivative” power of persons working in the field of justice administration, other than judges, to administer punishment will be explored.
Learning Objectives
  • Define criminal punishment
  • Identify the difference between punishment and criminal punishment
  • Explain the role of the state in administering punishment
  • List at least three (3) historical developments that have influenced contemporary criminal punishment
  • Define the differences between utilitarian and nonutilitarian concepts of punishment
  • Define the relationship between rehabilitation and punishment
  • Define the role of community corrections as this relates to punishment