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CRMJ 2390 (formerly CRMJ 2090) Syllabus

Course Syllabus

CRMJ 2390 (formerly CRMJ 2090) - Probation and Parole

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is a study of the supervision of offenders in the community, including history, philosophy, legal foundations, strategies, professional roles and contemporary models, programs and services. 

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Analyze the nature, origins, purposes, structure and operation of community corrections in America.
  2. Analyze the elements of community release, foundations of probation and parole, sanctions for noncompliance and cost to society.
  3. Recognize and articulate the types of community release programs.
  4. Identify and analyze issues of community release programs.
  5. Recognize offender behavior and effective tools to manage offenders in the community.
  6. Write a presentence investigation report. 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:


Course Topics:
  • Course Topic #1-An Overview of Community Corrections
  • Course Topic #2-Goals and Evidence-Based Practices
  • Course Topic #3-Pretrial Release and Diversion
  • Course Topic #4-Sentencing and the Presentence Investigation Report
  • Course Topic #5-How Probation Developed: Chronicling Its Past and Present
  • Course Topic #6-Classification and Supervision in Probation and Parole
  • Course Topic #7-The Career Pathway of a Community Supervision Officer
  • Course Topic #8-Probation Modification and Termination
  • Course Topic #9-Residential Community Supervision Programs
  • Course Topic #10-Nonresidential Community Supervision Programs
  • Course Topic #11- Economic and Restorative Justice Reparations
  • Course Topic #12-The History of Parole: From Its Origin to the Present
  • Course Topic #13-Preparing for Prisoner Reentry
  • Course Topic #14- Discretionary Parole and Mandatory Release
  • Course Topic #15-Parole Conditions and Revocation
  • Course Topic #16-Juvenile Justice, Probation, and Parole
  • Course Topic #17-Collateral Consequences of Conviction, Pardon, and Restoration of Rights 

General Education Goal

The goal of the Probation and Parole requirement is to develop in students an understanding of the present community corrections system by examining a historical perspective and alternatives to incarceration.

Other Goals

This course also provides opportunities for students to identify problems and offer solutions to those problems in the American criminal justice system. Updates on current, evolving case law will be addressed, by incorporating critical thinking skills and interpretation of case law.

Specific Course Requirements:

About CourseMate:

Cengage Learning’s CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. CourseMate includes an integrated eBook, interactive teaching and learning tools including quizzes, flashcards, videos, and more, and Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course. Remember Students - this course uses textbook Edition 7-Community-Based Corrections by Alarid and Del Carmen. However, the textbook will be bundled with the 9th Edition of CourseMate, and eBook chapters will not match your textbook.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:


Grading Procedures:

Grading for this course is done based on total points accumulated during the course of the semester:

PercentageAssigned Grade 
90-100 % A
80-89 %B
70-79 % C
60-69 % D
below 60 % F


Grading Scale:
Assignments and Projects:

Quizzes: will be multiple choice and will follow chapter readings.

Writing Assignments: throughout the course students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills by using careful reasoning, interpretation and analysis in addressing various writing assignments.

Project 1: Presentence Investigation Report (PSI): based on a scenario involving a hypothetical character (Donald Anderson) students will write a Presentence Investigation Report (PSI).

Project 2: Home Visit Evaluation: based on a scenario involving hypothetical character (Donald Anderson) students will conduct a home visit, and write a home visit evaluation.

Project 3: Residential and Nonresidential Community Supervision: during this assignment students will introduced to four hypothetical offenders (Alex, Jamal, Alison and Carl). You will act as a judge and decide which form of intensive supervision community program (residential or nonresidential) program you will choose for them.

Career Pathway Assignment: students will be required to contact someone that works in community corrections (probation or parole); and conduct a phone or in-person interview.

Discussion Questions: throughout the course students will be asked to watch videos, review material, and respond to questions using careful thought and analysis.

Reflections: (EXTRA CREDIT) at the end of each module/week, students can discuss in one paragraph or less, one thing they learned that they found interesting or important.

Graded Items

CategoryNumber of Items Individual Weight Total Weight
Quizzes 152% 30% 
Discussions62.5% 15%
Writing Assignments 55% 25% 
Project 1: Presentence Investigation Report 18%8%
Project 2: Home Visitation Evaluation18%8%
Project 3: Residential and Nonresidential Community Supervision 18%8%
Interview: Career Pathway Assignment Reflections16% 6% 
Total  100%
Extra Credit 150.3% 4.5% 
Total with extra credit  104.5%


Class Participation:

There will be several class discussions for this class. Each student is expected to actively participate in these discussions with meaningful comments, questions, observations, etc. Students are expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource; to check frequently for information or announcements on the course homepage, new items, e-mail, discussion boards, etc. 

Late Policy:
  • Students are expected to meet any required deadlines (i.e. assignments) on time.
  • All dates and times associated with quizzes and assignments will be clearly posted within the course.
  • It is the student's responsibility to check the calendar or each weekly module on a regular basis to ensure she/he is on time with graded assignments and quizzes.

Late assignments or projects will be accepted with the penalty of 2% reduction for each calendar day late. All quizzes will close, and not be able to be taken after the end of the term (module 15). No late discussions or extra credit reflections will be accepted.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


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Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on August 28, 2017