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AJS 260 - Criminal Justice Management

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

A practical examination of the challenges of criminal justice management. Includes unique requirements for these agencies and departments, as differentiated from non-governmental organizations; management theories as applied to criminal justice agencies; effective communication, leadership styles, budgets, decision making, and model management practices. Also includes special problems such as managing difficult or unethical employees; use of force issues; sexual and gender harassment; and work force issues including recruitment, retention, diversity, and training.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the general principles of management and address the applications and obstacles unique to criminal justice systems.
  2. Discuss barriers to effective communication within and across organizational boundaries.
  3. Define, compare and critique leadership styles and techniques unique to the criminal justice industry.
  4. Explain the importance of selecting qualified applicants for criminal justice positions and enumerate various selection methods.
  5. Appraise the challenges and professional training needs of the criminal justice workforce in the 21st century.
  6. Write reports, case briefs, policy papers and/or problem-solving papers; demonstrating mastery of English grammar, spelling, syntax and composition. Competency 1.1

  1. Criminal Justice Management
    1. Police and Sheriff’s Department
    2. Adult and Juvenile Court
    3. Jails/Detention and Prisons
    4. The Unique Management Milieu
  2. Management Theories in Perspective
    1. Traditional Theories
    2. System Theories
    3. Human Relations Theories
    4. Theories X and Y
    5. Related Theories of Interest
    6. Applying Theories to Criminal Justice
  3. The Landscape of Criminal Justice Management
    1. Common Trends Defined
      1. Organization
      2. Justice
      3. Bureaucracy
      4. Management
      5. Ethics
    2. Democratic Accountability and Neutral Competence
    3. Differentiating Government Service from the Private Sector
  4. Managing Trouble
    1. Public Distrust
    2. Deviance
      1. Corruption for gain
      2. Official Deviance
      3. Noble Cause
    3. Excessive use of force
    4. Sexual and Gender Harassment
    5. Ends Over Means – A Warning Sign
    6. Terrorism and the Potential for Ethical Abuse
    7. Ethical Remedies
  5. Communication
    1. Purpose of Communication
    2. Communication Across Organizational Boundaries
    3. Barriers to Effective Communication
  6. Defining Socialization – anticipatory, formal and informal
  7. The Criminal Justice Role
  8. Power
  9. Leadership and Criminal Justice Organizations
    1. Leadership Defined
    2. Styles and Techniques
    3. Responsibility of a Leader
    4. Impediments to Leadership
  10. Teamwork
    1. Importance of team building
    2. Methods for sharing leadership among team members
  11. Personal Processes and Practices
    1. Job-Valid Qualifications
    2. Legal Disqualifiers
    3. Costs
    4. Selections Practices
    5. Performance Appraisals
    6. Retention Strategies
  12. Training Procedures and Deficiencies
    1. Academy
    2. Ongoing training
    3. Common training deficiencies
  13. Selection Issues – Workforce 21 Century
    1. Diversity
    2. Qualification
    3. Equal Opportunity
    4. Reverse Discrimination
  14. Beyond Expectations
    1. Budgets Defined
    2. Public Sector Budget
    3. Budget Planning and Strategies
  15. Decision Making and Prediction
    1. The Decision Making Process
    2. Obstacles to Decision Making
    3. Logical Fallacies
    4. Prediction
    5. Improving Decision Making
  16. Model Management Practices

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2018/19