Reentry is a broad term used to refer to issues related to the transition of offenders from prison to community supervision. Nationwide, 700,000 people are released from correctional custody every year with a 68% recidivism rate within the first three years. Current reentry programs advocate for solutions that will help people returning from prison obtain employment, connect with their families, and rejoin their communities in an effort to reduce this recidivism rate. This certificate program will prepare students to work in fields related to reentry by providing them an education in the barriers that reduce the likelihood of successful reintegration and in current reentry strategies and characteristics of successful programs.

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Reentry is a broad term used to refer to issues related to the transition of offenders from prison to community supervision. Nationwide, 700,000 people are released from correctional custody every year with a 68% recidivism rate within the first three years. Current reentry programs advocate for solutions that will help people returning from prison obtain employment, connect with their families, and rejoin their communities in an effort to reduce this recidivism rate. This certificate program will prepare students to work in fields related to reentry by providing them an education in the barriers that reduce the likelihood of successful reintegration and in current reentry strategies and characteristics of successful programs.

To apply for the Certificate in Prisoner Reentry and Community Corrections Certificate, fill out the Online Application.

Program Location

Carrollton Campus

Method of Delivery

Face to Face

Accreditation

The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Credit and transfer

Total semester hours required:

This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

Save money

UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

Details

  • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
  • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
  • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
  • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
  • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
  • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
  • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website

There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

Major Required

Requires 15 Credit Hours, To Also Include:
CRIM 4260 - Prisoner Reentry and Community Corrections
CRIM 4265 - Crime and Social Inequality

Corrections in America will be examined at the federal, state and local levels. The history of incarceration, the structure and functions of jails, prisons, and community corrections and the role of corrections in society will be covered.

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Focuses on major moral theories and ethical decision making in the field of criminal justice. Conflicting loyalties, competing social demands, and subcultural strains specific to criminal justice will be explored.

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A course in correctional programs at the local, state, and federal levels including youth probation and parole. The organization and administration of correctional systems will be examined with particular attention given to control, classification, discipline, treatment, and post-release procedures for the juvenile and adult offenders.

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Major Selects

Requires 6 Credit Hours
Note:
CRIM 4280 - Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice - Must be relevant to reentry and approved by the Certificate Director.
CRIM 4286 - Internship - (3 - 6 Credit Hours) - Must be relevant to reentry and approved by the Certificate Director.

An examination of the current and historical patterns of alcohol and drug use, abuse, and control. Strong emphasis will be given to patterns of usage and types and kinds of programs used by helping agencies in the rehabilitation process. Same as CHM 3140.

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Provides an in-depth analysis of the victims of crime. This course focuses on the historical development of victimology, which emerged in the 1940's as an independent field of study as well as surveying some of the more recent works by contemporary thinkers.

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This course will introduce students to the participation of women in the criminal justice system. Offenses committed by females, laws peculiar to females, and the treatment of females by the system will be explored. Women as professionals and their impact on the system will also be discussed.

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This course will examine family violence from both a personal and social perspective. Research and theory in family violence will be discussed, along with types of relationships, incidence, prevalence, inter-personal dynamics, contributing factors, consequences, social response and services. Prevention strategies will be explored.

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This course will examine the history of youth gangs in the U.S. and how gangs have changed over time. Students will learn about contemporary gangs and their activities, why youths join gangs and how gangs relate to the larger society.

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This course will focus on a particular issue being dealt with by the criminal justice system today. Students will critically examine the issue and related research and theories. The social context of the issue will be explored as well as possible actions to address the problem. Course is repeatable for credit.

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The internship provides students an opportunity to gain supervised work experience in an agency in their major area of study.

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Learning Objectives:
  1. Apply theoretical and empirical research to practical applications.
  2. Develop empirically-grounded reintegration strategies that serve to reduce recidivism and subsequent incarceration.
  3. Identify various systemic, cultural, community, and individual-level barriers to improve successful reintegration.