Criminal Justice: Corrections

Prepare for a Career in Corrections

SJVC’s Criminal Justice: Corrections program prepares graduates for a career in Corrections. Our program includes instruction in criminal law, evidence collection and preservation, report writing, institutional corrections, physical agility training, defensive tactics and weaponless defense. Many graduates initially find work in security and develop entry-level work experience while they pursue employment as a correctional officer.

Criminal Justice: Corrections Program Details

Skills Students Learn

Our Criminal Justice: Corrections students learn:

  • Arrest and control techniques
  • Weaponless defense tactics
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Firearms use
  • Evidence collection and preservation

Program Course Examples

Courses* taken by our Criminal Justice: Corrections students include:

Criminal Law
This course explores the historical development and philosophy of law as well as reviews the constitutional provisions. In addition, this course defines and classifies a variety of crimes, such as crimes against persons, property and the state.

PC 832 – Laws of Arrest
This is the mandatory introductory course of training prescribed by the Commission on Peace Office Standards and Training (POST) for every person described in the Penal Code as a peace officer. This training is required for all Correctional/Custodial Officers in California. This course is provided through a POST certified outside contractor. All standards of attendance and professionalism are in effect. Should a student fail the course, the student assumes responsibility for all costs associated with retake.

PC 832 – Firearms Course
This course includes the mandatory introductory course of firearms training prescribed by the Commission on Peace Office Standards and Training (POST) for every person described in the Penal Code as a peace office who carries a firearm. This training is required for all Correctional/Custodial Officers in California who carry a firearm during the course of their employment and meets Reserve Level III requirements. Also included in this course is an 8-hour Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) Power to Arrest Guard Card training, which a security guard must complete prior to being placed on a post. All students must have a handgun, holster and a reloading device for their weapon to participate in firearms training. The firearms portion of this course is provided through a POST certified outside contractor, and BSIS training is provided by a certified BSIS instructor. All standards of attendance and professionalism are in effect. Should a student fail the course, the student assumes responsibility for all costs associated with retake.

Criminal Procedures
This course examines the legal processes of search warrants, reasonable cause for detention of a person, probably cause for arrest, criminal trials, procedural hearings and sentencing. This course offers a review of the history of case and common law, conceptual interpretations of law as reflected in court decisions, a study of case law methodology and case research, and how the decisions impact the procedures of the justice system.

*Students will take additional program courses on top of the three listed courses. Courses may vary by program, credential level and campus.

Program Outcomes

Our Criminal Justice: Corrections students can earn an Associate of Science Degree in approximately 14 months.

They also earn the following certifications: STC Adult Core Academy which includes an additional 8-hour Baton, POST PC 832 Laws of Arrest, POST PC 832 Firearms, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) Guard Card and Armed Guard Card.

Our Adult Academy is STC certified through the Board of State and Community Corrections and includes over 82 hours of additional course content beyond the state’s minimum, including First Aid and CPR certification and field trips to correctional facilities.

Program Availability

SJVC’s Criminal Justice: Corrections program is available at the following campuses:

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the Corrections program, many graduates first find work in Security, while some graduates go directly to work in Corrections.

Security and Loss Prevention Officers can expect to:

  • Answer alarms and investigate disturbances
  • Guard premises to prevent theft, violence, and breaking of laws and rules
  • Monitor and authorize entry or exit of visitors, patrons or employees

Detention and Correctional Officers can expect to:

  • Maintain security in buildings, towers and other areas of an adult correctional facility
  • Intervene during emergencies or altercations within a correctional facility
  • Escort/transport offenders

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Criminal Justice: Corrections program requires:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Passing score in Admissions assessment
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • No felony criminal convictions
  • No misdemeanor convictions that would prohibit applicant from possessing a firearm
  • No legal conditions that would prohibit applicant from possessing a firearm
  • Valid California driver license
  • Applicant must be in good health and physically fit
  • Applicant must be age 18 by program start date

Enrollment in the Criminal Justice: Corrections program is subject to the approval of the CJC Program Director or their designee.

Applicants must have reliable plans for transportation, child care and time to devote to academic work outside of scheduled class hours.

Accreditation & Approvals

SJVC’s Criminal Justice: Corrections program is certified to provide instruction by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)/Standards & Training for Corrections (STC) and the Bureau of Security and Investigative Service (BSIS).

Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)/Standards & Training for Corrections (STC)
600 Bercut Drive
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-5073 | http://www.bscc.ca.gov/s_standardsandtrainingforcorrections.php

Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
PO Box 980550
West Sacramento, CA 980550
(800) 952-5210 | http://www.bsis.ca.gov

SJVC’s Criminal Justice: Corrections students receive POST-certified instruction for the following PC-832 courses: Laws of Arrest and Firearms.

California Commission on POST
1601 Alhambra Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816-7083
(916) 227-3909 | http://www.post.ca.gov

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at www.accjc.org.

State Approvals

CALIFORNIA
SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) and Title 5, Division 7.5 – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations.

Any questions that a student may have regarding the college catalog and/or catalog supplement that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at:

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Physical Address
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833

Telephone Numbers
Toll free (888) 370-7589
(916) 431-6959

Fax Number
(916) 263-1897

Website
www.bppe.ca.gov

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