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.

What Important Qualities Should a Correctional Officer Have?

Correctional Officers should have good judgment, physical strength and self-discipline, as well as strong interpersonal and negotiating skills:

Good judgment: Correctional officers must use both their training and common sense to quickly determine the best course of action and to take the necessary steps to achieve a desired outcome.

Interpersonal skills: Correctional officers must be able to interact and communicate effectively with inmates and others to maintain order in correctional facilities and courtrooms.

Negotiating skills: Correctional officers must be able to assist others in resolving differences in order to avoid conflict.

Physical strength: Correctional officers and bailiffs must have the strength to physically subdue inmates or others.

Self-discipline: Correctional officers must control their emotions when confronted with hostile situations.


Criminal Justice: Corrections Program Details

Skills Students Learn

Our Criminal Justice: Corrections students learn:

  • Arrest and control techniques
  • Courtroom procedures
  • 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.

BSIS Security Officer Academy
This course meets the requirements of AB2880 training for Private Security Professionals as mandated for licensed Security Guards in California Business and Professions Code §7585-7585.20. Topics include Powers to Arrest, Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destructions, Exposed Firearms, Baton and Chemical agents, concepts of arrest, communications, search, report writing, courtroom procedures, testimony, criminal and civil law, public and community customer relations. Upon successful completion the student will receive a BSIS Guard Card license and obtain certification and permits for Exposed Firearms, Baton and Chemical agents. This course further provides the certification for the 32 hours of additional BSIS mandated training, 16 hours of mandated subjects and 16 hours of Elective subjects for a licensed Security Professional.

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: Standards and Training for Corrections (STC) Adult Core Academy, which includes 8-hour Baton training. Graduates also receive Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) certified training in Powers to Arrest, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Firearms, Baton, Chemical Agents, Public Relations, Observations and Documentation, Communications and its Significance, and Liability and Legal Aspects – resulting in (BSIS) Security Guard Card and (BSIS) Security Guard Exposed Weapons permits.

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 |

Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
PO Box 980550
West Sacramento, CA 980550
(800) 952-5210 |

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

State Approvals

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


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