Schedule of Classes Course Description

Medgar Evers College
Course Prefix: PA                                     Course Number: 320                                    
Course Title: Introduction to Discharge Planning
Subject: Public Administration
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


Public administrators in the field of criminal justice are consistently faced with the task of assisting formerly incarcerated individuals with reintegrating into society. Unfortunately, they consistently fall short of this task and the individual, who is looking forward to reentry, oftentimes fall behind. This course consists of a series of lectures, work group exercises and life-skill presentations designed to support the development of community reintegration plans for individuals leaving prison. It is designed to provide the public manager with necessary skills and elements needed to construct such a plan and explores both the theoretical and practical basis for it. It focuses on providing intensive skills building and training to help students to not only understand the parole discharge process, but to also understand the aspects that bureaucratic agencies must overcome to put these plans in motion. This course also helps to facilitate a greater appreciation of the role played by nonprofit organizations in local and urban neighborhoods, as part of the successful transition of large numbers of people exiting the prison system into urban communities. It advocates for greater inclusion of local communities in the community reintegration process since the return of these large numbers of people will directly impact their lives.

Prerequisite: PA 225, PA 250.
Start Date:    09/27/2006                         End Date: