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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision | Evaluated Learning Experience

Social-Psychological Issues


Version 1: Approximately 15 hours (7 weeks). Version 2: 30 hours (7 weeks).

New York State Department of Correctional Services Training Academy, 1134 New Scotland Road, Albany, NY.

Version 1: December 1993 - June 2015. Version 2: July 2015 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: show awareness and appreciation of major religious organizations and inmate subgroups and their impact on the correctional system; discuss epidemiology, care treatment, and psycho-social issues surrounding AIDS; discuss judicial process and procedures; recognize the distinction between graft and bribery; and recognize inmates with emotional problems and/or abnormal behavior.


Version 1 and 2: Major topics include: cultural awareness; major religious organizations, inmate organizations and unauthorized groups; AIDS seminar; court structure and procedures; ethics, graft, and bribery; attitudes in supervision; observation and personal perceptions, feelings, and prejudices that affect observation; recognizing abnormal behavior; hostage takers and surviving a capture experience; and the Stockholm Syndrome.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour as a Social Science elective in Criminal Justice or a liberal arts curriculum (12/98) (7/05 revalidation). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours as a Social Science elective in Criminal Justice or a liberal arts curriculum (7/15 revalidation) (7/21 revalidation).

NOTE: The Recruit Training Program is comprised of 280 hours of instruction over 7 weeks (320 hours over 8 weeks since January 2004) and 160 hours of supervised on-the-job orientation over an additional 4 weeks (120 hours over 3 weeks since January 2004). Nine areas represent the academic and practical components of the curriculum that carry college credit recommendations. The hours listed for each area are approximate and may vary somewhat depending upon the needs of each class. The content covered and learning objectives achieved are similar with each administration. Recruits must complete the entire 11 week program and the required probationary work period in order to qualify for the credit recommendations.