Probation Simulation

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Andrew Denney & Natalie Goulette

Emerge Faculty Fellow: Dr. Andrew Denney and Dr. Natalie Goulette

Offered as a key component to the Community Corrections course, the Probation Simulation project will give students the opportunity to serve as a probation officer of another student for four weeks. In doing so, students will explore their personal philosophies related to punishment as well as evaluate effective techniques for managing offender behavior. Students will have the opportunity to consult with trained probation officers who have many years of experience supervising offenders in the community. Another aspect to the Probation Simulation project will require students to be placed in the shoes of a convicted offender who must serve four weeks of probation. Doing so should be a unique experience students are unlikely to experience in other classes. Over the course of this assignment, students will keep a journal related to the trials and tribulations that they experience over the eight week period in their two respective roles. They will relate these experiences to course material and relevant empirical literature on offender supervision. Finally, students will complete a class presentation at the conclusion of the course.

High-Impact Practices (HIPs) Utilized

  • Faculty/Student Research
  • Service Learning

For more information, please contact Andrew Denney at or Natalie Goulette at