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Certificate of Achievement

The Administration of Justice Certificate of Achievement in Parole is designed to prepare students to meet the needs of entry-level positions in the fields of corrections and parole. The curriculum prepares students with a foundation in administration of justice/law enforcement and provides them with the knowledge to enter various career areas. The skills developed in classes enhance students' knowledge in the area of the criminal justice parole system.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

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Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2023-2024 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
AJ 041 - Effective Written Communication for Public Service PersonnelM3.0
AJ 041 - Effective Written Communication for Public Service Personnel (3.0 units)

Advisory:It is advised that students be able to engage in written composition at a college level and be able to read college-level texts.

This course provides Administration of Justice students an overview of writing techniques for the communication of facts and information in a criminal justice setting, including the correct usage of words and proper sentence structure. Emphasis is placed on law enforcement-specific terms, phrases, and spelling. Topics include but are not limited to crime reports, investigative follow-up reports, traffic collision reports, background investigative summations and recommendations, internal investigative summations and recommendations, press releases, and interagency criminal activity crime bulletins.

AJ 104 - Legal Aspects of EvidenceM3.0
AJ 104 - Legal Aspects of Evidence (3.0 units)

Advisory:AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an in-depth study of evidence rules. Emphasis is placed on the application of rules in preparing and presenting evidence. The course will discuss the history and approach to the study of evidence. Topics include proof by evidence and substitutes, general admissibility tests, evidence by way of witness testimony, documents, real evidence, and exclusion of evidence on constitutional grounds. For a better understanding of the evidence rules, judicial decisions are cited, and students are required to brief cases.

AJ 105 - Community Relations/Multicultural Issues Within Public ServiceM3.0
AJ 105 - Community Relations/Multicultural Issues Within Public Service (3.0 units)

Advisory:AJ 101
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course examines the complex, dynamic relationship between communities and the justice system in addressing crime and conflict with an emphasis on the challenges and prospects of administering justice within a diverse multicultural population. Topics covered may include crime prevention, restorative justice, conflict resolution, and ethics.

AJ 208 - Principles of InvestigationM3.0
AJ 208 - Principles of Investigation (3.0 units)

Advisory: AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course addresses the techniques, procedures, and ethical issues in the investigation of crime. The topics covered include the organization of the investigative process, crime scene searches, interviewing and interrogating, surveillance, source of information, utility of evidence, scientific analysis of evidence, and the role of the investigator in the trial process.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
Total Units for Parole COA program 12.0 
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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Rio Hondo College, serving the communities of El Monte, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, and Whittier for over 50 years.


Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601

Phone: (562) 692-0921
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