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CJC 124 - Juvenile Justice and Juvenile Delinquency

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course is a study of delinquent and criminal behavior of adolescents as it relates to the history of juvenile justice philosophy and policy in the United States. Causations as well as treatment and prevention programs are considered. The proper handling and referral of juveniles involved in criminal and status offenses are discussed. Issues involved in the operation of juvenile courts and court related programs are studied. Juvenile drug addiction, mental illness and habitual offenders are discussed.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Explain the evolution of the American juvenile justice system.
  2. Distinguish important legal, procedural and philosophical differences between the juvenile and adult court systems.
  3. Appraise juvenile crime in relation to total crime in the United States.
  4. Explain the various theories of delinquency and their policy implications.
  5. Explain and assess the goals of the juvenile correctional system and strategies developed for the prevention of delinquent behavior.
  6. Discuss case law and legal initiatives relative to the juvenile justice system.
  7. Explain various contemporary issues affecting juvenile justice and the system’s response.
  8. Compare the juvenile justice system in the United States with that of other countries.
Listed Topics
  1. Delinquent behavior of juveniles and the measurement of juvenile crime
  2. The nature and extent of juvenile crime
  3. Landmark Supreme Court rulings
  4. How juveniles who committed serious criminal offenses are arrested as adults
  5. The role of school in delinquency causation
  6. Gangs and delinquency
  7. Juvenile drug addiction, mental illness and habitual offenders
  8. Programs for the treatment and prevention of delinquency
  9. Significant contributions to juvenile justice resulting from research in the field
  10. The role of law enforcement on the welfare of children
Reference Materials
A contemporary text in the field.
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 04/16/2013

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