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Spring 2019

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CRJ209 - Juvenile Justice

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Introduces the interactions of various agencies (e.g. the police, courts, corrections, and other youth agencies and programs) within the juvenile justice system. Topics include the role of police, courts, corrections and community programs in delinquency prevention, control and treatment. Focuses on juvenile violent behavior and constitutional rights. Spring only. Prerequisite: CRJ101 or HUS101 or SOC101.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Trace the historical development in handling juvenile offenders from ancient time to the present, including describing the establishment and evolution of the juvenile court system.
2. Identify the three major components of the criminal justice system and describe their individual and cooperative roles in the different stages of the juvenile justice process.
3. Explain delinquency as a social issue, including its causation factors, its impact on society, the methods used in an attempt to control it and both protective and risk factors that influence the behavior of juveniles.*
4. Analyze the legal issues impacting the handling of juveniles and describe the applicable constitutional amendments that affect the juvenile justice system.
5. Describe the culture, perspectives, styles and ethics of various participants in the juvenile justice system.
6. Identify and explain various delinquency issues affecting juveniles today, including gangs, the effects of family and adolescent drug use.
7. Discuss various juvenile prevention programs and additional systemic and societal changes necessary for a promising future for juvenile justice.
8. Demonstrate communication skills appropriate to the juvenile justice field by communicating information orally in an effective manner and presenting written information employing proper grammar, spelling and structure.


* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.


Content Outline:
I. The Juvenile Justice System
II. Juvenile Crime & Victims
III. History of the Juvenile Justice System
IV. Causes and Theories of Delinquency
V. Police and Juveniles
VI. Juvenile Law and Procedure
VII. The Juvenile Court Process
VIII. Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System
IX. Community Based Corrections for Juveniles
X. Institutional Corrections for Juveniles
XI. Drugs & Delinquency
XII. Gangs & Delinquency
XIII. Special Juvenile Populations
XIV. Delinquency Prevention & Intervention
XV. The Future of Juvenile Justice

Effective Term: Spring 2016