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Introduction To Juvenile Justice

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This course is a general orientation to the concept of delinquency and the field of juvenile justice. Students will examine the nature of delinquency, as well as a variety of theories and suspected causes of delinquent behavior. Students will study factors related to delinquency and/or prevention including gender, youthful behavior, family, peers, drug use, school, and community.. This course will also familiarize students with the evolution of juvenile justice and key players in the juvenile justice process. Additionally, students will develop an understanding of the juvenile court process, as well as juvenile detention, restitution, prevention and treatment.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 9 weeks

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    Juvenile Corrections and Treatment

    • Explain the roles and responsibilities of juvenile probation officers.
    • Explain community-based treatment efforts.
    • Discuss the importance of aftercare programs.
    • Summarize important issues impacting institutionalized juveniles.

    Peers, Juvenile Gangs, and School

    • Describe the relationship between academic performance and delinquency.
    • Explain methods to control gang activity.
    • Recognize theories of gang development.
    • Discuss the impact of adolescent peer relations.

    Drug Use and Control

    • Explain the relationship between drug use and delinquency.
    • Assess the major drug control strategies.
    • Describe the key reasons for youth drug use.

    The Juvenile Delinquent and the System

    • Discuss the future of juvenile justice.
    • Debate a contemporary issue in juvenile justice.

    Gender Differences and Family Impact

    • Describe current explanations for gender differences and delinquency.
    • Explain how family makeup and behavior influence delinquency.
    • Critique the child protection system.
    • Discuss gender discrimination in the juvenile justice system.

    Childhood Development and Delinquency

    • Identify the risk factors associated with chronic offenders.
    • Identify the pros and cons of Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and self-report data.
    • Discuss juvenile accountability.

    Individual Theories of Delinquency

    • Differentiate between general deterrence, specific deterrence, and situational crime prevention.
    • Discuss individual theories of delinquency.

    Sociological Theories of Delinquency

    • Give examples of social disorganization.
    • Discuss the impact of social structure theories on delinquency prevention.
    • Identify examples of the application of sociological theories of delinquency.

    The Juvenile Justice System

    • Examine issues within the juvenile court process.
    • Identify the main components of a comprehensive juvenile justice strategy.
    • Compare and contrast the juvenile and adult justice systems.
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