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Juvenile Justice Systems And Processes

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This course is a general introduction to the field of juvenile justice, including an overview of the juvenile justice system and the differences between dependency and delinquency. Students address current problems facing juveniles, and compare adult and juvenile justice systems. Special attention is given to the problems inherent in the police handling of juveniles, the function of juvenile courts, sentencing, and future juvenile justice system issues.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Law Enforcement and the Community

    • Distinguish between educational, prevention, and community programs for juveniles.
    • Describe the role of law enforcement in community based programs.
    • Describe the role of gangs on juvenile offenders.
    • Compare community policing strategies regarding law enforcement’s role in relation to juveniles.

    Juvenile Court Process

    • Explain the models of risk and needs assessment tools used with juvenile offenders.
    • Describe the juvenile court process in the handling of juvenile offenders.
    • Explain the fitness issues and transfer of a minor to adult court.
    • Explain the roles and authority of the judge, prosecuting attorney, court-appointed special advocate, defense counsel, and probation officers.
    • Explain the adjudication process.

    Juvenile Corrections

    • Explain the use of community intervention strategies.
    • Identify the resources necessary to work with juveniles with special needs.
    • Compare correctional alternatives for juvenile treatment.
    • Identify the types of institutions, programs, and services available to juveniles.

    Future Trends

    • Evaluate the ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court rulings on juvenile sentencing.
    • Describe emerging treatment strategies, specialty courts, and other juvenile-based programs.
    • Assess existing and new research in determining the future of the juvenile justice system.
    • Describe potential issues regarding the reform of the juvenile justice system.

    Overview of Juvenile Justice in the United States

    • Describe the history and development of the juvenile court system.
    • Describe the basis and philosophy of the juvenile justice system.
    • Compare the roles of the juvenile and adult courts.
    • Assess the impact of national initiatives, case law, and legislation on state juvenile justice systems.
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