Juvenile Justice

CJS 1504 3 Quarter Hours
Course Level Undergraduate
Description Introduces students to the history, structure, processes, and philosophies of juvenile justice systems in the United States. Explores responses to juvenile offenders ranging from prevention and diversion to institutional corrections and aftercare in the context of youth policy generally. Topics include contemporary issues and controversies, such as system fragmentation, changing conceptions of juvenile offenders, lack of a coherent justice system rationale, racial and gender bias in processing and confinement, proposals to abolish the juvenile court, juvenile offender legislation, juvenile case law, juvenile delinquency proceedings, protection afforded juveniles in civil cases, behavioral research studies, delinquency, abuse and neglect, transfers and waivers, status offenders, and comparative law.

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