CRJ 206 Juvenile Justice System (3 credits)

This course will cover the history and philosophy of juvenile justice in America, the mission and how it diverges from adult philosophy and process, and the impact of present societal reforms on the juvenile system. A wide array of theoretical positions will be discussed, as will the influence of the family, media, peers, socioeconomic status, drugs, gang affiliation, and schools. Students will be introduced to landmark juvenile court cases and the current trends. The role of the police, the juvenile court, and juvenile institutions will be explored.