Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency: Exploring Key Issues

Examine societal explanations for and treatment of juvenile delinquents, including the role of various social institutions.

Subject Matter Expert: Michael P. Brown, Ph.D.

CONTENT HIGHLIGHTS

Lesson 1:  Children in Society
Parens Patriae – Adverse Social, School, & Family Conditions

Lesson 2:  Social Institutions
Family – School – Peer Groups – Community – Protective Factors

Lesson 3:  Delinquency Theories
Theory – Differential Association – Routine Activities – Social Control

Lesson 4:  Policing
Police Roles – Legal Constraints – Police Discretion – Decisions

Lesson 5:  Key Actors
Prosecutor – Judge – Defense Attorney

Lesson 6:  Pretrial Court Procedures
Detention Hearing – Initial Hearing – Waiver Hearing

Lesson 7:  Adjudication
Juvenile Justice Process – Due Process Rights – Legal & Ethical Restraints

Lesson 8:  Disposition Decision
Child’s Best Interest v. Societal Protection – State Laws & Customs – Community Resources

Lesson 9:  Corrections
Best Practices in Juvenile Corrections – Institutional Programs – Community Programs

 

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