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

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

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