Juvenile Delinquency 2014

Welcome to CJ-210, Juvenile Delinquency and Justice.


This course is an introduction to the American system of juvenile justice. The course will cover the relationships between juveniles and the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, juvenile diversion programs, courts, probation and parole, service organizations and the correctional system. Current social trends in juvenile crime, gang activity, and premeditated violence will be discussed.

The student examines the historical precedents and philosophical reasons for treating juveniles differently from adults; reviews empirical evidence about child development that can illuminate the reasons for their special status within the system. It will study the major theories that have been proposed as explanations of delinquent behavior. The course will also provide a detailed overview of the juvenile justice system, from its beginnings to the current state of the institution.

Dr. Michael Thompson

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