The student will be able to:
Answer review questions on weekly and course readings
Research in library or in field topics related to society's response to delinquency
through informal and formal mechanisms of control
Describe the complexity of the juvenile corrections system
Discuss knowledge about the causes and correlates of delinquency to a critical
assessment of juvenile justice policy
Explain the role of external factors such as family, friends and schools in child
development and delinquency
Analyze and critically evaluate the major theories that have been developed as
explanations for the onset of, continuation in and desistance from delinquency.
At the end of the semester, the student will be able to demonstrate competencies in the
Identify the components of the juvenile correctional system.
Assess the effectiveness of current juvenile correctional praxis.
Distinguish between the purposes of punishment; rehabilitation, deterrence,
incapacitation and retribution in juvenile corrections.
Examine the purposes and roles of juvenile corrections, intermediary sanctions,
incarceration, probation, and parole.
Integrate Biblical truths regarding punishment with modern application of
juvenile corrections and punishment theory.
The subject will be discussed each week under the following groups:
The history of the juvenile justice system.
Children in Trouble (2000 B.C. to the 21st Century).
The Twentieth Century and Juvenile Justice.
Juvenile Crime: Measurement and Analysis.
Juveniles and the Police: Where the System Starts.
The Juvenile Court.
Juvenile's Legal Rights.
Juvenile Probation—Cheaper or Better?
Juvenile Institutions: The Success of Failure.