College of Criminal Justice and Security
CJS/240 Version 3
Introduction to Juvenile Justice
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This course is a general orientation to the concept of delinquency and the field of juvenile justice. Students will examine the nature of delinquency, as well as a variety of theories and suspected causes of delinquent behavior. Students will study factors related to delinquency and/or prevention including gender, youthful behavior, family, peers, drug use, school, and community. This course will also familiarize students with the evolution of juvenile justice and key players in the juvenile justice process. Additionally, students will develop an understanding of the juvenile court process, as well as juvenile detention, restitution, prevention and treatment.
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Siegel, L. J. & Welsh, B. C. (2005). Juvenile delinquency: The core. (2nd ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.
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Week One: Childhood Development and Delinquency
1.1 Discuss juvenile accountability.
1.2 Identify the risk factors associated with chronic offenders.
1.3 Identify the pros and cons of Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and self-report data.
Read the course description and objectives.
Read the instructor’s biography and post your own.
Read Appendix A regarding the final project requirements.
Read Ch. 1, 2, & 3 of Juvenile Delinquency: The Core.
Participate in class discussion.
Respond to weekly discussion questions.
Complete the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and Self-Report Data Matrix in Appendix B. To complete this matrix, list two pros and two cons of using UCR data and two pros and two cons of using self-report data.
Locate two web resources—one official and one unofficial—with information about occurrences of delinquency in the United States. Copy and paste the URLs into Appendix B.
Post Appendix B as an attachment.
Week Two: Individual Theories of Delinquency
2.1 Differentiate between general deterrence, specific deterrence, and situational crime prevention.
2.2 Discuss individual theories of delinquency.
Delinquency Deterrence Response
Write a 300- to 350-word response explaining how the threat of punishment does or does not deter juvenile delinquency. Provide examples of general deterrence, specific deterrence, and situational crime prevention strategies. Additionally, identify which concepts of deterrence you believe offer the best method for controlling juvenile crime.
Resource: pp. 47-80 of Juvenile Delinquency: The Core
Write a 500- to 750-word paper explaining why some adolescents are motivated to commit crimes while others in similar circumstances are not. Support your