Criminal Justice-COAS | Juvenile Justice
P517 | 1561 | Herrera

Juveniles are accorded special status under the American legal
system.  Children and adolescents also account for a
disproportionate amount of crime committed. Preventing such behavior
and responding to its occurrence are matter of concern to society at
large and to the criminal justice system in particular.  This
seminar is designed to examine individual, sociological, and
developmental theories that tackle the question: “What causes
juveniles to break the law?”  We will critically analyze the impact
of significant individual, social, and institutional influences on
delinquency: including the family, delinquent peer groups and gangs,
schools, and the community.   This seminar will also focus on the
structure and impact of the traditional juvenile justice system as
well as alternative approaches to intervention and treatment.

Readings may include:
All God’s Children by Fox Butterfield
All Souls by Michael Patrick MacDonald
Always Running by Luis J Rodriguez

Class Meeting:  T, 2:30-5:00, SY 146

Instructor:  Professor Veronica Herrera, criminal justice department