Criminal Justice-COAS | Family and Formal Control Systems in America
P482 | 23939 | Herrera


The family had long been considered to play an important role in
producing or reducing delinquency.  Just how do families contribute
to the development of antisocial and delinquent behavior of their
children?   Does the impact of early family experiences have a
lasting influence on adult behavior?  This course takes a
multidisciplinary approach in exploring the traditional functions of
the family and the possible effects of varying family structures,
family dynamics and parenting styles on the development of
antisocial, delinquent, and criminal behavior.  We will also examine
the interactions between families and formal control systems (e.g.
child welfare, foster care system, juvenile and family courts).  The
goal of this course is to critically analyze current theory and
research linking family risk factors and crime as well as examining
effective intervention and prevention strategies.

Required text:
1. Simons, Simons, & Wallace (2004) Families, Delinquency, and
Crime: Linking societies most basic institution to antisocial
behavior
2. Toth, Jennifer (2002) What happened to Johnnie Jordan?

Class meeting:  2:30-3:45, Tuesday and Thursday

Instructor:  Professor Veronica Herrera, Criminal Justice Department