Criminal Justice-COAS | American Juvenile Justice System
P375 | 0190 | Farnsworth


This course examines the juvenile justice system as it has evolved
from its inception approximately one century ago.  The course begins
with an examination of the American legal system to provide the
context in which a separate, juvenile system was devised and in
which it operates, and the need for a system of justice specifically
for juveniles.  Students will study the similarities and differences
between the adult and juvenile systems, and will examine the
purposes those differences serve in attempting to rehabilitate
juvenile offenders.  The course will also focus on the
constitutional protections afforded juveniles by focusing on the
United States Supreme Court decisions of the past forty years,
including issues such as the appointment of counsel for juveniles,
ibnterrogation of juveniles, due process and the death penalty.
Finally, students will study juvenile court procedure as it
functions within the constitutional parameters defined by the
Supreme Court, emphasizing cases in which juveniles are tried as
adults.   There will be particular focus on current, high-profile
juvenile court cases, as well as the growing movement to treat
juvenile offenders as adults.

Class meeting:  1:10-2:25, D, SY 103

Instructor:  Professor Lisa Farnsworth, School of Law