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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Juvenile Justice Procedures
Course: AJS212

First Term: 2020 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Examines the nature and extent of juvenile delinquency to the present. Including but not limited to the history, jurisdictions, terminology, procedures, and institutions of the juvenile justice system.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Trace the history of delinquency, and identify and describe past methods of treatment applied to juvenile offenders. (I)
2. Identify and describe the fundamental philosophy and objectives of the modern-day juvenile justice system. (II)
3. Outline and describe the organization of the juvenile justice system, including the court and juvenile court judges. (II)
4. Describe the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system. (II)
5. Identify and describe the types and categories of juvenile offenders that come under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system. (II)
6. Identify and describe the various alternatives available within the juvenile justice system for dealing with juveniles. (II)
7. Identify and describe the distinctions between juvenile and adult law procedures. (III)
8. Describe the law as it relates to the segregation of juveniles from adults in custodial situations. (III)
9. Describe due process for juveniles as it relates to the Gault decision and search and seizure. (III)
10. Identify and describe appropriate police techniques for handling juvenile calls, complaints, and referrals. (IV)
11. Describe detention procedures for juveniles. (V)
12. Identify and describe the adjudication process as it relates to juveniles. (V)
13. Describe the dispositional hearing, and identify and describe the alternatives available to the juvenile court. (V)
14. Identify and describe current issues and problems as they relate to the juvenile justice system. (VI)
15. Describe the role of media/social media as it relates to the juvenile justice system. (VII)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. History of juvenile justice system
   A. Philosophy
   B. Definitions
   C. Jurisdiction
   D. Treatment
II. Overview of modern-day juvenile justice system
   A. Philosophy and objectives
   B. Organization
   C. Juvenile categories
      1. Dependent
      2. Incorrigible
      3. Status offender
      4. Delinquent
   D. Treatment/intervention
      1. Diversion
      2. Referral
      3. Detention
      4. Adjudication
      5. Probation
      6. Community-based treatment
      7. Institutional treatment
III. Juvenile delinquency and the law
   A. Juvenile vs. adult law
      1. Criminal offenses
      2. Status offenses
   B. Segregation of juveniles
   C. Due process
      1. Guilt
      2. Search and seizure
IV. Police interaction with juveniles
   A. Police role
      1. Techniques
      2. Investigation
   B. Police procedures and processes
      1. Diversion
      2. Juvenile rights
      3. Arrest/custody
V. Juvenile justice procedures
   A. Detention
      1. Guidelines
      2. Procedures
   B. Diversion
      1. Rationale
      2. Guidelines
   C. Adjudication
      1. Juvenile rights
      2. Advisory hearing
      3. Adjudication hearing
      4. Predisposition investigation
   D. Dispositional hearing
      1. Factory involved in decision-making
      2. Probation
      3. Community treatment
      4. Institutional treatment
VI. Current issues/problems with juvenile justice
   A. Statistics
   B. Investigation
   C. Male vs. female offenders
   D. Current trends
   E. Other
VII. Media and social media
   A. Role
   B. Political/social importance
   C. Other
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: February 25, 2020

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