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

First Term: 2023 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. Discuss the history of delinquency and past methods of treatment applied to juvenile offenders. (I)
2. Describe the fundamental philosophy and objectives of the modern-day juvenile justice system. (II)
3. Outline the organization of the juvenile justice system, including the court and juvenile court judges. (II)
4. Examine the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system. (II)
5. Illustrate the types and categories of juvenile offenders that come under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system. (II)
6. List the various alternatives available within the juvenile justice system for dealing with juveniles. (II)
7. Distinguish between juvenile and adult law procedures. (III)
8. Explain the law as it relates to the segregation of juveniles from adults in custodial situations. (III)
9. Identify the main U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have affected the treatment of juveniles in the justice system. (III)
10. Categorize the appropriate police techniques for handling juvenile calls, complaints, and referrals. (IV)
11. Discuss detention procedures for juveniles. (V)
12. Describe the adjudication process as it relates to juveniles. (V)
13. Explain the dispositional hearing and the alternatives available to the juvenile court. (V)
14. Categorize current issues and problems as they relate to the juvenile justice system. (VI)
15. Appraise 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. Differences from adult law
      1. Criminal offenses
      2. Status offenses
   B. Segregation of juveniles
   C. Key Supreme Court decisions
      1. In re Gault
      2. Kent v. United States
      3. Breed v. Jones
      4. In re Winship
      5. Graham v. Florida
      6. Roper v. Simmons
      7. Miller v. Alabama
      8. Other
IV. Police interaction with juveniles
   A. Police role
      1. Techniques
      2. Investigation
   B. Police procedures and processes
      1. Discretion
      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. Factors involved in decision-making
      2. Probation
      3. Community treatment
      4. Institutional treatment
   E. Transfer to adult court
      1. Judicial waiver, statutory exclusion, direct file
      2. Discretionary, presumptive, and mandatory waivers
VI. Current issues/problems with juvenile justice
   A. Statistics
   B. Investigation
   C. Male vs. female juveniles
   D. LGBTQ juveniles
   E. Current trends
   F. Other
VII. Media and social media
   A. Role
   B. Political/social importance
   C. Other
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: February 28, 2023

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