CRJ 206 Juvenile Justice System (3 credits)

The main focus of CRJ 206 will be Family Court proceedings. It will explore the circumstances surrounding what happens to a youngster from being taken into custody to adjudication and placement. It will cover the child's passage from detention through Family Court proceedings, i.e., intake, probation and referral to community agencies. Types of placements will be explored, i.e., public vs. private institutions, their criteria for accepting children and the need for follow-up counseling and/or family therapy upon the youth's release and return to society. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.