Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

ADJ 261 - The Youthful Offender

Course Description

An in-depth study of factors that relate to juvenile delinquency, prevention, treatment and control; a multi-disciplinary orientation. The most popular interdisciplinary issues, ideas, principles and assumptions pertaining to delinquency are presented, as well as the duties, responsibilities and functions of the agencies in the criminal justice system that deal with the juvenile delinquent.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Trace the history of the development of the concept of the delinquent child from World War II to the present.
Demonstrate that delinquency has social, psychological and legal causes.
Identify, describe and justify the major programs and processes that have been established by delinquency law.
Analyze the concept of the Youth Services Bureau.
Evaluate the legally required and discretionary responses of law enforcement agencies when dealing with the juvenile.
Trace the juvenile justice process from police contact through the various stages of intake, pre-disposition investigation, the family court hearings, disposition and confinement.
Analyze the strengths and weakness of incarcerating the adjudicated delinquent.
Assess the value of present after-care strategies.
Evaluate contemporary and future issues relevant to delinquency.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: ADJ 241