CJS6820 Understanding Corrections/Juvenile Justice Institutions

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Prof. Tari Colon

Course Description:

The course will examine in depth the nature of the juvenile justice system. The major topics include the role of the family, the school, and peers in promoting delinquency. The course will examine and evaluate juvenile justice policies and programs. The course will analyze and evaluate the nature and degree of delinquency, theories of delinquency, research and reasons of delinquency, and the control and prevention of delinquency through programs and institutions.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Any minister, lay leader, or mission minded believer engaging persons who have a criminal conviction will inevitably ask themselves questions related to the correctional system, specifically the juvenile justice system. Those within the criminal justice profession seeking to live out a missional calling through their work would benefit from a structured and guided engagement about juvenile justice. The topic regarding how to address and reduce juvenile delinquency while providing consequences for delinquent behavior is a topic that affects all in society. Due to the current state, members of the community would benefit a better understanding of and knowledge of juvenile justice.

Why This Course Is Important:

The juvenile justice system has far-reaching application. The outlook on crime prevention and control, the emphasis on making community members active participants in the process of problem solving, and juvenile justice administrators’ s role in corrections require changes within juvenile justice-corrections’ organizations. By offering services and programs during adolescence and providing alternatives to incarceration, the juvenile delinquency rate could be greatly impacted. Those that commit crimes as juveniles are more likely to commit crimes as adults. The average onset for gang membership is fifteen years of age, drug use- sixteen years of age and drug dealing- seventeen years of age. This application of serving our youth has long been explored in the Christian faith. It would benefit the larger mission of God for mission-minded individuals with training in criminal justice as well as community members to become active with the juvenile justice-correctional system.