VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE AJP 378 Juvenile Justice Mary J. Clement, JD/MSW, Ph.D. Law and Process 816 W. Franklin St., 2nd Floor (804) 828-1050
DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE
Examines the juvenile court as an institution: its jurisdiction and procedures. Considers intake, pre-trial diversion and hearings, as well as rights and liabilities of the delinquent, dependent and neglected child. Contrasts juvenile and adult (criminal) law; projects future impact of the court.
(1) delinquency (2) abuse and neglect (3) status offenses d.family law
(1) custody (2) support (3) termination of parental rights
briefing law cases.
Juvenile Justice System, Law and Process by Dr. Mary Clement. Available at:
EQUALITY OF EDUCATION:
For any students having a disability of any kind which requires accommodation, I am willing to make reasonable accommodations in instruction and/or testing. Please let me know of your needs by the first week of February.
This course includes several types of learning experiences. All questions for the written examinations will be taken from the class lectures, discussions, guest speakers, movies and assigned readings. Objective questions and essay questions will be used. You will have a mock sample test given in one of your classes before the real first exam. The experience of a mock exam will give you greater certainty on how to study.
from the law cases in the book
which you choose.
Grades are awarded on the following points:
A= 290-261 pts. B= 260-232 pts. C= 231-203 pts. D= Opps!
This course both in the written materials and class lecture
will discuss sensitive materials as it relates to children. Be
aware that some very inhumane things are done to children. If any
of this material upsets you, please talk with me after class.
COURSE OUTLINE (TENTATIVE PLAN OF ACTION)
WEEK TOPIC METHOD READING
1 Introduction Text, ch.1 First Assignment: 1. legal brief HOW TO BRIEF (See Attachment C for directions and model. Your first case will be assigned from Chap. 1.) 2 History of Juvenile Treatment Text, ch. 1 Video-tape Library tour 3 Landmark cases DebatesText, ch.1 All students are to read all four cases and then chose to present the majority and minority opinions in the form of a debate. We may call this a mock "Supreme Court."
Developmental Stages of Children Text, ch. 2
5 Search, Seizure, Interroga- Guest Speaker Text, ch. 3
tion, and Investigation
6-7 Process for Criminal Youth Videotapes Text, ch. 4 Waiver/Death Penalty
8 MIDTERM EXAM MARCH 7 (DAY STUDENTS) MARCH 8 (EVENING)
9 Child Abuse and Neglect Slide Show Text, ch. 5
10 Sexual Abuse VideotapeText, ch. 5
11 Alcoholic Families Guest Speaker
12 Crimes Against Children Text, ch. 6
13 Child Custody, Support Lecture Text, ch. 7 Videotape:Parental Kidnapping 14 Termination of Parental Mock Trial Text, ch. 7 Rights
15 Final Week
May 2 Last day for the day students May 3 Last evening for the evening students DAY STUDENTS: FINAL, MAY 9 AT 9:00 A.M. EVENING STUDENTS: FINAL, MAY 10 AT 4:00 P.M.