Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CJA 114
Course Title:
Introduction to Juvenile Process
Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture/Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:
Special Fee:

Course Description

Introduces history and philosophies of juvenile adjudication and corrections. Covers current programs in Oregon available to juveniles who are or have been involved in the justice system. Provides a focus on integrating theories of causation, juvenile law, and procedural requirements. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121 (or instructor permission). Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Students participating in this course will study some of the more common problems facing today's juveniles, emphasizing the characteristics of juvenile delinquency and deviant behavior. Students will review the major theories of juvenile delinquency and treatment strategies for various childhood and adolescent problems. Included within the course is the historical and contemporary aspects of the juvenile offender. In addition, the students will study the juvenile court structure and functions, as well as juvenile law and the legal process.

Intended Outcomes for the course

At the completion of this course, the student will be able to

  • Interact with juveniles in the justice system with the ability to identify delinquent characteristics.
  • Direct youth to community facilities that provide intervention for high-risk juveniles.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to assess student performance and progress, as well as the criteria for the student's final grade. Methods of assessment will include the following: examination, quizzes, an interview assignment report, research papers, class participation, oral presentations and demonstration of interviewing/counseling skills.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

This course will address topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • The History of The Juvenile Justice System
  • The Defining and Measuring of Offenses By and Against Juveniles
  • The Characteristics of Juvenile Delinquents and Offenders
  • The Theories of Causes For Deviant Juvenile Behavior
  • The Purpose and Scope of Juvenile Court Legislation
  • The Key Figures Surrounding Juvenile Justice Proceedings
  • The Relationships Between Juveniles and the Police
  • The Prevention and Diversion Programs For Juveniles
  • The Disposition (Sentencing) Alternatives
  • The History and Theories of Juvenile Gangs
  • The Goals Of Corrections and Their Application
  • The Programs That Help ADHD, Mental Health and Geriatric Clients
  • The Use of Unique Counseling Techniques For Special Needs Clients
  • The Use of Prevention Programs For Suicide and Self-Destructive Behaviors