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Juvenile Justice (LAW-795R-001)
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This course offers an opportunity to examine laws, policies and practices that impact youth charged with crimes in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Participants will explore contemporary issues addressed by attorneys and advocates protecting the rights of youth in these systems. Topics will include racial and ethnic disparities, conditions of confinement, efforts to reduce unnecessary use of incarceration, gender-specific needs, experience of LGBTQI youth, school to prison pipeline, transfer of youth to adult court, and right to counsel.
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No textbooks are required for this course. All course materials will be made available on MyWCL.
First Class Readings
1) Robert G. Schwartz, Juvenile Justice and Positive Youth Development, in Public Private Ventures, Youth Development: Issues, Challenges and Directions (2000); Pgs. 234-273
2) DC Lawyers for Youth, Parent Handbook (2010); Pgs. 37-60
3) Coalition for Juvenile Justice, A Pivotal Moment: Sustaining the Success and Enhancing the Future of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (2009); Pgs. 17-25
4) Selected provisions of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (Core Requirements and Relevant Definitions), 42 U.S.C. § 5601 et seq.
The syllabus is available in the following format(s):