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JUVENILE JUSTICE      CRCJ3338      Spring 2005 

Instructor:                                                                   Course information:

Dr. Shari Julian                                               `           Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Office: 324 University Hall                                         9:00 to 9:50 A.M.

Phone: 817-272-3318                                                Room UH 102

Message center: 817-267-1510                               Office Hours: (or by appointment)

Email: sjulian@uta.edu                                              Monday & Wednesday

sharijulian@charter.net                                              11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.                                                                             

Course Materials:

The following textbook is required:

The Juvenile Justice System, (fourth edition). Dean John Champion

The student is required to provide a minimum of 15 articles to illustrate recognition of issues pertaining to the subject of juvenile justice. THIS WORKS OUT TO A MINIMUM OF 1 PER WEEK. These articles will be from credible sources. Academic Journals and databases, professional journals, newspapers, and web sites of valid news organizations are examples of credible sources. A bibliography must be included for multiple articles submitted simultaneously and all papers will be stapled in the top left corner with the studentís name and course number and designation prominently displayed on the top of each page. No credit will be given for any article without a name and course designation.

On occasion, the student will also be supplied with copies of articles provided by the instructor as an introduction to that dayís lecture. These articles do not count toward the studentís total of submitted articles.

My Website:

The CRCJ Department of UTA maintains web space for all faculty. My space can be accessed by going to the UTA web site and clicking on Academics & Research/ Colleges, Schools & Departments/ Criminology & Criminal Justice/ Faculty/ Shari Julian. You will find articles, resources and web links to valuable information sources necessary to get the most out of this course. I encourage you to access these materials.

Course Description:

An overview of the American juvenile justice system will be provided with an emphasis on contemporary themes of the different aspects including; school violence, drugs, and psychologically disturbed youths. We will explore the juvenile justice system from arrest through intake, prosecution, adjudication, and dispositions. Also covered are the Organization, processes, and functions of the juvenile justice system in the United States, its historical antecedents, and contemporary challenges.  Consideration is also given to sociopolitical factors in juvenile justice decision-making.


Any student who requires a special accommodation due to a disability, or if you have emergency health information, please notify the instructor and we will make every effort to meet your needs.

Course Objectives:

Exposure to the various aspects of the juvenile justice system will give the student a working knowledge of societyís efforts to deal with juvenile crime and young criminals. The students should be able to discuss the current methods of juvenile crime control, the differences between the juvenile and adult systems, the political aspects of juvenile justice, and have an understanding of the historical aspects.


Attendance is required and a grade is given for daily participation. Students who fail to attend a minimum of 75% of the scheduled classes will be deficient in participation and as a result will have their final grade dropped by 1 letter grade. In the event that a class is missed the student is still responsible for the dayís materials as well as any reading or homework assignments. It is suggested that class notes be obtained from a fellow student with their permission. The instructorís class notes will not be available for copying.


This class is going to feature several prominent guest speakers. It is important that we present a professional attitude and respect for their time and contribution. Therefore it is important to be on time and seated when class begins. Late arrivals will not be seated after the speaker begins their program.

Pop Quizzes:

There will be many short pop quizzes at the start of class. These will be during the first 5 minutes of class. Late arrivals will not be allowed to take the quiz. This will be reflected in the daily grades. Have a sheet of paper with your name and the date on top and a writing utensil ready. The quizzes will be covering the reading assignment due for that dayís class.

Academic Integrity:

Plagiarism is strictly forbidden by University policy and described in the 2003-2005 Undergraduate Catalog on page 35 as well as at http://www.uta.edu/studentaffairs/judicialaffairs/academic_integrity.php. Any instances of plagiarism will be reported to the Departmental Chairman and will be dealt with according to University policy.

Course Requirements and Grading:

Students are expected to complete the reading assignments by the scheduled class meeting and are responsible for the material covered in the text and class notes. All assignments will be turned in on time. Tests will be taken as scheduled. Evidence of a valid reason will be required for permission to take a make up test. Valid reasons include: A death in the family, doctorís appointment or hospitalization. A phone call or voice message PRIOR to missing the test goes a long way in establishing legitimacy.

Grading Format:






Every effort will be made to adhere to the attached schedule. In the event that changes occur they will be announced during class.

COURSE SCHEDULE:                Lecture & Reading Assignment:

Week 1-

Wednesday, January 19, 2005                      Class business, text identification, Class Meet and Greet, Overview

Friday, January 21                                           Overview continued, Read Chapters 1 & 2 for Monday                                                                       

Week 2-

Monday, January 24, 2005                             Chapter 1- An Introduction to Juvenile Justice in the United States

Wednesday, January 26, 2005                     Chapter 1- continued                                                 

Friday, January 28, 2005                                Chapter 1- continued 

Week 3-

Monday, January 31, 2005                             Chapter 2- Measuring Delinquency    

Wednesday, February 2, 2005                      Chapter 2- continued                        

Friday, February 4, 2005                                Chapter 2- continued 

Week 4-

Monday, February 7, 2005                             Chapter 3- Theories of Delinquency 

Wednesday, February 9, 2005                      Chapter 3- continued            

Friday, February 11, 2005                              Chapter 3- continued 

Week 5-

Monday, February 14, 2005                           Chapter 4- An Overview of the Juvenile Justice System

Wednesday, February 16, 2005                    Chapter 4- continued 

Friday, February 18, 2005                              Chapter 4- continued

Week 6-

Monday, February 21, 2005                           Chapter 5- The Legal Rights of Juveniles 

Wednesday, February 23, 2005                    Chapter 5- continued 

Friday, February 25, 2005                              Chapter 5- continued 

Week 7-

Monday, February 28, 2005                           Chapter 6- Juveniles and the Police 

Wednesday, March 2, 2005                           Chapter 6- continued 

Friday, March 4, 2005                                     Chapter 6- continued 

Week 8-

Monday, March 7, 2009                                  Chapter 7- Intake and Pre-adjudicatory Processing 

Wednesday, March 9, 2005                           Review for Midterm Exam 

Friday, March 11, 2005                                   Midterm Exam:  

Week of March 14-18, 2005                          Spring Break 

Week 9-

Monday, March 21, 2005                               Chapter 8- Prosecutorial Decision Making in Juvenile Justice

Wednesday, March 23, 2005                        Chapter 8- continued 

Friday, March 25, 2005                                  Chapter 8- continued 

Week 10-

Monday, March 28, 2005                               Chapter 9- Classification and Preliminary Treatment

Wednesday, March 30, 2005                        Chapter 9- continued 

Friday, April 1, 2005                                       Chapter 9- continued 

Week 11-

Monday, April 4, 2005                                     Chapter 10- The Adjudicatory Process  

Wednesday, April 6, 2005                              Chapter 10- continued 

Friday, April 8, 2005                                        Chapter 10- continued 

Week 12-                     

Monday, April 11, 2005                                  Chapter 11- Nominal Sanctions 

Wednesday, April 13, 2005                           Chapter 11- continued                        

Friday, April 15, 2005                                     Chapter 11- continued 

Week 13-

Monday, April 18, 2005                                  Chapter 12- Juvenile Probation and Community-Based Corrections                                         

Wednesday, April 20, 2005                           Chapter 12- continued 

Friday, April 22, 2005                                     Chapter 12- continued 

Week 14-

Monday, April 25, 2005                                  Chapter 13- Juvenile Corrections                                                                       

Wednesday, April 27, 2005                           Chapter 13- continued 

Friday, April 29, 2005                                     Chapter 13- continued    

Week 15-

Monday, May 2, 2005                                     Wrap up 

Wednesday, May 5, 2005                              Review 

Friday, May 6, 2005                                        Final Exam