Juvenile Injustice

Juvenile delinquency poses difficult and interesting problems for youth policy and criminal justice policy. This course looks at the misconduct of youths that brings them within the jurisdiction of the juvenile courts, and focuses on the complex problem of whether a youth will stay in the juvenile delinquency system or be waived and transferred to the adult criminal justice system. The course looks specifically at the legal, social, and policy determinations and implications of that decision and explores the intersection between legal and mental culpability that is critical to understanding the issue of waiver.