Juvenile Corrections – CJUS 321

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

Examines the extent to which juvenile correctional interventions are used. Provides an in-depth analysis of various correctional responses to juvenile offenders including diversion, community-based, and residential programs.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course provides the foundation for the specialization in Juvenile Corrections.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the components of the juvenile correctional system.
  2. Assess the effectiveness of current juvenile correctional praxis.
  3. Distinguish between the purposes of punishment; rehabilitation, deterrence, incapacitation and retribution in juvenile corrections.
  4. Examine the purposes and roles of juvenile corrections, intermediary sanctions, incarceration, probation, and parole.
  5. Integrate Biblical truths regarding punishment with modern application of juvenile corrections and punishment theory.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

There will be 5 opportunities for discussion participation on topics provided in Blackboard. Student participation is expected, and will be graded. The student must use proper etiquette in discussion as both quality and quantity count. Posts cannot be edited or removed, and file attachments are discouraged since they may slow up reading. For the thread, each student will present his or her own informed opinion on the assigned topic forums in at least a 300 word or more original essay (with citations to support their assertions for full credit to be possible). Later in the same module/week, the student will post 150 word or more responses to at least 2 other students’ posts (don’t let the minimums be your maximum: minimal participation means a minimally passing grade).

Critical Article Review

In Module/Week 4, the student will further develop their ability to assimilate and synthesize information. The student must find and critically review a scholarly, academic journal article on a topic related to one of the chapters in the textbook. The student may use an article referenced at the end of the chapters in the Siegel and Welsh text or they may find an article through the library’s periodical database. The critical article review will consist of 3–5 pages.

Compare/Contrast Paper

In Module/Week 6, the student will write a well-reasoned discussion of the comparisons and contrasts between two types of juvenile delinquency programs or correctional methods. The Compare/Contrast paper will consist of 5-7 pages.

Case Study

In Module/Week 7, the student will write a case study pertaining to a juvenile corrections issue in their jurisdiction. This case study is an opportunity for the student to apply their reading and what they have learned in this course to a real problem in their local jurisdiction. The basis of the case study can come from the facts from a recent judicial decision (last 5 years), an issue that their jurisdiction is facing in connection with youth offenders, or a news item pertaining to youth offenders. The student will then apply what they have learned in this course to propose a course of action appropriate to the context of the case/facts.

Exams (2)

There are two exams in this course, one in Module/Week 4 and one in Module/Week 8. Even though the questions are multiple-choice, they cannot simply be answered by looking up the answer in the readings. The student must think, reflect upon, and choose the best answer based on the readings. Exams are open-book/open-notes, but are not to be collaborated on with anyone. Exam 1 is 50 questions and has a 2 hour time limit and Exam 2 is 100 questions and has a 3 hour time limit.

Video Cases (16)

Each week students will watch a brief video and answer a few multiple choice questions related to the video.