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CJ 475 Intervention Policies in Juvenile Justice

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, CJ 300, or consent on instructor.

Description: Critical examination of juvenile justice treatment and intervention policies over the past 200 years. Special emphasis on contemporary systems of care and revolutionizing practices.

Units: 3

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Course Outline

Instructor: Daniel Macallair                                                                    
Office: HSS 236
Class location: HSS 259
Office Hours: Saturday 12:00-2:00 (or by appointment)
Phone #: 415/621-5661 ext 111

Course Description

The juvenile justice system of the 21st century is confronting unprecedented challenges. Buffeted by controversy and criticism over its historic failure to deliver on its founding principles of rehabilitation, the system’s approach to treating youth in its custody is now undergoing unprecedented changes.

This course critically examines the development of juvenile justice intervention policies and institutional practices with a primary focus on California. Special emphasis is placed on historical development, and emerging approaches to systems reform. Class lectures will examine challenges to system reform and various strategies and approaches for overcoming those challenges. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the historic structural failures within the juvenile justice system and how modern system designs and treatment methods can produce a more effective system.

Course Format

The primary instructional method is lecture and discussion. Lectures and discussions are supplemented with videos and guest lectures. Students are expected to read and consider assigned readings prior to each class. Students are strongly encouraged to express their views. View the class slides >>

Required Reading

The following books are required.

  • Last One Over the Wall, Jerome G. Miller.            

Provided by Instructor:

  • The House of Corrections for Boys in the Hospice of Saint Michael in Rome, Thorsten Sellin  
  • Juvenile Justice Reform: An Historical Perspective. Sanford Fox
  • San Francisco Industrial School. Daniel Macallair
  • From the Mexican California Frontier to Arnold-Kennick, Diane Nunn, Christine Cleary
  • Protecting our Children: A History of the California Youth Authority and Juvenile Justice 1938-1968, Laura Mihailoff
  • Transfer of Juveniles to Adult Court: Effects of a Broad Policy in One Court , Mulvey and Schubert
  • Bodily Harm: The Pattern of Fear and Violence at the California Youth Authority, Steve Lerner
  • Juvenile Justice Reform: Realigning Responsibilities, Little Hoover Commission
  • Closing California’s Division of Juvenile Facilities:An Analysis of County Institutional Capacity, Macallair, Males, &       McCracken        
  • Resolution, Reinvestment, and Realignment: Three Strategies for Changing Juvenile Justice, Jeffrey Butts
  • No Place For Kids:The Case For Reducing Juvenile Incarceration, Anne Casey Foundation

Schedule of Readings

View the reading assignments and topics by date>>
Please read the assigned materials prior to the class.


Grades are based on three objective exams (Exams must be taken on the day they are administered). View the optional extra credit writing project >>

Office Hours

Instructor office hours are detailed above. Additional times can be arranged by appointment.

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