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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

Read the Fall 2013 student evaluations of this course >>

Course Outline

Class time: Thursday 7:00pm-9:45pm
Class location: HSS 246
Instructor: Daniel Macallair
Office: HSS 236
Office hours: Thursday 3:00pm-4:00pm and Saturday 1:00pm-2:00pm

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.

  • After the Doors were Locked: A History of Youth Corrections in California, Daniel Macallair
  • The House of Corrections for Boys in the Hospice of Saint Michael in Rome, Thorsten Sellin (provided by instructor)
  • Juvenile Justice Reform: An Historical Perspective. Sanford Fox (provided by instructor)
  • Resolution, Reinvestment, and Realignment: Three Strategies for Changing Juvenile Justice, Butts and Evans

Schedule of Readings

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


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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