Learning Objectives

  1. To understand the origins of the juvenile justice system.
  2. To be able to discuss the factors that led to the juvenile justice system reforms in Massachusetts.
  3. To understand the impetus for the passage of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974.
  4. To gain an overview of the current juvenile system.
  5. To discuss differential treatment based on gender, race, or ethnicity.
  6. To name several important ways that juvenile and adult facilities are different.
  7. To grasp the basics of the measurement of youth program effectiveness.
  8. To be able to discuss programs such as boot camps and how their effectiveness should be determined.