Juvenile Law

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3 Credit Hours

Prerequisites: RCC*. Inquiry into the theory and practice of the juvenile justice system, including its historical development and current proposals for reform. Topics include the rationale of a separate system for children, the different bases of the juvenile court’s jurisdiction (delinquency, neglect, and abuse, status offenses), procedural issues in juvenile hearings, medical and reproductive rights of children (including abortion bypass, treatment of children, confidential relationships with professionals, sex change operations at birth, special needs). The complex interrelationship between the rights of children, parents, and the state is explored. Emphasis on constitutional issues.

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