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Juvenile Justice

  • Typically offered every other year

This class is intended to help you develop an understanding of the legal, political and practice issues around youth involved in the justice system – alongside young people who are currently incarcerated in Oregon. Topics of focus will include the history of juvenile justice in the United States, juvenile court processes and dispositions, and constitutional issues applied to youth. We will also discuss a variety of related issues racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system; adolescent brain science and the developmental approach, and the application of the rights of crime victims in juvenile matters.

NOTE: To enhance this learning opportunity for law students, this class will be held at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon and will be open to undergraduate students committed to the custody of the Oregon Youth Authority. Class will be held from 9:00am to 11:00 am on Fridays and will be evaluated by a series of short reflection papers, class participation and a final paper.