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Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how the law treated children in colonial North America.

  2. Compare and contrast the stated purpose of houses of refuge with their actual operation.

  3. Summarize the history and purpose of the juvenile court.

  4. Explain benefits and critiques of the modern juvenile justice system.

  5. List and briefly describe the types of youths whom the juvenile justice system is responsible for.

  6. Briefly outline the stages of the juvenile justice system.

  7. Examine why belonging to a youth gang is a predictor of chronic delinquency.

  8. Classify the four types of public facilities in which youths may be incarcerated.

  9. Give reasons supporting and criticizing the process of waiver to criminal court.

  10. Identify some trends that are likely to influence how society may deal with youths in coming decades.

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