Kids, Crime & Race: Juvenile Justice in America

LSJ 490

How widespread is juvenile crime? What is the purpose of the juvenile justice system? Is the system discriminatory? This course will explore these and other important, related societal questions.

Course Curriculum and Features

From the first juvenile court, established during the Progressive Era of the early 1900s, to today’s discussion of the school-to-prison pipeline, we’ll dive into the history of this system. Along the way you’ll examine a variety of controversial topics, including gangs, “super predators,” the transfer of juvenile offenders to adult court, solitary confinement, and the juvenile death penalty. We’ll also focus on the role of race and poverty in juvenile justice. Finally, we’ll learn about alternative responses to juvenile crime, including mental health treatment programs and restorative justice policies

Designed For

Those interested in sociology, psychology, law and society, political science or history, along with those who are interested in professions that work with youth (such as social work and education) or are related to political justice and law enforcement.


William Vesneski
Lecturer, School of Social Work

Aug 21–Sep 14, 2018

UW Seattle
9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.