Week 1 Discussion

For the first discussion of the course, introduce yourself to your peers by sharing something unique about your background. Explain how you expect this course will help you move forward in your current or future career.

Then, address the following:

  • African-American juveniles account for a disproportionate amount of all juvenile arrests for serious crimes. However, white juveniles are arrested more often than African-American youths. Furthermore, self-reports indicate that African-American and white juveniles commit similar amounts of delinquency and youths from lower economic classes are more likely to commit serious offenses.
    • What would these facts mean to you if you were working as a juvenile justice professional?
    • Who is the typical juvenile offender?
    • What are the most common delinquent acts that children are charged with?

Be sure to respond to at least one of your classmates’ posts.

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