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NCJ Number: 83620 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Crime Prevention Curriculum - An Awareness Program for Eighth/Ninth Grade Students
Corporate Author: Ramsey Cty Criminal Justice Planning Dept
United States of America

St Paul Public Schools
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 266
Sponsoring Agency: Ramsey Cty Criminal Justice Planning Dept
St Paul, MN 55102
St Paul Co's, Inc
St Paul, MN 55102
St Paul Public Schools
St Paul, MN 55102
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Developed by public and private groups in St. Paul, Minn., this juvenile delinquency prevention curriculum first presents information on juvenile crime and the juvenile justice system to ninth graders and then has these students teach crime prevention to fourth graders.
Abstract: The curriculum is scheduled for a 12-week period as part of the social sciences program. The project begins with an orientation unit and then covers juvenile crimes of arson, vandalism, and shoplifting in weeks two through four. The next 3 weeks address law enforcement, the juvenile court, and juvenile corrections. After 2 weeks of preparation in elementary lesson planning and presentation, students spend the final weeks in peer teaching at neighborhood elementary schools. The course capitalizes on students' own experiences as victims of crime, rather than considering them culprits to be lectured on citizenship. The students also keep logs of their daily activities and are encouraged to take notes during class sessions. Curriculum features include a videotape of what happens to a juvenile caught robbing a gas station, field trips, speakers from the community, and discussions with victims of crime and law enforcement personnel on the effects of vandalism and other juvenile crimes. This curriculum guide outlines lesson plans for each week, lists vocabulary words which may be unfamiliar to students, and identifies instructional aids. Also provided are additional references, outlines for outside speakers, discussion questions, assignments, and evaluation questionnaires. Other suggestions focus on discussion groups, scheduling, evaluation, and teacher training.
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Curriculum; Juvenile delinquency prevention; School delinquency programs
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