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Reforming Juvenile Justice
A Developmental Approach
   

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The past decade has seen an explosion of knowledge about adolescent development and the neurological underpinnings of adolescent behavior.  Much has also been learned about the pathways by which adolescents become delinquent, the effectiveness of prevention and treatment programs, and the long-term effects of transferring youths to the adult system and confining them in harsh conditions.

 

These findings have raised doubts about the wisdom and effectiveness of laws passed in the 1990s that criminalized many juvenile offenses and led more youths to be tried as adults.  Some jurisdictions have already taken significant steps to reverse these policies and to overhaul their juvenile justice system.

 

The report, Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach, aims to consolidate the progress that has been made in both science and policymaking and establish a strong platform for a 21st century juvenile justice system.  It takes an in-depth look at evidence on adolescent development and on effective responses to adolescent offending.

 

The report concludes that changes are needed if the juvenile justice system is to meet its aims of holding adolescents accountable, preventing reoffending, and treating them fairly.

 

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Public Briefing - June 10, 2013

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This report, released in November 2012, takes an in-depth look at evidence on adolescent development and on effective responses to adolescent offending. It concludes that changes are needed if the juvenile justice system is to meet its aims of holding adolescents accountable, preventing reoffending, and treating them fairly. This report was featured in a number of news articles.

Guest Author: Experts Call for Juvenile Justice System Overhaul – The Youth Project (December 6, 2013)

Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach – National Institute of Corrections (April 3, 2013)

The Juvenile Brain: Adolescent Behavior and Brain Research – Strategies for Youth: Connecting Cops & Kids (February 2013)

Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach – Juvenile & Family Justice Today (Winter 2013)

A New Report from the National Research Council Sheds Light on Developmental Competency Among Juveniles — Mental Competency (November 26, 2012)

National Resources: Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach – Michigan Juvenile Justice Collaborative

OP-ED: The Adolescent Brain and Substance Abuse: Looking the Elephant in the EyeChildren and the Law Blog

Juvenile Justice Reports & PapersCriminal Defense Issues

Juvenile Justice Resource GuideNational Center for State Courts



 

 

   
   

 


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