Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Adolescents, Maturity, And The Law

This article was written several years ago, tho NOT less important today, PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE, it IS so important to us ALL, in helping to "change" laws that govern "juvenile justice"
http://prospect.org/cs/articles?article=adolescents_maturity_and_the_law

(Excerpt)


This push to treat more kids as adults, however, is contradicted by new behavioral and biological research about maturity and criminal culpability, as well as evidence from the criminal-justice system about how adult court affects children. Brain development and the social psychological skills that it controls suggest that kids are actually immature far longer than we previously thought. My own research, and that of others, suggests that kids put into the adult system are likely to have worse outcomes.


REFERENCE...Ones of many websites discussing the brain development/maturity
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~news/releases/2006/02/06.html

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