- Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach
- Recent findings from research on adolescent development, and particularly increasing knowledge about the adolescent brain, have led to deep and growing concerns about the treatment of juveniles in the nation’s justice system. There is a fundamental disconnect between what is now known about the characteristic features of adolescents and the apparent assumptions of that system. One reflection of that disconnect is a recent series of decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court forbidding the most severe penalties for adolescent offenders, especially the death penalty. There has also been a wide range of reforms in the administration of juvenile justice over the past 15 years, some of which reflect the emerging knowledge about adolescents and some of which do not.
- Research Report
Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency:
- Juvenile Competency Legislation - Updates
- MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice - visit website