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Young Brains and The Law

The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, based at the Vanderbilt University Law School, has just released a new knowledge brief, How Should Justice Policy Treat Young Offenders?, which details recent research and policy advances related to adolescent and young adult brain development.

Research on adolescent development has shown that teenagers not only differ from adults in their behaviors, but also in the ways their brains function. These findings have begun to filter through to the legal system and are being considered in decisions relating to the treatment of adolescents as well as individuals considered young adults up to their early twenties, with research also indicating that they too may be immature in ways that are relevant to justice policy.This knowledge brief considers the implications of this new research in the legal context.

Last modified onThursday, 28 September 2017 10:03