Expanding the Age of Adolescence: Implications for Criminal Justice Reform

In this article, PhD student Stephen Braren discusses expanding the period of time in which a person is considered an adolescent from ages 10-19 to 10-24, and the implications this could have on the juvenile justice system. He argues that advances in scientific research support this re-definition, with neuroimaging studies showing that key areas of the brain, involved in things like decision-making and emotion regulation, are still maturing in adolescence. In this article Stephen calls for support of the idea that science informs policy for the better.

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