Congressional Quarterly Researcher

Juvenile justice – Are sentencing policies too harsh?

by Peter Katel

A counterweight, points out Butts of the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall Center for Children, is the vastly expanded state of knowledge about juveniles and effective programs. … “It has been helpful to show decision makers that there is verifiable, quantitative evidence that young people make decisions differently from adults. You can’t estimate someone’s level of cognitive development based on his birthday.”

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