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Reforming Juvenile Justice

Should teens who murder be treated as adults?

by Christina L. Lyons
September 11, 2015

Americans have “a deep cultural instinct to punish as a way of changing behavior,” says Jeffrey Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. “And most people making decisions about policy are thinking about someone else’s kid,” not their own.

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