Youth on Trial: A Developmental Perspective on Juvenile Justice / Edition 1

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In Youth on Trial, a wide range of leaders in developmental psychology and law combine their expertise to investigate the limitations of our youth policy—including the problematic trend of trying alleged juvenile criminals as adults.

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Are adolescents capable of standing trial in a courtroom? Are they developmentally ready to understand the Miranda warning, legal processes, and the Fifth Amendment? Are teens accused of a crime treated fairly by the legal system compared with the way adults are treated? How many adolescents accused of a crime suffer from mental problems, and should these problems be considered during sentencing? What are the developmental differences between adolescents of varying ages, and how do those differences influence their ability to understand right from wrong and consequences of crime? These questions and many others are answered by psychology and law experts in this collection of research findings by the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice. Most argue that the current legal system does not give much thought to the developmental aspects of adolescents. The authors intersperse stories about both troubled teens and unfair adults, such as a Texas legislator who "advocated executing eleven-year-olds because 'some of the kids that are growing up today... just aren't the Leave It to Beaver kids that I grew up with.' " This well-written, well-organized book flows easily and will be useful for scholars, young adult librarians who want to learn more about juvenile justice processes, and librarians collaborating with juvenile justice systems. For a more generic resource for teens themselves, refer to What Are My Rights? 95 Questions and Answers about Teens and the Law by Thomas A. Jacobs (Free Spirit, 1997/VOYA June 1998). Index. Illus. Charts. Source Notes. 2000, University of Chicago Press, 425p, Ages Adult. Reviewer: Sheila Anderson SOURCE:VOYA, June 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 2)
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Meet the Author

Thomas Grisso is a professor of psychiatry (clinical psychology) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Robert G. Schwartz is the executive director of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia.

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Table of Contents


Part I: A Developmental Perspective on Juvenile Justice
1 Developmental Psychology Goes to Court
2 Adolescent Development, Mental Disorders, and Decision making of Delinquent Youths

Part II:Adolescents' Capacities as Trial Defendants
3 Adjudicative Competence and Youthful Offenders
4 Juveniles' Waiver of Legal Rights:Confessions, Miranda, and the Right to Counsel
5 What We Know about Youths' Capacities as Trial Dependants
6 Researching Juveniles' Capacities as Dependants
7 Clinical and Forensic Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial in Juvenile Defendants
8 Youths' Trial Participation as Seen by Youths and Their Attorneys: An Exploration of Competence-Based Issues
9 The Role of Lawyers in Promoting Juveniles' Competence as Defendants

Part III:Culpability and Youths' Capacities
10 Penal Proportionality for the Young Offender:Notes on Immaturity, Capacity, and Diminished Responsibility
11 Criminal Responsibility in Adolescence: Lessons from Developmental Psychology
12 Researching Adolescents' Judgment and Culpability
13 The Social Cognitive(Attributional) Perspective on Culpability in Adolescent Offenders
14 Contexts of Choice by Adolescents in Criminal Events
15 Can the Courts Fairly Account for the Diminished Competence and Culpability of Juveniles? A Judge's Perspective

Subject Index
Author Index

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