A blog of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section

Should 25 be the new 18? The debate over which children should be treated as adults within the criminal justice system is not new. What is new is medical research that shows that young brains are not necessarily done developing at age 18 or even at age 21, that there is a period of what scientists call “extended adolescence” that may be relevant in determining degrees of culpability among young offenders. Are policy makers ready to even considering “raising the age” beyond where it’s already been raised? Dana Goldstein has the latest in our “Justice Lab” series.

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