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The latest on juvenile brain development and crime

This article by Elizabeth Scott, Natashal Duell and Laurence Steinberg  is one of the top downloads about criminal law on the SSRN this week. It looks at how a juvenile’s brain development and social environment affects his or her decision to engage in risky behavior and criminal activity. It responds to critics who note that all juveniles experience brain development but most don’t commit crimes. And it offers evidence to support more lenient sanctions for juveniles.

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