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docConference Agenda
This is the agenda for the Bringing Research to Policy and Practice conference.


docExecutive Summary: Changing Lives

docExecutive Summary: American Travesty

docExecutive Summary: Changing Borders of Juvenile Justice

docExecutive Summary: Double Jeopardy

docExecutive Summary: Youth On Trial

docIssue Brief #1: Adolescent Legal Competence in Court
This brief details findings from the first comprehensive assessment of juvenile capacities to participate in criminal proceedings using measures of both trial-related abilities and developmental maturity.

docIssue Brief #2: Creating Turning Points for Serious Adolescent Offenders: Research in Pathways to Desistance
This brief presents findings from several ongoing analyses of the Pathways to Desistance Study data. The study follows a large group of serious juvenile offenders for eight years in Phoenix and Philadelphia.

docIssue Brief #3: Less Guilty by Reason of Adolescence
Should developmental maturity be added to the list of mitigating factors? Should juveniles, in general, be treated more leniently than adults? A major atudy by the Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice now provides strong evidence that the answer is yes.

docIssue Brief #4: Assessing Juvenile Psychopathy: Developmental and Legal Implications
The Network has supported research examining the course of psychopathy from adolescence into adulthood, asking in essence: once a psychopath, always a psychopath?

docIssue Brief #5: The Changing Borders of Juvenile Justice: Transfer of Adolescents to the Adult Criminal Court
Network researchers have examined whether the prosecution of adolescents as adults reduces crime and recidivism. Their research capitalizes on unique conditions in the New York City region, where the laws of two states, New York State and New Jersey, span the border of single metropolitan area. They find that adolescents processed in the New York adult courts were more likely to be re-arrested, they were re-arrested more often and more quickly and for more serious offenses, and they were re-incarcerated at higher rates than those in the New Jersey juvenile courts. The results suggest that harsher sentences and adult punishment are ineffective deterrents to crime among the juveniles in this sample.

docNetwork Member Bibliography 1996-2001

docNetwork Member Bibliography 1996-2005

docNetwork Member Bibliography 2002

docNetwork Member Bibliography 2003

docPPT: Costs and Benefits of Rehabilitation

docPPT: Youths? Capacities as Decision-Makers in the Adjudicative Process

docPPT: Adolescent Development and Criminal Blameworthiness

docPPT: Adolescent Development and Legal Policy

docPPT: Caretaker's Roles in the Protection of Youths' Rights

docPPT: Clinical Evaluation of Juveniles' Competence

docPPT: Disproportionate Minority Confinement

docPPT: Juvenile Psychopathy

docPPT: Police Questioning of Juveniles

docPPT: Research on Pathways to Desistance