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The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity in the Justice System
Our understanding of adolescence has fundamentally changed over the past several decades. New research highlights the diminished culpability of adolescent offenders and their potential responsiveness to preventive interventions based on evidence-based risk- and needs-assessments. Our new understanding creates an unprecedented opportunity for our society to reimagine and redesign the systems and policies that affect adolescents in the justice system.

In this webinar, we explore the ways in which the justice sector—including the juvenile and criminal justice systems—can better incorporate new understandings of adolescent development into its practices and policies. Two members of the expert committee that authored The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for all Youth, Beth Cauffman (University of California, Irvine) and Susan Mangold (Juvenile Law Center) will explore adolescent development science and opportunities for continued reform in the justice sector. Practitioners, advocates, researchers, parents, and adolescents are encouraged to register. To learn more about the report visit the project webpage (https://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/BCYF/Adolescent-Development/index.htm). Contact Dara Shefska (dshefska@nas.edu) with questions.

Jan 29, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Beth Cauffman, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychological Science, Education and Law @University of California, Irvine
ELIZABETH CAUFFMAN is a professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine, (UCI), where she also holds courtesy appointments in the School of Education and the School of Law. At the broadest level, Dr. Cauffman’s research addresses the intersection between adolescent development and juvenile justice. She has published widely on a range of topics in the study of contemporary adolescence, including adolescent brain development, risk-taking and decision-making, parent-adolescent relationships, and juvenile justice. She holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Temple University.
Susan V. Mangold, Esq.
CEO @Juvenile Law Center
SUSAN VIVIAN MANGOLD is chief executive officer of Juvenile Law Center. She is professor emeritus at the University at Buffalo School of Law, where she taught for over 20 years and served as vice dean for academics, with a scholarly focus on children and the law. Ms. Mangold writes and speaks frequently on current issues impacting older youth in the justice and child welfare systems. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.