Research Network on Adolescent Development & Juvenile Justice

Seeking to expand the base of knowledge about juvenile crime and delinquency; to disseminate that knowledge to professionals and the public; to improve decision making in the current system; and to prepare the way for the next generation of reform in juvenile justice policy and practice. Read more

About this Research Network

This network has received funding from 1997 to the present.

Network Chair

Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D.
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

Network Website

For additional information, contact Marnia Davis.


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"Friends Can Be Dangerous"

The New York Times
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"Wiser Justice for Juveniles"

The Times-Union
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"Kids Are Not Adults"

From State Legislatures
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Supreme Court Eliminates Mandatory Life Without Parole for Juveniles

U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juveniles may not be sentenced automatically to life without the possibility of parole for homicide. Related research by the MacArthur Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice was cited ... Read More 
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Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice

The juvenile justice system was founded nearly a century ago on what was then a revolutionary principle: Children are different from adults, and the justice system that deals with them should reflect these differences. Read More 

Teenage Brains

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Joseph Cocozza on Juvenile Justice

Joseph Cocozza, The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, on improving mental health services for youthful offenders. Watch Video