The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that age must be considered by law enforcement in determining whether Miranda warnings must be given to children during police interrogations. The Juvenile Law Center, a recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, played a key role in the case, filing amicus briefs on behalf of the plaintiff. Citing research by the MacArthur Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice, those briefs demonstrated that kids are different from adults and so should be treated differently under the law.

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