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][ Streng thening our communit y through education and awareness ][Report from the Mercyhurst College Civic Institute Inside the Report
Adolescent Brain Development
Adolescent Brain Development
and the Criminal Justice System
• Culpability
• Competence
• AmenabilityUpcoming Events
Mercyhurst College Criminal
Justice Conference and James V.
Kinnane Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Speaker: Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D.
See insert for additional informationThe purpose of the
Mercyhurst Civic Institute
• Enhance and facilitate citizen
participation in decision-making.
• Provide high-quality, objective information to
assist local decision-making.
• Convene community forums that encourage
reasoned reflection and free
and open discussion of regional issues.
• Educate the Erie community and
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania about
various issues through Institute reports and
publications.
• Foster human networks that enhance
communication, link resources,
strengthen community participation
and build social capital.
• Promote research, learning, teaching
and service opportunities for the Mercyhurst
community.Vol.2, Issue 2 September 2010Less Capable Brain, Less Culpable TeenBy: Kristen BurilloThere may be perfectly good, scientific, research-based,The research on adolescent brain development hasbiological, developmental explanations for whybeen utilized to inform decisions within the criminalthose teenagers you know are impulsive, emotional,justice system. Adolescents’ developing cognitivegiving into peer pressure, not thinking about theabilities have raised questions about their culpability,future, unconcerned with consequences, and takingcompetence, and amenability. Key court decisionsa lot of risks 1. Blame it on their brains. Researchhave been informed from the research in this area. Foris increasingly showing that adolescent behaviors…