Criminalizing Adolescent Behavior — The Role of Prosecutors

Criminalizing Normal Adolescent Behavior in Communities of Color:  the Role of Prosecutors in Juvenile Justice Reform98 Cornell Law Review 383 (2013) by Kristin Henning discusses the overrepresentation of children of color in the juvenile justice system and the obligations of the prosecutors.  There is always going to be a tension between the prosecutors’ role in victims’ rights and public safety versus his or her discretion in processing cases involving juveniles of color.  However, as the emerging research about adolescent development and U.S. Supreme Court cases highlight the need to perhaps reframe the idea of adolescent culpability, Prof. Henning focuses on the racial and ethnic disparities that impact the charging phase in juvenile cases.  This key decision point can impact whether a child remains in juvenile court or is moved to criminal court jurisdiction, the severity of the delinquency allegations, and ultimately the disposition or sentence.

 

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