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Juveniles and Punishment

Posted: 24 May 2011 Last revised: 28 Mar 2012

Oliver R. Goodenough

Vermont Law School

Date Written: May 24, 2011

Abstract

This talk examines how adults think about punishment of juveniles in light the work of Baird (2009), which suggests that adolescents need some space in which to make mistakes, a need deriving not only from a lack of brain development, but also from a lack of experience necessary to push that development along, and the work of Cushman et al. which explores the evolutionary and neural explanations for punishment as a teaching tool. It will suggest that the traditional, if conflicted, allowance of some license to youth is a sensible strategy for dealing with juvenile transgressions, and will describe possible experiments to better delineate adult attitudes and juvenile responses.

Suggested Citation

Goodenough, Oliver R., Juveniles and Punishment (May 24, 2011). Gruter Institute Squaw Valley Conference: Law, Institutions & Human Behavior, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1850769

Oliver R. Goodenough (Contact Author)

Vermont Law School ( email )

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P.O. Box 96
South Royalton, VT 05068
United States
802 831 1231 (Phone)

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