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Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach

Richard J. Bonnie, Robert L. Johnson, Betty M. Chemers, and Julie A. Schuck

This research illustrates on the development of adolescents and how this development can affect their criminal behavior, making them more prone to commit crimes at a young age but not once they mature. The book determines that adolescents are more sensitive to external influences such as peer pressure and immediate rewards. Adolescents are less able to regulate their own behavior in emotionally charged contexts. Adolescents show less ability to make judgments and decisions that require future orientation.