Kids Will Be Kids
This concluding chapter discusses how the experiment in juvenile justice undertaken by the Manhattan Youth Part provides a model for responding to serious adolescent lawbreakers—a model that holds youths accountable for their actions, allows for consideration of the reality of their youthfulness and their often troubled lives, and brings a measure of humanity to the practice of justice. It also examines how this model is spreading to other states, with some of them already implementing limited legislative alterations to transfer law. These efforts are a strong indication that the pendulum may have begun to swing away from over-reactive, retributive policies and back toward more reasoned and rehabilitation-centered approaches to adolescent offending which began at the Manhattan Youth Part.
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