Scholars Discuss Role of Neuroscience in Youth Criminal Justice

A panel of legal and medical scholars and practitioners agreed in a panel discussion on Monday night that the American criminal justice system does not give adequate consideration to the cognitive underdevelopment of adolescents. The death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the American student who carried out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, served as a preface for the discussion. A standing-room-only crowd of approximately 100 people packed the Wasserstein Hall classroom at the Law School for the discussion entitled “From Troubled Teens to Tsarnaev: Promises and Perils of Adolescent Neuroscience and Law.” The event, hosted by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at the Law School, was the Center’s first of the year. I. Glenn Cohen, law professor, moderates a panel discussing our growing knowledge of the…

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