Youth Offending and The Teen Brain

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The juvenile execution rate is low in the U.S. but there are still some countries that allow for youth to be killed. The brain of a teen compared to an adult’s brain is still growing and developing. “Research has shown that brains don’t look like an adult brain until the early to mid-twenties, so if your child is under 25, you are still in the teen zone.”(Ritvo, Eva M.D), so the brain is unsure on the decision making process. Immaturity is the key factor in most cases of juveniles. Juveniles are more easily to misunderstand the situations than an adult would. "The most surprising thing has been how much the teen brain is changing. By age six, the brain is already 95 percent of its adult size. But the gray matter, or thinking part of the brain, continues to thicken throughout childhood as the brain.” (Giedd, Jay). Information is processed differently in youth minds than adults, whose mind is fully developed and can process more efficiently and accurately. Youth see the world different from a grown up. Whereas an adult would worry about taxes and family problems, teens and young adults’ minds are more focus on partying, quick money, and getting the latest high. “Teenagers are capable of learning a lot, but the parts of their brains related to emotions and decision-making are still in the works. As their brains undergo rewiring, teenagers are particularly vulnerable to risky behavior, such as drinking and driving too fast.”(Giedd) teens that experiment with alcohol and drugs are effected with negative brain growth and development. The affects they have on development causes brain cells to be damaged or killed. Important cells that aren’t used properly has challenging effects on the teens processing facts. Juv... ... middle of paper ... ...iption/201306/parenting-and-the-amazing-teen-brain-part-1>. "Youth Court." Youth Offending: Factors that Contribute and how the System Responds -. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 May 2014. . Wilson, John. "Coordinating Council On Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention - November 2000." Coordinating Council On Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention - November 2000. N.p., 1 Nov. 2000. Web. 7 May 2014. . "Defense expert: Cristian Fernandez unable to fully comprehend or interpret Miranda." N.p., 1 July 2012. Web. 7 May 2014. .
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