Less guilty by reason of adolescence: developmental immaturity, diminished responsibility, and the juvenile death penalty.

  title={Less guilty by reason of adolescence: developmental immaturity, diminished responsibility, and the juvenile death penalty.},
  author={L. Steinberg and E. L. Scott},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  volume={58 12},
  • L. Steinberg, E. L. Scott
  • Published 2003
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The American psychologist
  • The authors use a developmental perspective to examine questions about the criminal culpability of juveniles and the juvenile death penalty. Under principles of criminal law, culpability is mitigated when the actor's decision-making capacity is diminished, when the criminal act was coerced, or when the act was out of character. The authors argue that juveniles should not be held to the same standards of criminal responsibility as adults, because adolescents' decision-making capacity is… CONTINUE READING
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