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RICHARD J. BONNIE, University of Virginia - School of Law
ANDRE DAVIS, US Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
DAVID L. FAIGMAN, University of California Hastings College of the Law
MORRIS B. HOFFMAN, Second Judicial District Court Judge, State of Colorado
OWEN D. JONES, Vanderbilt University - Law School & Dept. of Biological Sciences
READ MONTAGUE, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
STEPHEN MORSE, University of Pennsylvania Law School
MARCUS E. RAICHLE, Washington University School of Medicine
JENNIFER A. RICHESON, Yale University - Department of Psychology
ELIZABETH S. SCOTT, Columbia University - Law School
LAURENCE STEINBERG, Temple University
KIM A. TAYLOR-THOMPSON, New York University School of Law
ANTHONY D. WAGNER, Stanford University - Psychology
A growing body of research on adolescent development now confirms that teenagers are indeed inherently different from adults, not only in their behaviors, but also (and of course relatedly) in the ways their brains function. These findings have influenced a series of Supreme Court decisions relating to the treatment of adolescents, and have led legislators and other policymakers across the country to adopt a range of developmentally informed justice policies.
New research is showing distinct changes in the brains of young adults, ages 18 to 21, suggesting that they too may be immature in ways that are relevant to justice policy. This knowledge brief from the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience considers the implications of this new research.