Temple professor finds juveniles may lack competence to stand trial
A significant proportion of children aged 15 and younger who are charged with a crime don’t possess the intellectual and emotional maturity to understand the judicial process and contribute effectively to their own defense, according to a new nationwide study.
Researchers from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice found that one in three 11 to 13 year olds and one in five 14 to 15 year olds performed at levels of understanding and reasoning about trial events that are comparable to mentally ill adults who have been found not competent to stand trial.
“Our findings indicate that significant numbers of juveniles who are 15 and younger are probably not competent to stand trial as adults,” said director of the MacArthur Network and the Temple University Psychology professor Laurence Steinberg.
Courtesy Barbara Baals, News and Media Relations
Last men’s b-ball game
Temple’s men’s basketball team has been staging a comeback, and their last home game is March 6 against LaSalle. Tipoff time has been changed to 7 p.m.
This week’s teach-in
A weekly teach-in to discuss current political events is being held every Friday by Professor Ralph Young and students in his Dissent in America class.
This week, Professor Peter Gran will present the discussion, “Iraqi History and the Problem of Eurocentrism.”
Feb. 28, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Gladfelter Hall, room 914.