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CJCJ in the news: It’s Poverty, Not the 'Teenage Brain,' That Causes the Most Youth Crime

It’s Poverty, Not the 'Teenage Brain,' That Causes the Most Youth Crime

"But as important as it is to keep the teenage brain in mind when we as a society decide how poor decisions should be punished, maybe it’s not the most important factor in how those decisions get made in the first place. The results of a new study by Mike Males from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco support the argument that teenage poverty, not teenage biology, is most to blame for teenage crime."

Keywords: Juvenile justice, Mike Males, poverty

Posted in Juvenile Justice

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