Reforming the Juvenile Justice System


Research on adolescent development that has underscored important behavioral differences between adults and youths could have a direct bearing on the design and operation of the juvenile justice system.  Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach, a new report from the National Research Council, reviews this research and aims to consolidate the progress that has been made in both science and policymaking to establish a strong platform for an improved system for juvenile justice.  The report also assesses the effectiveness of various reform activities occurring throughout the United States and considers the role of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in supporting scientifically based efforts to improve the fair and equal treatment of delinquent youth.



Advance copies will be available to reporters only beginning at 1 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 12.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EST Tuesday, Nov. 13.  Reporters: To obtain an embargoed copy, contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail