Looking Back and Thinking Forward: Policies and Practices that Treat Juveniles as Adults in the Justice System
Between the 1970s and 1990s, every state in the United States enacted legislation easing the process of treating juveniles as adults in the justice systems. This lecture explores the consequences these legislative changes have had for both juveniles and society. It also examines how the United States Supreme Court has recently addressed the punishment of juvenile offenders. The talk concludes with recommendations for policy and practice reforms.
The Rubash Distinguished Lecture Series was established through gifts from Norman J. Rubash, a 1957 graduate of Pitt’s School of Law, and his wife, Alice Chapman Rubash, a 1956 graduate of Pitt’s School of Social Work. Each year, a distinguished individual in the fields of law and social work is invited to the University to present a public lecture.