August 01, 2014

Using Neuroscience in a Juvenile Criminal Case

Bethany Shechtel

A 17 year old is arrested at school for possession of 100 grams of cocaine. The student faces an enhancement for possession in a school zone. Under federal law, a juvenile accused of the sale of controlled substances may be tried in adult federal court. A 10-year sentence may be imposed. Should neuroscience and related studies play a role in determining jurisdiction and sentencing in this case?

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