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We have pulled together a few resources for attorneys working with children in the juvenile justice system on how to stay aware of current developments.Brain_maturation_ages_5-20

Mass General, Center for Law, Brain and Behavior : Their mission reads: “The speed of technology in neuroscience as it impacts ethical and just decisions in the legal system needs to be understood by lawyers, judges, public policy makers, and the general public. The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior is an academic and professional resource for the education, research, and understanding of neuroscience and the law”

NPR.ORG is an excellent source for the latest research and news.  A quick search of their web site with the phrase “adolescent brain” brings up 559 articles, including “Why Some Teen Brains May Be Hardwired To Make Risky Choices” by MAANVI SINGH, Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains, and The Teenage Brain: Spock Vs. Captain Kirk, by CORY TURNER.

You can listen to The Hidden Brain podcast by Shankar Vedantem.  While not focusing on adolescent science, you can stay abreast of some of the latest science on the brain.  Since the White House BRAIN initiative, we have seen an amazing number of studies published.

Using WestlawNext at the law library, a search of the law review database for “adolescent brain” pulled up 557 hits.  We can of course, send you particular articles from Westlaw, and provide articles from sources outside the normal collections of law libraries through interlibrary loan with academic institutions across the country.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation works to improve the child welfare system and to reform the juvenile justice system.  For a summary of their work, see their initiatives here.  See also their Juvenile Justice Initiatives and their work for Child Welfare.

We also found a fascinating TED talk on the adolescent brain,  Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain.

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