Category Archives: Social science

Why do Victims “Lie”?

Written by Amanda Kay, JD, and Ryan L. Gonda, JD[1] Published in conjunction with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Introduction Children and adult victims of violence and abuse are routinely called upon by the judicial system … Continue reading

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No Perfect Victim

By Sarah Smith, JD, and Carlene Gonzalez, Ph.D., in conjunction with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Most people would agree that the victim of a crime is the last person who deserves to be judged. Yet … Continue reading

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Perceiving Adolescence

By Kevin Lapp, Associate Professor, Loyola Law School|Los Angeles The challenge of demarcating adolescence from childhood and adulthood comes mainly from figuring out when it ends. 18 has been the traditional end point, but many experts increasingly view adolescence as … Continue reading

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25 Year-Old Adolescents?

By Kevin Lapp, Associate Professor of Law, Loyola Law School|Los Angeles Adolescents are neither children nor adults. But who falls within the category of adolescents? Given the great advantages of age-based distinctions in clarity and efficiency, when does adolescence start … Continue reading

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Just World Belief and Victim Blaming

By Alicia DeVault, B.S., and Martha-Elin Blomquist, Ph.D. Media coverage of recent events such as campus sexual assaults and officer-involved shootings brings to light a topic that is not often discussed: victim blaming. Victim blaming can be defined as holding … Continue reading

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Engagement of Victims in Juvenile and Family Courts

By Shawn C. Marsh, Ph.D. and Kelly Ranasinghe, J.D., C.W.L.S. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than three million children were reported to authorities for abuse or neglect in 2012, with approximately two million of … Continue reading

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Overhaul the Juvenile Justice System: Accountability without Criminalization

A new federally commissioned report led by University of Virginia law professor Richard Bonnie lays out a blueprint to reform the nation’s juvenile justice system to better hold youth offenders accountable, prevent recidivism and ensure adolescent offenders are treated fairly. The report, … Continue reading

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Middle School Moment

The title of this post is the title of the excellent video below that Frontline produced on the school dropout crisis.  For anyone who works with young adolescents, its message will resonate, as we learn to identify the signs in … Continue reading

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Policing School Discipline

The title of this post is the title of a recently published article by my colleague, Professor Catherine Kim (University of North Carolina), who is also the co-author of the excellent book, The School-to-Prison Pipeline: Structuring Legal Reform, a comprehensive study … Continue reading

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Children at the Margins: Poverty, Parental Incarceration, and Delinquency

As folks will discover if you become a regular reader of this blog, I am a parent of two girls, ages ten and twelve.  As you may imagine, given my profession and educational background, my family is extremely privileged — both economically … Continue reading

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