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ERIC Number: EJ895297
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
King of Cool
Freado, Mark; Van Bockern, Steve
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v19 n1 p45-49 2010
Many teenagers get involved in criminal activity. This tendency is so pervasive that psychologist Terrie Moffitt, one of the world's leading experts on the development of antisocial behavior, has described delinquent behavior as a normal part of teenager life (Scott & Steinberg, 2008). Adults, even those in the justice system, are often at a loss of what to do when these "tendencies" find their way into the justice system. Most do not like the idea of adult prison time for adolescents yet many are left wondering what to do when all other options fail. The authors were asked by a sixteen-year-old boy's attorney to help in his defense. Rick, self-proclaimed as "king of cool," was charged with two counts of arson and one count of grand larceny. He faced seven years of adult prison if the state's attorney, who wanted Rick tried as an adult, got his way. The final report that these authors presented to the judge, Rick and his family, and the attorneys is too long for the purposes of this article. They will, however, comment on what they included in their report and why they did so.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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