Adult punishment for juvenile offenders appears to be backfiring

A generation after U.S. lawmakers began to treat juveniles who committed crimes as adults, research indicates children tried as adults ultimately end up committing more serious crimes sooner, and the results are prompting some states to rethink juvenile sentencing laws. "There has been a huge sea change ... it's across the country," says Laurie Garduque, a program director at the MacArthur Foundation, which is heavily involved in juvenile justice reform.

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