Half A Life: Legal and Policy Implications of Releasing Youth Incarcerated for Murder
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Youth convicted of murder ordinarily serve decades in prison before they complete a sentence or are paroled. At the time of release, many of them have spent at least half of their entire life and all of their adulthood incarcerated with adults in prisons. What are the outcomes for these youth when released in adulthood? Do they commit crimes in their communities or perhaps kill again? What lessons for law, correctional practice and public policy can be drawn from their outcomes? This event continued the discussion that the Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience began with the April 2016 event “Boys to Men to Boys.” The presenters made the first presentation of their original research findings on outcomes of youth convicted of murder and examined other behavioral science and neurodevelopmental research to frame a conversation about whether or how current law, policy, and practice might be informed by the lives these men lead upon release.
Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD, Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience, Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital and Petrie-Flom Center; Associate Vice President for Community Engagement and Teaching Faculty in the Doctoral Clinical Psychology Program and for the Doctoral School Psychology Program, William James College; Faculty at the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior; and Senior Associate for the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
Frank DiCataldo, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Roger Williams University
Karter K. Reed, Community Activist, Advocate, Mentor, and Volunteer
This event was free and open to the public.
Frank DiCataldo and Robert Kinscherff, complete slide presentation
Part of the Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, a collaboration between the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.