Professor Elizabeth Scott Wins Award for Book on Juvenile Justice

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New York, Feb. 22, 2010 – A book on juvenile justice co-written by Elizabeth Scott, the Harold R. Medina Professor in Procedural Jurisprudence, has received an award from the Society for Research on Adolescence.
Rethinking Juvenile Justice, which Scott authored with Temple University Professor Laurence Steinberg, won the 2010 Social Policy Best Authored Book Award.
“This award recognizes a book that exemplifies research on adolescence with implications for social policy. This certainly fits your important contributions to our field,” Bonnie Leadbeater, chair of the awards committee, wrote to the authors.
The book, first published in 2008, outlines a new developmental model of juvenile justice that recognizes adolescents’ immaturity but also holds them accountable. They argue that juvenile justice should be grounded in the best available psychological science, which shows that adolescence is a distinctive state of cognitive and emotional development between childhood and adulthood.
Scott and Steinberg will receive their award at a ceremony on March 12 in Philadelphia.
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