Scholars and lay people alike discussion what causes young individuals to commit offenses. Although many states indicate the legal transition from adolescence to maturity at age 18, researchers question whether the human brain is fully mature at that age. As part of the NIJ Study Group on the Transition from Juvenile Delinquency to Grownup Crime, several students analyzed the variations between those that do not, and also viewed adult that was early and juveniles who persist in offending -onset transgressing.
The Study Group concluded there are critical gaps in knowledge regarding the development of violating livelihood between ages 15 and 29. Investigators know surprisingly little about exactly how many child offenders persist into adult violating and precisely what variables predict persistence. More has to be known about factors which will affect violating between 29 and ages 15.
The researchers concluded that youthful adult offenders ages 18-24 tend to be more similar to juveniles than to adults with respect for their lifestyle, growth and offending conditions.
Changes in laws to address large amounts of teen offenders getting adult criminals must be contemplated. One chance is always to increase the minimum age for referral to 24 or 21 to the adult court, so that fewer offenders will be addressed in the adult program.