Department of Psychiatry, Center for Mental Health Services Research
Medical Subject Headings
Juvenile Delinquency; Adolescent; Adolescent Psychology; Mental Competency
Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology
The National Youth Screening and Assessment Project, part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Initiative recently released a guide for policymakers who are considering creating juvenile competence to stand trial legislation. Authored by Kimberly Larson, J.D., Ph.D. and Thomas Grisso, Ph.D., the guide outlines the sixteen most important points lawmakers must consider in the creation of such legislation. Statutory language examples are provided throughout the guide on each of the sixteen key issues.
This guide provides a comprehensive look at juveniles’ competence to stand trial. It will be of use not only to those considering drafting legislation in this area or currently creating juvenile competence to stand trial laws in their state, but also to judges who are addressing the issue of competence within their courts. Attorneys and mental health professionals can also use it to learn more about the application of competence to juveniles.