By Jeffrey Shook, The New Yorker
A letter in response to Rachel Aviv’s article (January 2, 2012)
Rachel Aviv’s article about Dakotah Eliason and his trial as an adult for first-degree murder shows how adolescents often do not understand the consequences of their actions and therefore fail to show the regret that officials expect to see (“No Remorse,” January 2nd). By treating youths as adults in the criminal-justice system, we are contesting the construct of childhood itself.
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