Rethinking Juvenile Justice, by Columbia Univesity Professor Elizabeth Scott (Law) and Temple University Professor Laurence Steinberg (Psychology), has been awarded the 2010 Social Policy Best Authored Book Award from the Society for Research on Adolescence.
Scott and Steinberg will receive their award at a ceremony on March 12 in Philadelphia.
From the Harvard University Press website:
What should we do with teenagers who commit crimes? Are they children whose offenses are the result of immaturity and circumstances, or are they in fact criminals? . . .
[Scott and Steinberg] 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. Although adolescents are not children, they are also not fully responsible adults.
Elizabeth Scott and Laurence Steinberg outline a new developmental model of juvenile justice that recognizes adolescents’ immaturity but also holds them accountable.
Congratulations to Elizabeth, whose accomplishment provided a great excuse (as if we needed one) to celebrate at Tamarind restaurant in New York, which I've wanted to visit for years now, and finally made it. I made up for lost time with the Lamb Dopiaza, Samosas, Boondi Raita, Pindi Chana, Bhagarey Baingan, and way too much other food and wine. Excuse me, while I waddle back to Durham now.
Image Right: Tamarind Restaurant in New York City.
Below: A video of dishes at Tamarind