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Some defendants are legally adults but are less-than-mature neurologically. Neurodevelopmental research tells us that brain maturation is not complete until mid-twenties. What are the implications of an immature brain? Impulsivity, poor judgment, decreased impulse control and susceptibility to peer influences. Young adults are more likely to engage in risk-taking and to abuse substances. These behaviors are closely linked to the incomplete maturation of the brain’s executive functions.

This month’s criminal topic is Evaluation of Mental Health for Mitigation. Topics covered are:

  • Life Experiences (11/7/14)
  • Youth and Immaturity  (11/14/14)
  • Substance Use (11/21/14)
  • Psychiatric Symptoms (11/28/14)

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