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Study: Juvenile Defendants Are Unskilled in Court

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Study: Juvenile Defendants Are Unskilled in Court

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Study: Juvenile Defendants Are Unskilled in Court

Study: Juvenile Defendants Are Unskilled in Court

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As the number of young offenders who are transferred out of the juvenile justice system and into criminal court increases, a new study shows a significant number of children who are 15 and younger lack the cognitive skills that would qualify them as competent defendants in adult courtrooms. NPR's Michelle Trudeau reports.