Juvenile Justice System

A judge this week is expected to decide whether the 17-year-old suspect in the Washington, D.C.,-area sniper case can be tried as an adult and face the death penalty. The case raises questions about juveniles and how they're treated in our justice system. Join host Neal Conan and guests for a discussion of kids and crime.


Larry Abramson
*NPR Correspondent

Laurence Steinberg
*Psychology professor, Temple University
*Author of a new MacArthur Foundation study on Adolescent Deveopment and Juvenile Justice

Robin Shellow
*Defense Attorney
*Specializes in defending juveniles in adult court
*Vice Chair of the Juvenile Justice Commission of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
*Joins Neal from member station WHAD in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Gary Walker
*Marquette County (Mich.) Prosecutor



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