Neuroscience Is Changing the Debate Over What Role Age Should Play in the Courts

On a rainy morning in the fall of 1993, Antonio House made a choice he would come to regret. House, who had turned 19 just two months earlier, was a member of the Unknown Vice Lords gang on the South Side of Chicago; his job was to sell drugs for the Lords. When he showed up at his corner that day, a fellow gang member relayed a message from the boss to drive down to some nearby railroad tracks instead. Once House arrived, he realized he was being asked to be a lookout. In a decision that would alter the course of his life, he stuck around. A few moments later, he heard eight gunshots. His boss had just shot two rival gang members. House quickly drove off—later, he claimed…


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