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A New Juvenile Justice SystemTotal Reform for a Broken System$
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Nancy E. Dowd

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479898800

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479898800.001.0001

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Applying J.D.B. v. North Carolina

Applying J.D.B. v. North Carolina

Toward Ending Legal Fictions and Adopting Effective Police Questioning of Youth

(p.239) 13 Applying J.D.B. v. North Carolina
A New Juvenile Justice System

Lisa H. Thurau

Sia Henry

NYU Press

This chapter analyzes the implementation of the Court's decision in J.D.B. v. North Carolina, in which the Court held that police must take the age of youth into account when determining if Miranda warnings are required. A review of 20 state court cases involving police questioning and interrogation of juveniles shows that the notion of developmental maturity is still a foreign concept for some judges and law enforcement officers. The results also indicate that some system stakeholders recognize that youths' fear of authority and incarceration is useful leverage for obtaining information, compliance, and confessions, even while they deny that youthfulness has any role in whether juveniles have the capacity to invoke their rights.

Keywords:   Miranda warnings, juvenile questioning, juvenile interrogation, developmental maturity, juvenile rights

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